Monkey Dye!

My daughter is expecting her first child this summer. Naturally I’m thinking about baby projects! I came across a pattern on Ravelry for a knitted Monkey, Jacobus, and thought it would be super cute in a baby’s room.

We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl, so she’s chosen bright greens and turquoise as the color scheme since it will go with either. My plan is to make 2 monkeys. One out of each color.

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The first one will be green!

To dye yarn with what is called an Acid Dye (meaning it works on protein fibers such as wool), you will need some vinegar to set the dye (called a mordant). The dye calls for 1/4 cup of Vinegar per pound of wool.

The wool needs to be pre soaked before applying the dye, so I added my vinegar directly to the soak water.

I’ve selected a worsted weight yarn and several shades of green to dye my yarn with.

My skein weighs 4 oz, so I won’t need much dye.

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I started with Jaquard Bright Kelly Green and Chartreuse. I used about 1/4 tsp of the Bright Kelly Green and just 1/16 tsp of the Chartreuse. I like to add a dash of vinegar to the dye mix too – just to be safe. Too much won’t hurt it.

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I use a small bit of paper towel to verify my color before using a foam brush to apply the dye in random spots around my skein. I’ve chosen random patterning because I don’t want a striping yarn. After the first pass, I dilute the dye and do it again.

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After my initial painting of the wool I decided to add in a tiny bit of Turquoise to deepen the colors.

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It worked out beautifully!

I can’t wait to start knitting!

 

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