Three more adventures in yarn dyeing

I know there is plenty to be said for Facebook, both good and bad. I like to use the powers of Facebook, for good and the most interesting thing happened last week. I had posted a picture of yarn that I had dyed on “finished Friday,” on one of the many yarn and knitting Facebook groups that I’m on. A wonderful woman named Mel PM’ed me and we’ve been experimenting with yarn dyeing ever since. The funny thing, she lives in the UK and I live in the US. This is her vblog https://youtu.be/za2TBIwdRNU where she talks about her adventures in fiber adventures (I honestly don’t know what I’m doing with links to utube–she’s at funkyforty).

We chat back and forth, using Facebook pm and sharing images as we dye. There is 5 hours time difference so I’m up early and she’s at it late. It’s a lot of fun! I call us indie dyers, which is probably pretentious since we just as we’re only playing.  Who knows, maybe we could claim that title one day.

So far, I’ve dyed so much yarn, I can barely keep track. Here we go, another three yarn dyeing adventure. (One technically is not yarn but a knitted project.)

I used lions brand fisherman’s wool.

I started with yarn soaked for a half hour in solution on warm water with a “good glug” of vinegar. I used violet and pink icing coloring by Wilton mixed and 1/8 tsp. each to 1/2 cup boiling water.

Then I poured into a pot of water and let simmer until the water was clear. I don’t seem to have a picture. Knowing me, I poured the pink on one side and the purpose on the other. I simmered until the water was clear, about 20 minutes.

It’s 108 yards.

I’ll tell you about the other project, the same day, as I might completely lose track of my work.

Again, using lions brand fisherman’s yarn and pre soaking warm water and vinegar, I used blue and green Wilton dye. I used 1/4 tsp each in 1/2 c boiling water. I poured into a crockpot 1/3 full of water and then sprinkled with purple Kool-Aid.

I let simmer til the water was clear.

This is my favorite so far. It’s 240 yards. I brought it to work, one of my coworkers loved it so much, I gave her five yards. She used it in an art project and gave me a small assemblage. I’ll post a picture later, very sweet and, one might say, my first sale.

A funny thing happened the evening after the dyeing adventure. I went to a show with some friends, and I tried to exchange business cards with someone I didn’t know. I reached into my purse, with my dye colored hands, and pulled out a package of Kool aid rather than a card! (I prefer never to take a plastic shopping bag with my purchases so I popped the packages into my purse at the check out, I thought I had taken all of them out when I go home. I guess not.). How do you explain a package of Kool aid in your purse? If you know me well, you know I don’t.

Here’s another story from last week.

We had another big snow storm and I had just washed my favorite hat, so I couldn’t wear it outside. As I was digging through my basket of hats and mittens to wear outside, I came across this one.

My husband calls it a bed hat. It’s a slouchy hat and it does look like an old fashioned bed had. I decided to dye it with cherry and grape Kool aid.

It came out pretty well. I soaked in warm water with vinegar. Then, I dissolved each packet in a 1/2 cup hot water and simmered on the stove until the water ran clear. This time I used only the koolaid water. I have to admit, it still smells like cherry Kool aid.

Watch out world, soon everything that I own that is white will be hand dyed.

#dyeoneskein

One thought on “Three more adventures in yarn dyeing

  1. Brilliant photos! My husband is particularly impressed by your early pink work! If I had known how much fun yarn-dyeing was, I would have started years ago 😀

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