There's more than one way to dye a ball of yarn ... that's what I learned this weekend at the Lacey Weekend Workshops (the 2008 workshop page is here; 2009 details were emailed out).
This time, we wound our undyed yarn balls loosely on the ballwinder and put a string through the center.
The dye was in crockpots, already warmed when we started dyeing. Our balls were pre-wetted in soapy water, squeezed out, and then dipped 1/3 their depth into a color. We held them by their strings in the dyepot for 10-20 minutes, then squeezed the dye liquid back into the pot. As you can see, we rotated and dipped again, and repeated a third time if desired. My three-dip ball (left) had 6 colors in it once done; the two-dip balls (middle and right) had 4 colors.
This was a fun way to dye! Enough of us were dipping to use up the dye in some of the pots -- the pots with leftover dye were used to put color on some wool roving brought for that purpose.
If you're near Lacey or can get there next July, I highly recommend this annual workshop weekend. The atmosphere is tranquil, the food's plentiful and tasty, and the classes are diverse. I had a fun time!
Oh, and my yarn? The left is superwash merino in a cushy DK weight ... I think it will be a woven scarf; the middle is superwash merino/alpaca/bamboo/nylon sock yarn, yep, for socks; and the right is a funky brown cabled yarn, I'm not sure what it might become.
Do you have another way of dyeing a ball of yarn? I'd love to give it a try, too -- post a note in the comments about your method to share it.
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posted 26 July 2009 at http://askthebellwether.blogspot.com/