Posted by Peg in South Carolina
As the warp gets close to being ready to weave, I decided it was time to get back to the dyepots. That is, if I wanted any weft yarn to weave with!
Each of the red polyester cords is looped around a small skein of 60/2 silk. This makes it easier to lift the skeins up and down in their little jars. Lifting them up and down instead of stirring is how I get the dye to take evenly.
Those polyester cords also make it much easier to find the center of the skein when I am ready to insert my hands in the rinsed skeins to snap them.
And here are the golds. I know, the one on the right looks more lime green than gold. But when dry, and not set right next to the more yellow yarn, it should look gold. And if it doesn’t, I will use it and love it!
I learned that dyeing with two Mason jars in the electric frying pan is different from dyeing with six. With only two jars, more of the water in the water bath is exposed. This means it cools more quickly, or, to put it in reverse, this means that it takes higher temperatures on the skillet to keep the dye bath water the correct temperature.
Covering the skillet, even partially, would help stabilize the temperature. But that is impossible with a tall thermometer sticking up out of a jar!
The red and blue yarns are 60/2 bombyx silk. The gold yarns are the still shinier silk tram only slightly heavier than the 60/2 bombyx.