Have a great weekend!
I hand painted/dyed a 100-gram skein of Knit Picks Stroll Bare (undyed fingering yarn) using Paas Easter egg dyes and some blue food coloring.
Hand painting means to apply the dye by hand rather than submerge the yarn in a dye bath. Dyeing by hand is less predictable and is nearly impossible to replicate than other types of dyeing. Submerging yarn (or fabric) in a large dyepot or vat can be reproduced as the dye penetrates the fibers in a more uniform manner.
The fixative for setting this dye is acid i.e. white vinegar. I just followed the instructions for the ratio of vinegar to water: Three tablespoons of vinegar to dissolve the dye pellets to 1/2 cup water. I used 2-3 dye pellets per 1/2 cup water to get more intense colors.
After the yarn was saturated with color, I wrapped the yarn in plastic wrap and nuked it 2-3 minutes at a time and allowing it to cool between so as not to scorch or burn the yarn. Once it came out of the microwave sizzling, I let it cool before rinsing it in warm to then cool water till it ran clear. It turned out beautifully.
Back into the dye pot, or rather the dye plastic wrap/microwave. One of these days I will find a large enough pot that I can dedicate to dyeing. That day hasn’t arrived yet.
This time I used blue, purple and red dye pellets. I think I went overboard with the red though I only used one tablet mixed with a blue one and a purple one. I mixed up three different iterations of the dyes and squirted them using one bottle without washing it in between colors.
I just want to knit it up!
I bought them all and used some on a skein of Knit Picks Bare fingering yarn. I’ll show it to you as soon as it dries…which might take a day or two what with all the muggy, rainy weather we’ve been experiencing.
Anyone have an idea for all the wire egg dippers I have accumulated??
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With “those” socks in hibernation mode I decided to get back my sock knitting mojo with Easter egg dye. I’ve wanted to try this for a long time and just didn’t have the inspiration/courage/chutzpah to do it. Until now.
One dye tablet per cup and an extra one for some food coloring dye. I followed the directions on the box and mixed each tablet with three tablespoons of white vinegar until dissolved. Then added one-half cup of water to each cup.
Most yarn dying instructions say to presoak the yarn in a water/vinegar bath before dying to help the yarn absorb the dye evenly. I wanted to leave some of the original colors so I skipped this step as I didn’t want too much wicking between the colors.
Since this is my first experience with over-dying anything, I over-dyed similar colors to the original. Purple over pink, blue over green, red over pink, yellow over yellow, green over green red over cream, and orange over yellow. I eventually added a few drops of orange to the yellow to make it more intense.
LET THIS COOL BEFORE TOUCHING!!! Seriously, this is hot!!
Mixed with two other balls of yarn for another pair of Dorothy’s Slipped-Stitch Spiral Knit Socks!
This is just one of many ways to dye. I got my instructions here.
Have you dyed your own yarn? Which method did you use?