Gosh I had fun last night! I have been wanting to try gradient wool dyeing for a wee while now and decided what the heck last night.
I spied a tutorial of sorts on Crafty Desires and tried it out!
I used 2 50g balls of plain white wool (Fabulous Fibres Charity 8ply – nothing fancy as the trial run) and looped them into eight bunches by looping them around my elbow and hand. I secured each little skein so the chances of tangling were minimised.
I had the dyes all premixed and ready to go on the table and a trusty spoon to dunk the wool in and get the colour soaking well.
I let them soak for a while and the colours took well. I then donned my disposable gloves and got some snap lock bags ready. I squeezed each colour lot of the solution and popped them into a bag each with the joining loop out between them.
I then popped them into the microwave for 2 minutes, rest for 2 minutes and then repeat again followed by one more 2 minute blast. This steams the wool & dye to help set the colour. I then took them out after I had let them cool a bit and squeesed more excess water out. The colours looked great!
I then popped them onto a towel and stood on them to get more water out. I then very carefully wound each section back into a skein so I could hang it to dry over night.
Here is the yarn twisted in a skein this morning once it was dry – shows the colours nicely.
It looks even better when I wound it inot a ball using my handy dandy swift & wool winder:
It was easier than I thought it would be and I am itching to do another lot but a lighter less intense one. Addictive!!!