Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dyeing for Fun Part 6

This week I tried something a little new with dyeing, self striping. After reading a discussion thread on the What a Kool Way to Dye group on Ravelry, I learned an easy way to do self striping. I thought I would give it a shot and then knit a swatch to see how the stripes fared. I was VERY pleased with the end result, and I hope you like it, too! I call this new color Watermelon. It's hard to get a good, exact picture of the colors since they buzz a little being they are complimentary colors. The lighter green is more of a lime color, and the dark is more of a mid-toned green. The stripes are approximately 1 1/4" thick.

Since I used 32 yards of the original skein to knit my swatch, and will be doing so with all of the self striping colorways on the first batch so that I can document what each looks like, I will be selling the remaining 241 yards (approximately) at a discounted rate than I would normally. Please let me know if you're interested!

Colorway: Watermelon Self Striping
Fiber content: 75% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon Superwash
Weight: Sport Weight
Yardage: approximately 241 yards (originally 274 yards)
Unit Weight: 88 grams (originally 100 grams)
Care: Machine Wash/Tumble Dry Low
Dyed with: Kool-aid and Wilton's Icing Dye


  1. That's just awesome. I'm going to find and bookmark that tutorial.

  2. Great job, woman! It looks fantastic! So when does the store officially open??? ;)

  3. Gorgeous! Makes me think of green and candy apples : )

  4. Marushka, the thread was "An easy way to self-stripe" I believe. Shouldn't be too far down on the page.

    Paula, thanks!! I'm shooting for end of March or sometime in April. Still building the webpage/logo/need to get more inventory dyed! :)

    nursenikkiknits, thank you!

  5. Your yarn just keeps getting better and better, I think. This one is making me drool a little, it's so bright and fun and juicy-looking. The swatch makes me think it was made to be a supercute knitted monster.

  6. Thank you so much Kathleen! That means a lot. :) You know, my crochet group said the same thing when I brought the yarn and swatch to show them this week. I was working on my monster I'm making now and they were like "You have to use it to make a monster!" Great minds think alike I guess.