DIY Self Striped Yarn

This is a really fun project that I did a quite a while ago.

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I still have the socks so I guess it was a successful outcome. These are the first socks I ever made!

For my Birthday that year I received a Stauch Petite Drum Carder! So I used it to create my bats, which I then spun up on my Ashford Traveler. It came out a bit lumpy bumpy, but I was still pleased. After all I was just learning at that time. And normally wool processed at home has a more humble appearance anyway.

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Even though the yarn is a bit thick for socks, I had a vision of some self striped winter socks. This method is one for someone that does not have a lot of equipment (like me in those days!). In order for the yarn to have stripes, I would need long repeats of color. That’s just not possible on a normal 2 yard skein. So I came up with a plan.

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Using 2 kitchen chairs turned upside down, I made a giant skein! I’m sure I looked the fool wrapping it around and around (I got my exercise!). Then I tied it into 5 equal parts. Each section measured 11 feet. I actually measured it so that I would have a record if I wanted to repeat the experiment. I used blue ties to mark the divisions and then added some white for stability during the dying. (It’s funny looking at our kitchen before we redid it.)

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My dye was Kool-Aid. I chose Arctic Green (x3), Ice Blue Raspberry (x1), Berry Blue (x2), Lemonade (x3), and Lime (x1). I filled Zip Lock bags propped up in a steam bath with my Kool-Aid and vinegar mixture. To each, I added one section of yarn.

You can learn more about Kool-Aid Dye in my previous Post Using Kool-Aid to Dye Yarn

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Once the yarn had fully dried I was still faced with the task of wrapping it back into a more manageable skein. Well isn’t that what pool tables are for?!? I truly have a tolerant husband…

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Anyway, It took a bit of patience to get it onto my home made Kniddy Knoddy, but I did it.

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All I had to do then was learn to knit some socks! I chose a very basic pattern and a size #3 needle. I must say I’m still very happy with the result.

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One Response to DIY Self Striped Yarn

  1. Andrea says:

    those are fabulous! I still want to knit socks. But I’m so flighty I think I’d better learn 2 at a time, or I’d never have a pair!