My first attempt at speckles

I love speckled yarn and am trying different techniques to perfect my speckles. I wish that I purchased darker koolaid before trying this. Chalk it up to a learning experience, I had a couple learning experiences with this project. Although I wouldn’t say that I’m unhappy with the results.

This is my finished product crocheted with yarn that I dyed on March 27. I purchased salt shakers as I read you should mix your koolaid with salt to make a speckled appearance.

I began by soaking the yarn in warm water with vinegar then squeezed out most of the water and began to shake the color with the salt onto the yarn.

I then covered the cookie sheet with foil and put it in a 350 oven for a 1/2 hour.

This is where I ran into problems, the salt stuck to the cookie sheet and burned in some areas. You can see it above. Maybe I should have placed it on foil? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s best to do with a microwave. I don’t own a microwave. Maybe I should consider one just for this purpose?

You can see some of the scorch marks above. I used the yarn but I had to cut it in a lot of places to get rid of the scorched yarn. This made winding and finishing the scarf a little slower than typical but I do like the way it looks. Next time, I do darker speckles and try foil.

Gradient dyeing

Mel tried to wait for me to wake up so we could dye together but given that we live 5 time zones apart, one could hardly blame her for starting without me. She talked me through her process on Facebook messenger.

She used gradients of blue, so I decided to do the same. After soaking my yarn in warm water and vinegar, I mixed 1/2 tsp violet and 1/2 tsp blue sky in 1/2 c boiling water.

Then I added the diluted dye to 6 cups of boiling water.

I dunked 1/3 of my hank into the solution, pulled it out and then dunked 2/3 of the hank. I pulled it out and dunked the whole thing into the water and simmered it until the water was clear. This happed pretty quickly, about 20 minutes.

This is the finished product.

My yarn didn’t show the variation in color that Mel’s did but after debriefing, we realized that she used 3 times the amount of yarn than I used so each of her dunks absorbed a lot more dye than mine.

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