With autumn finally here, the air is feeling crisp and the atmosphere is starting to get festive. Here in Southern California, fall doesn’t look as you’d expect it to! Beautiful fall foliage simply doesn’t exist. Nature walks this time of year look more like a desert than a forest. Since I’m pining for a walk through the trees, and I can’t travel to the east coast for an autumn adventure like I normally would, I thought I’d live out my fall leaf peeping dreams in yarn!
To create this densely speckled yarn, I chose KNOMAD’s chunky superwash merino yarn SALCANTAY. It has a beautiful two-ply structure and a delightful softness, perfect for hats and scarves. I plan to knit this yarn up into hats to give to my family for the holidays!
Loop a zip tie around each skein of yarn, if you are using them.
Soak the yarn in lukewarm water with a dash of citric acid for about 1 hour.
Make sure to always protect yourself with gloves and a respirator whenever you work with dye in its powder form. A dust mask is not enough protection to safely work with dye powder!
Use the gram scale to weigh out the dye and citric acid in a cup. For 3 skeins, I mixed the following amounts of each color in each of 3 cups:
Use the spoons to mix the dye powder and citric acid powder together in each cup
Remove each skein from the soaking liquid, gently squeezing the excess liquid out of the yarn. You want it to be damp, but not sopping wet. Place the three skeins side by side in the pan, pressing them down and spreading out the skeins so as much surface area as possible is exposed. Your yarn should look like the image above. Add 2 cups of the soaking liquid to the pan with the yarn.
Lightly sprinkle about half the sage leaf dye powder mix over the yarn. Try to distribute the powder evenly so you get lots of evenly dispersed speckles. Repeat this step with the moss green and forest green dye mix.
Cover the pan and heat the yarn for 10-15 minutes. Remove the cover and allow the yarn to cool for about half an hour.
Using gloved hands, flip each skein over so the other side is facing up. Repeat the dye sprinkling process: Lightly sprinkle the dye powder over the yarn until you have the desired amount of speckles on this side. For even distribution, aim for the same amount of speckles on this side as you had on the other side of the skein. I don’t measure very precisely, I just roughly eye ball it.
Cover the pan and heat the yarn for 10-15 minutes. Remove the cover and allow the yarn to cool completely.
Rinse and dry the yarn as you normally would.
Enjoy your finished yarn! Make sure to tag us using #Knomadyarn so we can see all your fabulous projects.