Remember the dyeing day with Ellen? Well, after my failed attempt to practice a complicated navy on that day, I need to dye up the sweater’s worth of yarn. My plan is to knit the Margo Poncho for the Wearable Blanket KAL we are hosting on the podcast. I tried the poncho on at Vogue Knitting Live in Minneapolis, and overcame my wariness about how it would look on me. It looked like the kind of effortlessly chic laying piece I wear in my daydreams. You know, the one where I live in a stone cabin and walk to the end of the dock with my morning tea cupped in both hands?

Knit Picks Stroll Sport Bare

Here’s what I know:

  1. the yarn will be held double since it’s sport and the pattern calls for aran
  2. the pattern is a mix of big cable panels and stockinette
  3. I’m sick to death of all the neutrals in my closet
  4. I’m blonde and blue-eyed and it’s hard to go wrong with blue

Here’s what I did:

  1. Twisted the yarn quite tightly and dunked it in Blue Spruce for a dark green start

after the Spruce Blue dye

After the green

2. Chucked the opened skeins in a pot of Brilliant Blue

Brilliant Blue

3. Tied a knot in each skein at a spot where I liked what the blue and green had going on

tied a knot

4. Threw the knotted skeins into a pot with Charcoal (but not a lot – learned my lesson last time!)

After the charcoal

5. Where the knots were the under-colour was preserved, as you can really clearly see in the one skein at the bottom right. So I opened them up and held each one in a pot of weak Charcoal until I felt like the pop of colour was no longer a POP OF COLOUR OMG DID YOU SEE THE COLOUR?!?

Here’s what it looked like afterwards. (Roughly. Because the blue in this is just not showing up right. I’ve taken about 55 pictures in different lighting with different backgrounds all over my house. It’s just camera shy.)

This wearable blanket is going to be so so so so so so so so so exciting to work on!

Dyeing fun