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Dye job No.1

A few weeks ago I made my first foray into yarn dyeing. I hadn't got round to showing you the results as my leg has been giving me gyp, but that's not for here.

I'm very pleased with the way the colours turned out. I used some Dylon Multi purpose dye in Mexican Red and cold water dye in Yellow Glow. Sadly these little tins of dye are being phased out. On the bright side they were going cheap in Robert Dyas.

The yarn is Zirton Trekking which felt a little thin but has puffed up nicely during the dyeing process. I used the steam fixing method as I don't own a microwave, my kitchen is tiny, and I only have one spare saucepan.

I've started making some socks with the yarn, it's lovely to knit with.


cobweb said…
Looks great! I always fix my yarn by baking in the oven as I have limited space. I have a dedicated roasting tin, and cover it in foil and bake in teh oven. You do need to make sure the yarn is damp enough obviously! I've not tried using dylon, I get my dyes from here:

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