I enjoyed my first dying experience on Friday and Saturday so much that I decided to do a little more on Sunday. I wanted some different coloured yarns for making some of my Felted Teething Rings so I cut some natural Cascade 220 into 10 gram lengths.
The first one I did in the crock pot, because the dye broke as I was mixing it. I was going for a purple, so I chose the Violet that came in the wilton's box. Apparently it had Red-40 in it, rather than No-Taste Red. Red-40 "breaks" when you add vinegar (which sets the colour) and the purple seperated into blues and reds, rather than the combined purple. I thought it would look cool dyed up though, so I pooled the yarn up in the crockpot and poured the dye in. I did add a bit of extra purple (using no-taste red and royal blue) because I really was looking for purple and not red and blue.
Here it is in the crockpot.
Skeined up, it looks like this.
I think it turned out really well!
The red I also did in the crock pot. I used the No-Taste Red and even threw in some burgundy. For whatever reason, it ended up a pretty solid colour. That's just the way it goes sometimes, you never know what you are going to get.
Same thing happened for the green and yellow. I dip-dyed these and was surprised with how uniform the colour ended up being. I guess I should have left a little more of the skein out of the dye. Oh well, that is what experiementing and learning is all about!
I still really love these colours. I think they turned out great.
The final bit of yarn I did was also for teething rings. This used two shades of brown (the brown in the box, and a darker one that I custom mixed using the red and green) and dip-dyed them. These tonal skeins are by far my favourite. Both the browns turned out really rich and dark. I love this skein and will likely make more. The plain brown that came in the wiltons mix is quite lovely (it is the lighter brown, and quite golden).
I knit up some of the yarn into teething rings already. I wish I had the good camera because my photos ended up a little blurry. Ah well, here they are. Two sets of teething rings (I am keeping these ones). I love how the stripes look when they are felted. I also used Pancake and Lulu and natural Cascade 220 in these sets. My project page is here.