Tired of the doe eyes, I pulled out all the natural skeins for a round of dyeing. This time I used Wilton colors and the crockpot. Actually, two crockpots of different dimensions, which explains why I have lighter skeins and darker skeins. I love the richer colors I was able to achieve, but am less fond of the patches that didn't take any color. Any suggestions for ensuring the yarn takes dye when you're pouring multiple colors in the mix at the same time (and therefore don't want to move the yarn around much)?
I had my eye on a gorgeous blanket pattern from Ravelry, but wasn't ready to commit to the project yet. I decided to give it a try using a few of the colors and made a little floor rug instead. The bulky yarn meant the blocks were far larger than the ones called for in the blanket, but I like it. I could have pieced it together better, though. Time to learn to block.
All I had left of the stash untouched at that point was the light pink skeins. Those went to the next dyeing experiment: kettle dyeing dry yarn by putting it into a uniform dye bath at slightly delayed intervals. By doing it that way, the yarn soaks up the dye at different rates, and gives you a subtle variation in color. Then I saw this new cowl pattern, and put the yarn right to use.
At this point, just the dyed blue yarn is still in the stash. But it's all neatly wound and ready to go. Since it looks like I'm going to keep on dyeing my own yarn, I went ahead and bought a swift and ball winder -- I went to town on what I already had too, as you can see.
Not too bad a use for all that yarn, eh?