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.

One thought on “My first attempt at speckles

  1. I think it’s a great first attempt. I am finding it a very steep learning curve and the yarn usually doesn’t come out quite as I expect. What are you going to try next?

    Mel

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