I spent a day doing a little playing with yarn recently. I was trying to overdye my Autumn Whispers yarn, and I wanted to try a few new fibres at the same time. Some bluefaced leicester and nylon sock yarn, and some merino silk lace (a blend with more silk than our existing merino lace).
I love the way different dyes take to different fibres. I purposely dyed each skein with something comparable so that I could see how they compare. First, the sock yarns. I dyed the BFL (on the left) it with a skein of Merino Sock, which is in the middle. You can see the merino takes the dye better than the BFL. The third skein is merino/nylon, and dyed the same as the merino.
And the laces. Silk is probably my favourite fibre. You can see below, it just takes dye so beautifully and gives much stronger colours. It is also shinier! I’ll have some fun knitting this one. I’m not big on shawls, but a cowl might be a good idea now that the weather has offically turned.
I’m not sure if either will end up in the shop… the BFL because I’m not as happy with how it takes the yarn, and the silk because I’m not sure if I could do it for a reasonable price (my tastes do run expensive apparently). But I’m interested in hearing what others think of the results?