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When I browsed the websites and blogs, I found that yarn dyeing was really fun, and really want to try it on our own.
Before I tried it, I wanted to know which dyeing method is the easiest and cheapest (you know, if you don’t like the outcome of the colour, you won’t feel too bad because the cost isn’t that much.)
I searched for few websites and found out the following:
1) using the dyeing kit, with yarn, colours inside.
2) using Koolaid, this is good, it’s cheap and they have many colours.
For the first try, I did want to use the Koolaid, there are few websites introduce this method:
1) in Knitty.com
2) in SnowAngels , she posted the whole instruction with pictures, very clear with some samples too.
3) in bevscountrycottage.com , it has information for both stovetop method and microwave method.
The links on the above are all very good for references.
Angel and I tried to dye one skein of yarn tonight, it’s FUN! (However, we are not using Koolaid, she brought her own food color dyes.)
She showed me how to dye. (as following)
Prepare the materials for dyeing:pair of gloves, yarn, dyes, acid (e.g. vinegar), and big containers.
Add some water to the container and add few drops of acid, then soak the yarn with the mixture for a while.
We planned to have a light purple yarn, so , first of all we add the blue colour dye into the water (in another container).
Here you can see the dye is dissolving in the water.
Then, we add little red dye to it, if you find that the colour of the water is a bit too dark, you can remove 1/4 of the mixture and add some clear water in to lighten the colour.
Now, the mixture is ready for dyeing, and then soaked yarn is read too (pour out the acid water from the container). Put the yarn into the colour mixture container, and make sure the water cover up all the yarn you want to dye.
Put the container with yarn and mixture into the microwave and heat for 2 minutes.
IF the colour runs out from the water (that means you can see the water is CLEAR.) it’s done, otherwise, put it back into the microwave and heat it again, until the water in the container is clear.
For this time, we only heat once, and the yarn is fully dyed with light purple.
It’s a mixed of white, pink and purple, because the colour dye was not fully dissolved in the water, so the yarn was not fully dyed with light purple. Well, Angel and I love this combination though, so we decide to keep it like that.
Next step, wash it throughly , hang it to dry and ready to knit. 🙂
IT’s easy and fun!!!
we will definitely find more nice yarn in the future and dye more nice colored yarn together. 🙂
(Thanks Angel for bringing so many materials and containers to my house, you are so helpful!)
是很好玩的, 不過, 不是很多人喜歡自己染, 都是外面買現成的較方便嘛!
我們是用微波爐, 不是烤箱, 所以不會著火的. 哈!
再者, 兩分鐘後的水都仍是暖的, 不會灼傷手! 🙂
I had so much fun tonight! By looking at the pictures, it reminds me of the wonderful times we spent together!! The yarn is now drying in my laundry room. It looks soft and pastel like. I just need to think of what to knit with it. What do you think of the pattern you copied from the latest Phildar magazine?! I can try bigger needles so I will have enough yarn, as you know this colour is not repeatable! What do you think?
Thank you for sharing with me. I had a lot of fun tonight!
Yes, Angel, we just had a very fun time last night.
Yeah, I think that light purple new dyed yarn should be great on Phildar’s Shrug. Try it, that pattern is extremely easy, and as you said, it’s a MUST KNIT!
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