I have wanted to dye yarn myself more or less ever since I started knitting. I've seen some beautiful hand-dyed yarns. But it seems like such an arduous process between buying acidic yarns, having to cut up plastic bags to put the dyed yarn on, needing to soak it in vinegar to make the yarn take. Plus, I don't know where I would do all that. I could use the sink in the basement, but it's not exactly the cleanest...
Then, I came across this on Pinterest about dyeing yarn with Kool-aid I know it talks about dyeing to reach a gradient, but it broke the whole process down into such simple steps with such basic elements that I got so excited about trying it. So today, while Elijah and I were out and about in DeKalb, I we stopped at Target and I picked up these
When we got home, I pulled out some yarn I had in my stash and made a few small "testing hanks."
I just followed the steps in the tutorial:
Here the hanks are, absorbing the dye on the stove top. I had them in for the full 40 minutes just to see how well the dye would take. While the yarn is in this stage, the house smells like Kool-aid, it's awesome! The only thing I apparently glanced over was the instruction to wash them with a mild soap or wool soap when they are done. So, I grabbed some hand soap. That's mild, right?
Here's the finished project, after the dyeing and washing.
This is the Fisherman's Wool. It come out just about perfect. The only
problem was I bound the hank too tightly so there is a spot of white on
each strand. Lesson learned.
This is the Paton's Grace Sock yarn. I actually love this color. I washed it for a little while just to see if it would get any lighter, which it didn't seem to.