I am by no means an expert dyer of yarn. In fact I am, like most things I do, a "fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants" type of gal. I have things swirling around in my head most of the time and sometimes when the wind is right (and the kids are happily amused), the dye muse comes to my house to stay for a while.
When I received some beautiful Optim from Mandie at Ewe Give me the Knits (don't you LOVE that name), I knew that some of it was destined to become a rainbow coloured yarn for me to play with.
I thought I would try microwave dyeing and use my Gaywood Dyes and so set about soaking the Optim. It didn't take soaking very well and I found I really had to squash the water in to get to it take.
When it had soaked for about 15mins, it was laid out in the microwave dish and the dye mix was ready to pour over the yarn.
I settled on good old ROYGBIV (Red/Orange/Yellow/Green/Blue/Indigo/Violet), but used the base of Red, Yellow and Blue and sections and let it bleed into each other to get the other colours.
After a stinky hot steaming in the microwave (mine is a high powered microwave) for approx 6 minutes, I took it out, sealed the lid back on, and let it sit in the sunshine for about an hour.
It dried into a lovely looking piece, with quite strong colours but when I pulled it into strips I noticed how white it had really stayed.
Through experimentation I have found that Microwave dyeing (for me at least) never reproduces strong colours, as opposed to dyeing yarn on the cook top.
It spun up so softly and really, although it was a lot paler that I had planned, 416m of 100gms Rainbow Optim later, I was a very happy camper.
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