I’m not sure that I’ve mentioned my knitting group on here but for almost a year now, I’ve been meeting once a week with a small group of knitting gurus. In that almost-year, they’ve gone from being ‘my knitting girls’ to ‘the girls’. I love them. Dearly. They’re fun, they’re creative…..and they’re kooky. I couldn’t love them more.
Each week we gather in the evening after kids are tucked in bed and we knit. We share our stories from the week, our frustrations in life, we discuss movies and tv shows, we knit, and we laugh. A lot.
This week, we decided to try something a little bit different. We thought that we would try our hands at dying our own yarn. I used my crock pot and they brought over their big stock pots. Using Wilton food coloring as our dye and a splash of vinegar, we set to work. Unfortunately, both of my camera batteries were dead so my photo documentation of the evening is sorely missed.
The next morning, I hung my dripping wet yarn on the line and admired my handiwork.
I’m not normally a fan of such light colors, but I think that this colorway is just lovely if I do say so myself. And in case you’re curious which Wilton colors I used to achieve this combo…I used black and a teeny bit of violet. See, when I added the black color, it immediately separated into a gorgeous blue and purple blend, but the purple was a tad light for my taste. I mixed up a little violet and poured it in 3 spots. Turned out kinda nice, don’t you think? I think I’ll name it….um….wow. I’m not cut out to name yarns. It makes me think of the sky just before a really good spring storm, though. “Calm Before The Storm” or um….”Bruised Sky” or….yeah, I’m not so clever this morning. Forgive me.
Problem is, I’m uninspired in my knitting at the moment. I’m still a very slow knitter and I seem to find less and less time on my hands as each day passes. So, what I want to do with this yarn is pass it on to one of you guys. Whether you knit or crochet or just want to use it for kid crafts, I want it to find a loving home.
You know what that means! It’s time for a giveaway.
To enter: Leave a single comment telling me either what the yarn should be named or how you feel about spring storms. See, I love them. A lot. I’ve always secretly wanted to be storm chaser. But…back to the giveaway….
Leave your comment before 12 pm CST on Monday, March 15 and I’ll randomly select a winner soon after.
If you want an extra entry or two, link to this page on Twitter and/or Facebook and leave a separate comment linking to each one.
Thank you and good luck!
A little info on the yarn: I know very little about dying yarn. This was more experimental than anything, so I cannot promise perfection. I can only promise that it’s yarn. 220 yards of100% Peruvian Wool dyed in a crock pot using Wilton food coloring and vinegar. No scary chemicals. Hand wash separately in cool water and hang to dry.
WINNER: Congratulations, Leigh! Email me and I’ll get the yarn to you.
As far as the name, you guys had some awesome suggestions! I think I’ll go with Impending Storm for this batch, but might just use the other names for inspiration for other colors as I keep dying. Thank you all!