Kinky Candy Gradient

Eat, Knit and Dye

Remember how last week’s dye experiment had so much dye left over? I used it up on this project. I don’t like to dump unused dye down the drain because first off, its money that is just being washed away. Second, I don’t want the dye getting into the water supply and harming marine life. (Did you know the Puget Sound in Seattle has so much caffeine in it from our wastewaters? It’s true, look it up!)

I frequently have glass jars of unexhausted dyes that I use on yarns to make mystery colorways. I’ll have to write a post on that in the future, but for now, I have two pots of dye using Jacquard Acid Dyes in colors Turquoise and Hot Fuchsia. I’ve done a bunch of gradients before, but I wanted to see how it would work in pots.

This week’s yarn of choice is Kinky Yarn, a 100% Superwash Wool that comes in a nifty tube, which is just perfect for dyeing gradients because you don’t have to make your own. The coil of yarn was soaked in water for 2 hours before starting. I unrolled half of the coil and started dipping it into the dye bath.

I draped the yarn over the edge of the pot, made sure the coil was nowhere near the flame, and let the dye (finally!) exhaust.

The pink end was pulled out of the hot water and cooled to the point I could touch it. Then other end was uncoiled, and I repeated the same dipping into the Turquoise. I made sure the Fuchsia and Turquoise overlapped to create lovely shades of purple.

Once I was happy with the overlap, I let the coil hang out in the dye bath until the dye had exhausted.

Using this method, I highly suspected that there was unexhausted dye inside the coil, so I put it all (and the Twisted Skein from last week) into the water and let it heat for another 15 minutes until the water was completely clear. The yarn was rinsed, patted dry with a towel and hung up to dry.

I’m pleased with how this yarn turned out. I should note the Hot Fuchsia is so intensely bright that it blew out on my camera. I’m okay with the near glowing brightness. I do wish there was more of a gradient overlap. I think this isn’t my favorite way of getting smooth color changes. But I’m glad I tried it because now I know!

To keep the kinky texture, the yarn should be kept in its tube form. You can knit directly from this tube. However, I wanted to show you how the yarn looks as a cake, so I wound it up.  (Pictures below are not to scale.)

Stay tuned for next week when it’s October and I show you some Halloween inspired yarn!

We also have several other tutorials on how to dye Kinky Yarn!

Ready to make your unique colorway? Hop on over to Makers' Mercantile® and pick up your undyed yarn and supplies. We can’t wait to see what you make, so tag us on social media with #makersmercantile!

About Tara
Tara Warburton is the former graphic designer for Makers' Mercantile® and a fine artist. She specializes in watercolor and colored pencil illustrations. She lives with her two cats, who are not helpful when knitting.

Tara Warburton's Frost Fairy

Knit Purl Hunter October 2019 Knit Along

Join us for Michelle’s Final Knit-Along before she takes a sabbatical!

You read correctly!  This will be Michelle’s final regularly scheduled KAL so skacel is going all out! To celebrate, skacel will be giving away EXTRA pirizes for the KAL drawings!

The first week’s clues drops Thursday, October 10th.

"This will be my last KAL for now as I take a sabbatical to spend time with my ever-expanding family.  Have no worries!  While I am globetrotting and rocking babies, my website and videos will remain in place to assist you.  I will continue to monitor the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry where I’ve made many new friends. I can’t wait to share the yarn, stitches and good times together!" - Michelle Hunter

Project

If you love to “try out” new stitch patterns, then Audition is a KAL you won’t want to miss!  This generously sized asymmetrical shawl debuts four unique stitch patterns. Each pattern features interesting stitches along with improved ways to execute old standards.
 
The shawl is knit using the lovely shades of HiKoo® Simplicity Spray or Simplicity Tonal by HiKoo® and is paired with two skeins of solid HiKoo® Simplicity
 
While the shawl design is a mystery, it is no secret that video tutorials and daily support are available all throughout the knit along.  

Materials

Materials

1 Cake HiKoo® Simplicity Spray 

2 hanks HiKoo® Simplicity Solid 


OR


4 Hanks HiKoo® Simplicity Tonal 

2 Hanks Solid HiKoo® Simplicity

Finished Size

Unknown - It's a Mystery!

Needles

addi® US 7 (4.5 mm) 24" - 32" circular or size to obtain gauge

Gauge

Approximately 20 stitches and 41 rows = 4” in garter stitch, unblocked

Notions

Yarn

Fiber Content

55% Merino Superwash, 28% Acrylic, 17% Nylon

Yardage / Weight

Simplicity Tonal and Solids:

117 yards per 50 gram hank


Simplicity Spray:

456 yards per 200 gram cake

Gauge

US 4-6 needles

3.5-4mm needles

Approx. 5 sts per inch

Care Instructions

Machine wash cold, tumble dry low heat

Shiloh Twisted Resistance

Eat, Knit and Dye

Join the resistance! Okay, the yarn dyeing resistance isn’t nearly as cool as it sounds, but I think this dye technique is pretty nifty and I’ve seen some awesome yarns.

This week’s undyed yarn base is Shiloh - 44% Wool, 42% Cotton, and 14% Nylon. What I’m really curious about it how the cotton will react to the acid dyes. My hunch is they won’t dye but let’s find out!

To keep things simple, I’m only using two Jacquard Acid Dyes in Turquoise and Hot Fuchsia. Here's your safety reminder: wear a respirator and use dye-dedicated pots and utensils.

I started with a pot of water, 1/8 tsp of Turquoise and 1 tsp of citric acid. Unsure if felting would happen, I didn’t turn on the heat yet. Instead, I twisted the dry hank up nice and tight and gently placed it on top of the water, where it bobbed like a strange apple. The heat was turned on low and I attended to a different yarn I was dyeing that the same time.

Eventually, the hank sank into the water and became fully submerged. In retrospect, I added to much dye powder because the dye wasn’t anywhere near to exhausting. That’s okay, I used it for another project.

Using tongs (because that water is hot), I pulled out the hank. I was worried because the entire thing looked like one solid color, but I continued.

I was able to use the tongs to untwist the hank and I let it cool in the sink. This is where I got excited because clearly, the resist was working!

Once the yarn was at room temperature, I re-twisted up the wet hank, making sure a lot of the white areas were exposed. Then I put it back into a pot of water, 1/8 tsp Hot Fuchsia, and 1 tsp of citric acid. I turned on the heat and let the hank marinate for about 10 minutes.

Again, the dye didn’t entirely exhaust, so I used it on another project. To make sure all the dye had set and so I wouldn’t be rinsing out water for forever, I put both this hank and the other project using the same dye into a pot of water (some of the dye came floating out of both yarns) and turned on the heat, letting the dye exhaust. You can see a coil of Kinky yarn underneath...you’ll learn more about that next week.

The yarn was then cooled to room temperature, rinsed and hung up to dry. And my oh my, it is sure pretty! I love how the resists kept some areas turquoise and others pink, but some areas blended into a lovely purple. And the undyed areas help break up the color. I even love how the white cotton didn’t dye at all, giving it a fun texture. This is definitely a win for me!

Stay tuned for next week when I use the same colors in a different technique and on Kinky Yarn!

Ready to make your unique colorway? Hop on over to Makers' Mercantile® and pick up your undyed yarn and supplies. We can’t wait to see what you make, so tag us on social media with #makersmercantile!

About Tara
Tara Warburton is the former graphic designer for Makers' Mercantile® and a fine artist. She specializes in watercolor and colored pencil illustrations. She lives with her two cats, who are not helpful when knitting.

Tara Warburton's Frost Fairy

Lillian Double Rainbow

Eat, Knit and Dye

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I am also an artist who works with watercolors and colored pencils. I’ve been lucky enough to be in a handful of art shows and galleries. I love working in those two mediums because of the color blending that can be achieved. I’ve really found that working with yarn dye is very similar to watercolors and I wanted to try an experiment with triads.

This week’s undyed yarn is Lillian - a stunning single ply of 100% Mulberry Silk which will take dye intensely and beautifully. Once it’s dyed it will have this sort of lustery glow. (And yes, I made that word up.)

What is a triad? It’s when you only use 3 colors and mix those to get all of the other colors. I’ve posted an image of "Octopus Garden" that I created using a triad. For those who are curious, I used Phthalo Blue Green Shade, Hansa Yellow Medium and Quinacridone Rose. And it’s created a delightful rainbow of color that all works together because it doesn’t introduce any addition new hues. 

So how do I recreate this on a skein of yarn? To start with, I need three colors of acid dyes. I chose Jacquard Acid Dyes in Turquoise, Hot Fuchsia and Sun Yellow. These colors closely match the art I showed you above.

I filled up my trusty dye dedicated pot with water, 1/8 tsp of the Turquoise and 1 tbsp of citric acid. I used a high amount of citric acid because I wanted the dye to strike quickly. The pot was set to almost before simmering. I also soaked the yarn in water for 2 hours before dyeing.

Holding the yarn in the middle of the hank, I let the ends hang down. I really thought I took a picture of this, but it turns out I didn’t. I dipped just the very ends in the yarn, over and over again, slowly moving up the skein. I made sure that I didn’t go past the halfway mark on the yarn. If I went much further, I wouldn’t be able to get the other two primary colors.

I continued this dipping until the dye had exhausted. I put the hank over to the side to let it cool and added a bit more water, citric acid and 1/8 tsp of Hot Fuchsia into the pot. I picked up the hank of yarn around the middle but rotated the center point over by a third. This ensured that some bare yarn would get the Hot Fuchsia dye and there would be some overlap with the Turquoise but didn’t completely cover it. If that didn’t make sense, you can see the finished hank below.

I bet you can guess what happened next! I let the pink dye exhaust and moved onto the Sun Yellow (1/4 tsp of it!). I again rotated the yarn so that the bare yarn would get the yellow color and then fade into both then pink and the blue areas.

And a beautiful double rainbow has emerged! You can see from this lovely picture from the dry yarn how I held the yarn to dip into the blue dye. 

I’m excited because this yarn turned out exactly the way I want it to. A full spectrum of the rainbow using only three colors. Lillian would be lovely combined with Zitron Traumseide. But did you know you can embroider with this Mulberry silk as well? And that’s what I’m going to. This destined to become part of a fancy dress that I can wear to parties.

Stay tuned for next week where we try out twisted resistance! (Doesn’t that sound like a rock song?)

Ready to make your unique colorway? Hop on over to Makers' Mercantile® and pick up your undyed yarn and supplies. We can’t wait to see what you make, so tag us on social media with #makersmercantile!

About Tara
Tara Warburton is the former graphic designer for Makers' Mercantile® and a fine artist. She specializes in watercolor and colored pencil illustrations. She lives with her two cats, who are not helpful when knitting.

Tara Warburton's Frost Fairy

October 2019 Knit Along with Franklin Habit

Makers’ Mercantile® is pleased to bring you the second Curious Knit-Along with Franklin Habit: the Mermaid Walk Scarf. Mermaid Walk is a simple lace scarf that makes a big splash. Knit with Hikoo®’s intriguing Concentric Cotton, it’s gloriously abundant–a full eight feet long! The dramatic length is suited to a variety of occasions: as a bathing suit cover-up, as a summer wrap for day or evening, even as a statement piece at a beach wedding. But at five stitches to the inch, it knits up far more quickly than you might imagine...

And because this is a Curious Knit-Along, we’ll do more than just knit something pretty together. 

Project

Mermaid Walk was inspired by knitting history, and begins with motifs from Tudor England and Belle Époque France. As the pattern progresses, you’ll experience first-hand how simple changes cause the lace to gradually transform under your fingers, and come to understand the fundamentals of how knitted lace motifs are created. As always, Franklin will be here to cheer you on, offer advice, answer questions, and chat about the history behind the design. The pattern includes both charted and written instructions; and the KAL will be supported with video tutorials for key techniques. Knitters with a good working knowledge of the basics of lace knitting should find this pattern readily accessible.

The KAL is complete; our adventure ran the entire month of October, 2019 ... but you can certainly dive in and experience this fun project anytime!

Thank you! The limited edition kits sold out in less than 24 hours! 

Join the Knit-Along and spend time with other mermaids in the forum:

Materials

Materials

Finished Size

18” high x 96” long, after blocking

Needles

addi® Rocket2 [Squared] US 4 (3.50mm) 24” (60cm) long circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge

20 sts and 28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch

Notions

Tutorials

Yarn

Fiber Content

100% Pima Cotton

Yardage / Weight

929 yards per 200 gram cake

Gauge

3.5-4.0 mm needles

5.5-6 sts per inch

Care Instructions

Hand wash, dry flat

Oh! An Experiment in Bases

Eat, Knit and Dye

This week is a complete experiment! In my yarn dyeing research, I have come across articles where people have gotten some very beautiful results using a silver base instead of a natural base. So in proper scientific experimentation, I decided to use a yarn that we have in both Natural and Silver.

So HiKoo® Oh!  waltzed into my life. Oh! Is super-duper soft 100% Super Baby Alpaca Aran weight yarn. It’s really lovely, I want to make myself blanket out of it and never leave my couch. For the natural base, I used color Heavens and for the silver base, color My. And to keep the color palette simple, I used Jacquard Acid Dyes in Emerald, Brilliant Blue, and Violet.

To start, I tied off sections of the yarn to keep it from tangling and presoaked it water and Synthrapol for an hour. I prepped my counter by covering it in plastic wrap. And to complete the prep, I mixed the acid dyes in glass jars. I used 1/8 tsp of dye and 1 tsp of citric acid in each jar.


The two hanks of yarn were laid out next to each other. Using a syringe, I squirted out the dye directly onto the yarn.

To ensure the dye had penetrated through the entire hank, I gently squeezed the yarn and massaged it. The yarn got a better spa day than me! It’s even going to get a steam bath.

I have to say, I was pretty worried about the grey yarn at this point. It’s just so dark and the colors are extremely muted. But as always, it’s an experiment, so I persevered.

The yarn was individually wrapped into cinnamon rolls within the plastic wrap and popped into the microwave. I ran the microwave for 2 minutes, let it rest for 10 seconds, and then another 2 minutes. I did each yarn separately and used prongs to move the scalding hot yarn from the plate to the sink.

The yarn was allowed to cool to room temperature, and then thoroughly rinsed out. Once the water was running clear, the yarn went out onto the porch to dry off.

And guess what, everything I read was correct! The natural base came out with clear, bright colors. And the silver base came out with rich jewel tones. I’m curious to see what might happen if I did another glazing of blue as an overdye because I think this colorway could use a bit more of a pop.

I’m so excited about how the jewel tones turned out, I have already picked up some more Oh!  in My and HiKoo® Llamor in 1706, a pretty light silvery grey.

Stay tuned for next week where I try out a double-dip triad rainbow!

Ready to make your unique colorway? Hop on over to Makers' Mercantile® and pick up your undyed yarn and supplies. We can’t wait to see what you make, so tag us on social media with #makersmercantile!

About Tara
Tara Warburton is the graphic designer for Makers' Mercantile® and a fine artist. She specializes in watercolor and colored pencil illustrations. She lives with her two cats, who are not helpful when knitting.

Tara Warburton's Frost Fairy