Dyeing Sock Yarn-to-Be

So, this was a Sunday of r & r. We had a nice Saturday afternoon, our string band playing in the park in High Springs during their Pioneer Days celebration. Being old farts, we were tuckered out today.

Sock Madness is in no way over. We’re knitting a “bonus round” this week, with the moderators getting some much deserved rest, and knitters under no guns at all. There are 4 rounds left. I will be amazed if I survive the next. All the same, I plan on knitting all the SM10 socks whether or not I am bumped from the competition. So, I just plain need more sock yarn.

That’s where this spate of dyeing comes in. I have tons of food dye, and I’m not afraid to use it. Many colors. American, Mexican, Indian. I figure…I have to wash fiber ANYway, why not fool with it?

So I dug out a bag of mohair (for blending to make strong toes and heels) and some Raymond, and some alpaca, and some light and dark grey/brown Gulf Coast from Louisiana, and had at it. Some of the Raymond fiber was already carded into batts. Some of the fiber was already washed. And all of it dyed up just great.

I’ll make 50:50 minis with the GC and mohair. The rest (GC or GC/alpaca) will be spun pure.

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Spring Green – GC Raymond Batt and Mohair

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Berry Parfait – GC Raymond Batt and Mohair

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Red Hots – GC Raymond Batts, Black and Tan Alpaca, and Mohair Locks

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Red Sky in Morning – GC Raymond (overdyed sandalwood) and Amber Batts and Mohair

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Remus Holding Down the Morning Sky Locks – GC Raymond and Mohair

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Gigi Having a Lie Down on GCNI Amber Dyed Yellow

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