What about a Pink Base?

Eat, Knit and Dye

The base of your yarn can change the color you get in a final project. We have found it makes colors have more of a jewel tone with a Silver Base and warmer if it has a Buttercream Base. But what happens if you have a pink base? Only one way to find out!

This week’s experiment, I am usingI am using HiKoo® Sueño in 1100 Natural and 1116 Ballet Slipper. It’s an 80% Merino Wool and 20% Bamboo Viscose. It’s a truly delightful yarn.

As you can see, Ballet Slipper is a lovely shade of pink all on its own. I started by soaking the yarn in water for 30 minutes while I prepared the dyes.

I am using Jacquard Acid Dyes which I mixed into glass jars with a 1tsp of citric acid per jar. I used 1/8 tsp of Salmon, Turquoise, and Lilac.

I put the hanks into a pot and filled it with water so the yarn was fully submerged.

The Dye was added into stripes on top of the water and I let it exhaust.

Using my prongs, I checked to see how much yarn hadn’t gotten dyed. It was a lot.

Way more than I expected wasn’t dyed. Time to change tactics!

I switched to a taller stock pot and filled it with a lot of water, so the yarn could freely float.

I directed the dye to the bottle of the pot using the syringes.

Sadly, the blue dye pretty much overwhelmed the pot. I shrugged and let it exhaust. It’s one of those cases where things don’t go the way you want them too. But we will never know if we don’t try!

I rinsed out the yarn and hung it up to dry. I’m still really surprised how much yarn didn’t get dyed. I’m not super thrilled with my results, so these will be candidates for a re-dye

But we have learned that the pink does mute the colors. The blue still reads like a blue on Ballet Slipper, but it has purple undertones. Overall, I would say the pink gives everything the rosy sunset look to things. It’s overall very pretty, and I would recommend it!

Stay tuned for next week and the return of the crockpot!

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.

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