Thursday, February 6, 2014

Let's Dye Some Yarn

Years ago I did a lot of yarn and fiber dying. I did so much I ended up selling a lot of what I did. I had some requests recently so I got my old stuff out and just played around over the weekend. 
It was all technical and stuff. Exact measurements and all that formula sorta thing. 

Yeah right!  I dug out some Easter Egg dye from last year and mixed them up. I started with a bit of green and purple. Then put it on the stove. 
The stove wasn't really necessary because the yarn soaked up the dye immediately. I soaked the yarn in vinegar for about 30 minutes before I dyed it to mordant it. 
The green looked a bit too bright so I over dyed it with some blue. It was great seeing the color change. I added a bit of color here and there and ended up with this.
I left it outside for only a little while before the rain started so I brought it back in to hang by the fire.
I want to knit another Color Affection and refuse to buy any more yarn to knit it. So I'll see what else I dye to go along with it.

9 comments:

Jen said...

Ohh I love this post! I have yarn that needs to be dyed. And Easter egg dye to do it with! I think this would be a good project to do with Ree, do you think? Do you not need to heat the yarn? Just let it soak into the yarn? What does mordant mean? I dyed yarn once a few years & wasn't happy with how it turned out. But I didn't know what I was doing so maybe that's why!

Carole Julius said...

Looks great!

Janet said...

Very pretty!

Mary G said...

love the yarn ... gorgeous tonality ...

Tracey said...

It's so, so pretty Donna and how cool that you dyed it!

karen said...

beautiful color! I am amazed at the yarn dyers out there, it's a craft I'm just resistant to try but I can appreciate other people's efforts.

Sarah S said...

So Pretty! I love your exacting technique. It sounds similar to my own. ;)

Leigh k said...

Very fun.. And pretty!!

Lisa @ HappyinDoleValley said...

Donna, I have a skein I bought from Hannah at Home Baked and have yet to dye it. She used tea...have you ever done that? I'm so inspired but just don't want to ruin it.

Your yarn turned out beautifully!

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