Tuesday, April 2, 2013

yarn dyeing

yarn soaking in vinegar


easter egg dye

yarn just dyed
yarn soaking after mircowaving and cooled

hanging out to dry


I finally did it! I dyed the bare wool yarn I have had here for over a year, waiting to have this done to it. It was so easy and fun, I am not sure why I put it off for so long. I followed a few different instructions to find something that worked with what I had on hand.
I used Knit Picks Bare  and Easter egg dye.
First I soaked the yarn in a cool bath of 3 inches of water and 1 cup on white vinegar for 30 minutes. Then I drained it and got as much of the water out as possible, you want it damp not soaking wet. Then I mixed up the Easter egg dyes that I had on hand. (Following package directions.) I carefully dripped the colors around so as not to saturate the yarn, but get a good color combos. This part was all done in a large trash bag. Then I covered the yarn up in the bag and stuck it in the microwave for 2 minutes, let it rest for 2 minutes and mircowaved it again for 2 minutes. I took the yarn out and set it on the counter until it cooled completely and then placed it in cool water to rinse it. I squeezed out as much water as possible, ever so gently, you don't want to felt it, and hung it outside to dry. Happiness! It looks so lovely hanging outside in the sunshine. I have no idea what I am going to make with it. It is just roughly 260 yards of bulky weight yarn, but it is lovely.
I think I am going to order some sock weight yarn and dye that. Lovely rainbow socks. :)

19 comments:

Lisa said...

I have been wanting to do this!! Thanks for sharing this. You make it look do-able. :)

Lady Cordelia said...

wow! That rocks!
XO

Anneli said...

Love that yarn!

sustainablemum said...

Wow, that is gorgeous and you make it sound so easy!

karen said...

I am impressed with your yarn dyeing skills! Fantastic!!

Katharine Blair said...

The kids did this at the Children's museum in Baltimore last year and it was so much fun. Why are we always so afraid to take these things on? The yarn is lovely. Now, what to make with it?

sara said...

I'm totally going to try this with my kids! It looks like fun and it turned out great!

sara said...

I'm totally going to try this with my kids! It looks like fun and it turned out great!

The Sitting Tree said...

The yarn looks amazing! I haven't dyed rainbow yarn in way too long. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Lisa @ HappyinDoleValley said...

Congrats on creating such colorful yarn! You really do make it look east. :)

Kelly J. R. said...

Beautiful indeed! I actually bought some dyes last fall and haven't cracked them open yet. I don't know what I'm waiting for!

Darcel said...

I love it! I want to dye yarn so bad...would love to have the kids help me paint some. Maybe this summer.

Amanda said...

Nice, I love it! I have yet to dye up a rainbow colorway...yours looks perfect.
Amanda- wildarmadillos.com

Amanda said...

Nice, I love it! I have yet to dye up a rainbow colorway...yours looks perfect.
Amanda- wildarmadillos.com

steph said...

you make this sound pretty easy!!! can't wait to see what you knit with it!

Lise Estelle Brault said...

Congratulations! It looks really really nice! You make me want to try it too!

lieslmade said...

How cool! I've been wanting to experiment with dyeing fabrics and yarns. I have some secondhand cotton yarns in colors I'm not too in love with so I'm hoping to strip and re-dye them.

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SuzyQ said...

What a brilliant idea! I would love to try this. Thank you for the inspiration :)
That yarn will be really fun to knit up!