Solving the Problem of Beige

My recent attempt at dyeing with fermented avocado pits was only partially successful – I got three nice pink-ish test skeins out of it (on the left, dry) but two skeins of sock yarn came out a drab beige (still in the pot, so wet, which makes the color look nicer than it is)

avocadopot

So I decided to tweak the color in the pink direction, but only a very little bit.

This could be a general strategy for all those beige skeins!! Beige twisted towards pink is a very attractive color to my eye, an old dusty rose, but beige is just that – beige. My least favorite color. The color that makes even beautiful people look plain. So plain-looking people should steer way clear of it. Not to mention old wrinkled people.

I made a dye bath with 1/4 g cochineal. My ordinary kitchen scale doesn’t go that low, so I weighed off 5 g, divided them roughly in 5, and then took a quarter of that pile. We are down to individual lice, here. I used that on 300 g of sock yarn, two that were already avocado dyed and one white:

avocochineal

The avocado/cochineal skeins are the two in the back, and the middle skein is the one that went into the same dye bath, so it got 1/3 of 1/4 g of cochineal. Not much at all! The two front skeins are two more fresh 100 g skeins of sock yarn that got each 1/8 g of cochineal.

I love all of these pinks, and what is even better is the light-fastness of cochineal. In many ways, the properties of cochineal seem closer to a chemical dye, but it’s all just from a small louse.

And here is one avocado pit/cochineal skein up close

avocado

FACTS – AVOCADO PITS + COCHINEAL

Mordant 10% alun

Water Tap (avocado pits) and rain (cochineal)

Yarn Sock yarn 75% wool, 25% polyamide 350m/100g

Yarn:Dyestuff ratio 1:1 for avocado pits, then 0.08:1 for cochineal

Conclusion The final color is lovely, and tweaking with cochineal could well be a general solution to the beige problem

Her er endelig standardløsningen på de evindelige beige nøgler naturfarvet garn! Jeg har overfarvet med en lille smule cochineal, og det giver en dejlig gammelrosa.

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2 meninger om “Solving the Problem of Beige”

  1. Har du prøvet med en lille bitte smule vaske soda efterbad? Eller tilsat vandet fra starten … Tror vandets kvalitet har meget at sige om udfaldet af farven med avokado, og en smule base bringer de mere rosa nuancer ud med det vand vi har her (på Fyn).

    1. Jeg har prøvet at lade avocadostenene stå i vand med base, men det gav bare en brunlig farve i stedet for de rosa toner. Måske brugte jeg for stærk base, for jeg har senere læst at pH bare skal være lidt over neutral, og det passer jo også med din “lille bitte smule” 🙂
      Tror du hårdt vand påvirker farven med avocado? Indtil videre har jeg brugt vandhanevand til avocado, men det var måske værd at prøve det med regnvand? Jeg ved ikke lige på stående fod hvad forskellen er på det fynske og det gode jyske vandhanevand 🙂

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