When Amy first suggested this challenge — probably back in January — I kind of freaked out. Every time I had tried dyeing, I wasn’t really satisified. I am a hyper-critical person, especially when it comes to a new skill. I hate not feeling confident.

But I agreed to the challenge and I am going to stick with it. And I’m not going to lie. I’m addicted!

Here’s my photo montage of my dyeing process:

Mini Dye Studio



Then I made this:

too small for me ūüė¶ another one for the gift pile!

I guess I better explain what I did. I took some Mirasol Nuna¬†from my stash — white. And I tossed it into a pot with¬†vinegar and¬†neon pink food colouring. I let it simmer on the stove¬†until it was nice and steamy (DON’T BOIL IT). I then had a great¬†melon-y pink colour.¬†I let the yarn sit over night in the pot, then I rinsed it, hung it dry and waited.

I love the colour it turned out to be. I knew it would be a perfect fit with some grey Nuna I had stashing about. So I put them together to create the hat.

Here’s how I knit the hat. I used Lee Meredith’s Game Knitting Theory ¬†(which is the BEST¬†e-book, I have ever purchased. Maybe even the best knitting book I’ve ever purchased. Buy it now… it is awesome!). I cast on¬†124 sts and worked in 1×1 corrigated ribbing for a few rows. I¬†started my¬†semi-annual Criminal Minds marathon, using the word¬†“unsub” as my¬†occurrence (this means, I changed from one colour to another when¬†on of the characters used the word). It’s totally fun. Totally addictive. I think it took me about 5 episodes to finish the project.


hat = 1pt

130-ish yards = 1.5pts.

stash = 1

over-dyeing = 1

colour work = 1

5.5 pts x 2 (for the challenge multipler) = 11 pts!

Also, check out these decreases — kinda proud:

nothing like awesome decreases!

Can’t wait to see what else might be created this month!


About emilymatiszdesigns

Knitter. Designer. Custom order fiend.
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8 Responses to I’m DYEING!

  1. Julianna says:

    Awesome! Yay, we’re all addicted to dyeing, now!

    • ematiszdesigns says:

      that was a quick comment! Are you stalking the blog??

      I can’t wait to show you what I came up with last night!

  2. Is that really all you needed to dye?!?! Don’t tell me these things! You’re making it looking too easy ūüėČ The hat turned out AWESOME, i love it ūüôā

  3. amy j says:

    Oooh, I am definitely game-knitting on the drive back home now, just got to come up with suitable ‘occurances’, maybe everytime we see a billboard for a strip joint/church or gun store as we come up through the southern states?!
    It looks fab Emily, love it!!!! Darn my inordinately large noggin! x
    Miss you guys!

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