Sunday, October 26, 2008

As promised, the hand-dyed alpaca yarn.....

I threw all caution to the wind and dyed my gorgeous soft alpaca/merino yarn using my Landcscape dyes. I had premixed the dyes ages ago so all that had to be done was to soak the yarn in water for an hour, add the dye and some vinegar wrap the lot in cling wrap and zap it in the microwave until it was hot and steamy. Then let it cool and rinse well. I obviously used way too much dye as it didn't all soak into the yarn. I was pretty pleased with it though. I was going for a varigated effect but due to it being a bit too wet I got a more muted result. Should make some nice socks!

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