Dyeing for a Gift

As a knitter, I find it challenging to give gifts to other knitters. I could knit for them, but that always feels weird. I could give something non-yarn related, but that just seems totally ridiculous. If it's store-bought, I just feel like I'm cheating them. So what did I do when a dear knitting friend recently had a birthday? I decided to dye for her! I've been toying with the idea of dying yarn for awhile now and this birthday was the perfect motivation. No matter how it turned out, I knew she would appreciate it and love it for what it was - you know, kind of like a kindergarten art project?

I've had supplies on hand for months now so I gathered them up and took a deep breath. This is what I came up with:

It reminds me of a sunrise or a sunset and I know she'll make something absolutely beautiful with it. I wanted her to be completely surprised so I had to keep it a secret. I'm not good at secrets so this was tough, but her over-the-top enthusiastic reaction made it all worthwhile and she was immediately looking for project ideas!

I'm not sure where this dying adventure will take me, but I know I will be back at it again in the near future. I really enjoyed doing something new just for fun and this experiment sure was fun!

For now, I'm excited to see what this beauty becomes.