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04-30-2007, 05:50 PM
since we now have an actual go-to forum for dyeing, i thought i would start a place to show off our dyed yarns... here are some i have done...
up next will be Lizzy's Yarn, a blue, violet and green yarn... probably tonight :mrgreen:

04-30-2007, 07:18 PM
just a few

04-30-2007, 10:48 PM
My first official wool dyeing experience: This is recycled wool from a thrift store sweater, dyed with blue and green PAAS Easter egg dyes. I poured the green dye on one side of the bowl and blue on the other. The bottom ball is the original color.

05-01-2007, 12:07 AM
My first attempt- cant figure out what to make right now tho :)

Named the colors Valentines and Cotton Candy, since that's what they make me think of :teehee:

05-01-2007, 08:49 AM
:cheering: Everyone's yarn is sooo pretty!! :happydance:

05-01-2007, 11:39 AM
These are beautiful. I can't wait until I can get a little time to start dying my own too! I've been doing lots of reading up on it!


05-01-2007, 10:29 PM
Heh what timing! I just logged on to post a pic of my first attempt - royal blue and a dark olive green.


Everyone's hand dyed yarn looks so pretty!

05-02-2007, 01:40 AM
:cheering: i love seeing everyones yarns! i love the 'cotton candy'- great striping... and the olive green/blue pretty. will post a new one tomorrow

05-02-2007, 07:55 AM
:cheering: pretty!! I've been wanting to try a green and blue.. and then a pink and brown... I need a better set up lol by the time I put the kids to bed.. get everything back in order I'm to lazy to drag it all out to dye :rofl:

05-02-2007, 10:05 AM
Oh wow!
I'm in :heart: with them all...

I've tried some koolaid and Easter egg dyeing lateley, but I can't get the bright color I'm wanting. Does anyone have any ideas how to brighten a color?

05-02-2007, 10:54 AM
I just dyed this for the store.

05-02-2007, 02:24 PM
kemp! i :heart: the colors.. so bright and cheery!

leah- try mixing more kool-aid with your water. like 4 packs to 16 ounces of hot water, soak your roving or yarn in hot water and a generous splash of vinegar for at least 20 minute up to 1 hour. remove the roving/yarn and squeeze out the water. if you are doing one color you dont have to worry about it mixing, so i would just lay the material coiled or like a W on top of a white garbage bag. (i use white ones so i can easily see the dye and the material) Pour half the dye on the top surface, then squish it in and flip the material over and pour the rest on, squishing it in again. check to make sure it has penetrated through. wrap it up like a burrito, then either microwave it or steam it on the stove top. check it after 2 minutes in the microwave 30 on stovetop. looks good? your done. not done? 2 more minutes in microwave, you should be done, 15- 30 more on stovetop. your other option is you could add the yarn after you've put the dye on in a pot with water that has come to a simmer. turn it off, add the yarn, and let it soak for at least 30 minutes. this should get you more even results.

05-02-2007, 03:10 PM
Soooooo pretty! :heart: :heart:

When you dye with 2 colors...and you use 2 different containers....isnt there a bare area between colors? How do you avoid that?

05-02-2007, 04:26 PM
I paint mine on.. so I take a differnt yarn acrylic scraps.. and tie it where I want the color changes.. then I paint what color I want in between each tied off section.. I did have a little white on my last one but not much at all..

05-02-2007, 05:06 PM
here is my Lizzy Yarn... hanging out to dry :happydance:

05-03-2007, 02:18 AM
Here are my few attempts at dyeing with Kool-Aid:

My very first handspun yarn, dyed with Lime Kool-Aid, and knit into a little change-purse.

Some vintage wool (originally yellow) that I dyed with green Easter Egg dye.

I made a mix of PAAS Easter Egg Dye and Kool-Aid for dyeing this batch of wool. It turned out a nice shade of rose. (Pink Egg Dye and Soaring Strawberry Lemonade Kool-Aid).

I used Strawberry Tea Kool-Aid in boiling water to dye this yarn. I'm very pleased with the results. (I think it looks like a plate of red spaghetti, sitting on that paper plate like that.) :teehee:

05-03-2007, 01:54 PM
Jeanius.... :inlove: Thats gorgeous!

Shandeh! That yellow took the green SO prettyliy!

05-03-2007, 06:20 PM
here is lizzy's yarn, all caked up and ready to go....

05-08-2007, 11:24 AM
Proof that coffee can, indeed, do everything:

Mod Squad was here! Photo resize~~Angelia

05-08-2007, 01:28 PM
riverdaughter- i love the color the coffee gave you! so soft and subtle

05-08-2007, 02:08 PM
with Koolaid!


05-08-2007, 03:04 PM
Wow, gorgeous dyes!! And the colors are so saturated--Nice! :inlove:

Given my love of all things coffee, I simply MUST try dyeing with it now! Does it still smell like coffee?! :drool:

05-08-2007, 07:39 PM
knitteramamama- very pretty color, which flavor did you use?

here is my most recent. it will be redyed with the same colors for a more even application. i dyed it after caking it. mistake! :pout: the interior was almost completly undyed. very blotchy. cool effect, but not what i was going for. i did like that the mohair wool seemed to take up the brown faster than the wool, so there is a halo of the brown~very nice!

05-09-2007, 11:51 AM
How in the world do you get those beautiful colors? Mine always turn out, well, wrong.

05-09-2007, 12:03 PM
Oh my God, Jeanius that green is soooo beautiful I could eat it! :drool: :inlove:

05-13-2007, 04:31 PM
ok, here is my first sock yarn... not quite what i was going for, but usable! it's supposed have been peach and green and natural. instead it is almost red and green and blotchy natural. kinda christmasy..... :shrug:

05-13-2007, 07:37 PM
I think your yarn looks happy and bright! :)

05-13-2007, 08:38 PM
Reminds me of watermelon. Looks like summer!

05-15-2007, 10:59 PM
thanks !! i think its quite cheery too. i just need to knit as fast as i dye :teehee:

05-16-2007, 05:50 PM
I was going to say watermelon also. I love it!

Everyone's dye jobs are sooo nice :)

05-18-2007, 05:12 PM
thanks kathy! i used some of the sock yarn you sent me :)

05-18-2007, 06:02 PM
just *some of my hand dyed yarns ;)





05-18-2007, 06:32 PM
those are beautiful pixieknits! love all of them!

05-18-2007, 06:58 PM
those are fantastic, almost makes me want to dye some ;)

05-18-2007, 07:02 PM
i have LOTS more lol its a major obsession of mine. :)

05-18-2007, 08:21 PM

Here's some roving/yarn that I dyed and spun over the last two weeks

Lady Violet
05-18-2007, 10:29 PM
i LOVE that blue and brown on the right. :drool: the one next to it is really cool, too. they're all really pretty. once i get my stash down, i'm DEFINITELY going to start dying. :XX: :XX: :XX:

05-18-2007, 10:32 PM
destashing is for suckers! :) just buy more! :)

Lady Violet
05-18-2007, 10:48 PM
that's what got me into this mess in the first place! :wall:

maybe i should just take it to a thrift store and make someone really happy. i think it's a case of my eyes being waaaay too big for my...knitting stomach. :rollseyes:

05-20-2007, 01:17 PM
:cheering:everybody's yarn is soooo :inlove:!!!!

I need to get busy but I have so much sock yarn that I feel I should use some before I dye more.. yeah I don't know what I was thinking there for a minute either lol...

dscokween~ I love the speckled style yarn you made.. how did you get that? looks very pretty and so different :happydance:

05-20-2007, 02:11 PM
it's handspun, and I dyed the roving before I spun it. There are two plys, so when you put two of those together, they don't really match up in color all the time, creating what's called "barberpoling" or "ragg" style yarn.

05-21-2007, 12:07 AM
dscokween, I covet the russet. :heart:

Last night, I kool-aid dyed some wool to make a soaker for my SO's grandson. The label reads Red Heart Baby Bunting 3 fold 100% virgin wool. My sister gave it to me last October and I don't know what 3 fold means - perhaps 3 ply?

I used some of it undyed last year to make a soaker and the baby's momma wants more, so I must've done well. I double-stranded it and will do so again. The red will be used for the trim.

Ice blue raspberry lemonade and tropical punch are the "flavors."

05-21-2007, 01:15 AM
i love the ice blue raspberry yarn! i look for that flavor everywhere i go :drool: i so want to use it!:heart: nice dye job zip!

05-21-2007, 08:39 AM
it's handspun, and I dyed the roving before I spun it. There are two plys, so when you put two of those together, they don't really match up in color all the time, creating what's called "barberpoling" or "ragg" style yarn.

:cheering:Thank you.. it is very pretty.. my mom is wanting to get into spinning.. she is looking for the perfect spinning wheel right now.. she went to a knitters/spinners weekend and they let her try it out.. she really enjoyed it... which means I can have her show me after she gets it all down :shifty::rofling:

Zip~ love the colors!!!

05-22-2007, 01:33 PM
This is what I've dyed till now:

For the yarnswap:

Second dyesession:

I made these a few days ago:

Lady Violet
05-22-2007, 01:42 PM
next time i go to the grocery store i may just have to stock up on some koolaid. these are all so gorgeous! :inlove:

05-22-2007, 01:58 PM
Mine aren't dyed with koolaid, but with eastereggdye. It works just like koolaid, only you have to add acid (vinegar).

Lady Violet
05-22-2007, 03:19 PM
then i'll have to get some of both. cheep hand-dyed yarn, here i come! :happydance:

05-22-2007, 04:12 PM
i love the ice blue raspberry yarn! i look for that flavor everywhere i go :drool: i so want to use it!:heart: nice dye job zip!

Want me to mail you a pack or three?

Thanks to each of you for admiring my first dye effort!

Lieke, nice work! I sought easter egg dye one day after Easter. Every store I visited had zilch. Next year, for sure.

05-23-2007, 02:53 AM
Thanks. Here in the Netherlands, they had easter egg dye for weeks after easter. I had just enough to dye all the wool I ordered.

05-29-2007, 08:28 PM
Hi ya'll! I used to post here a while back and then life got away from me. I've been dying my own sock yarn for a little while and thought I'd contribute to the thread....




Maybe I like pink, black and blue, no?


05-29-2007, 08:38 PM
wow melanie! you have some seriously pretty yarn! i love those:heart: i like how the pink and blue yarns look, are they gradient dyed?

05-29-2007, 09:44 PM
J- I hand painted with several different shades of each color. I just put the dye on kinda random, so it's not a gradient type thing.

Lady Violet
05-29-2007, 10:49 PM
those are absolutely gorgeous! :inlove:

those top 2 would make some great punk socks. :teehee:

06-01-2007, 08:28 AM
Lieke~ Very Pretty!!

melaniedc~ I love that pink and black... very pretty colors...

Here is something I did awhile back.. finally got the pictures on the computer... I dyed it with a friend in mind.. my dh called it the happy yarn...:rofling:

06-01-2007, 11:05 AM
it does look happy!:drool: very pretty

06-01-2007, 12:04 PM
I LOVE that black and pink! Gorgeous!

06-01-2007, 05:01 PM
Thanks! The black and pink is one of my favorites! Glad you guys like it!

06-15-2007, 10:02 PM
some recent yarns:



and these, Nana's Garden,also:
sock yarn (wool/nylon)


and lambs pride yarn (to be a hat)


forgive me the craptastic pics, i took them with my phone, cause my digi needs new batteries :ick:

06-20-2007, 02:44 PM

I already have a vision of my first dying project...I just need to get the bare yarn to do it...

DH even named it for me! :roflhard:

06-22-2007, 11:53 AM
Jeanius, all of those look great! I especially like the pink and green...great combo!

Miss Kittie
06-22-2007, 12:37 PM
Everybodies yarn looks so good.. Love the pink and black.
Here is some of mine, [I keep forgetting to take pictures]

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b285/Gato2perro/th_100_1560.jpg (http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b285/Gato2perro/100_1560.jpg)


06-22-2007, 04:39 PM
Wow all those look great. I love all the different colors. I tried my first varigated dye the other day. The Blues are an acid dye and the other is koolaid.

06-24-2007, 12:37 PM
Hi everyone I am a new member and anxious to learn everything i can about spinning, dyeing, weaving knitting ect... anyhoot me and 2 of my gal pals recently took a dye class...Looky what we made. Now I need to find a easy knit pattern to make myself something special


06-24-2007, 12:46 PM
Dustinac... LOVE :inlove::inlove:the happy yarn.. It looks like cotton candy~!!!


Everyones yarn looks so FABULOUS~!! Such vibrant, dreamy colors~!

07-08-2007, 02:39 PM
here is my most recent dying... it's not yarn, but it will be!

4 bombyx silk hankies, 16-20 grams total, dyed with food colors black, royal blue, and violet. i really like how the violet dyed this time. very vibrant!

this is the top side


and this is how the bottom looks, a little bit of white, but it should blend well when i spin it all together!


07-09-2007, 01:15 PM
Gorgeous... Gorgeous... Gorgeous... I just love those colors.

07-09-2007, 01:56 PM

07-12-2007, 09:49 AM
This is my recent dyeing. I dyed cascade fixations with procion dye.




07-12-2007, 12:46 PM
lieke- that looks so summery! nice job! i haven't tried dyeing cottons yet. i need to convince dh that i need a variety of procion dyes :rofl:

07-14-2007, 12:28 PM

I don't have that much colors yet, but enough to dye and mix more colors. I'm pretty pleased with the result. Next step is mixing colors.

07-14-2007, 11:55 PM
Oh that came out really nice... its so sunny bright. Pretty!

Good luck getting the DH to agree Jeanius...

07-18-2007, 11:49 AM
:woot:Love the colors Lieke & jeanius80

08-06-2007, 01:13 PM
last week i finished dyeing the last of my yarns and here they are..


i wasn't too thrilled about that one until i wound it and saw all the variations of those colors

and this is one of my favorite color combos


and this is my small collection of yarns dyed by me


now i only have to decide on what to make with them

08-06-2007, 03:40 PM
I dyed this yarn a few days ago. It's Merino sock yarn.


Foxyie, those yarns are so pretty, I really the blue/green/yellow one

08-06-2007, 05:04 PM
They all look amazing.

08-06-2007, 06:23 PM
How nice!!!

My friends husband works for craft so I just got about 35 packs of koolaid!!! Ya, I can't wait to dye some more!!! :)

08-07-2007, 05:09 PM
Rorygilmore - that's amazing! Those colors are so pretty!

Foxyie - I love :heart: that blue green yellow! - its sort of what I'm hoping for when I do mine. Do you mind me asking what you used for dye? Forgive me if you posted what it was earlier - I forgot if you did.

You all inspire me!

08-07-2007, 05:59 PM
thanks rorygilmore and threesmom!

and to threesmom, since there are 2 blue green yellow combos i'll answer for both.

the bigger one on the right is Araucania Nature Wool dyed with food coloring, i mixed 4 different colors, green, aqua, teal and olive.

the yellow looking part is actually more lime greenish now, it was olive but when i cooked it the yellow came out alot more.

the one on th left is lions brand fishermans wool, dyed with koolaid only i'm pretty sure. lemonade and whatever flavor the blue pack is, mixed both of those to get the green.

08-07-2007, 10:25 PM
Wow, these are some truly stunning yarns! :yay:


08-11-2007, 10:11 AM
This is worsted weight yarn, it's one of the first skeins I dyed. I used kool-aid. i'm saling it,which makes me a little sad but I really need a ball winder.


I have a few skein of lace weight yarn that is drying now and I'll pictures once they are dry.

08-12-2007, 03:37 AM
I love those colors

08-12-2007, 09:40 PM
Pictures of my first dyeing experience here - http://mustkeepknitting.wordpress.com

08-15-2007, 08:01 PM

These some of my new yarns that I have dyed. I didn't want to post pictures, since I have so many.

08-15-2007, 10:09 PM
Rory - Those are gorgeous!!

08-16-2007, 01:19 AM
Why did I click on this thread???? Argh! I've got to try this!

Now I wonder if I bought the Natural (#63) colorway of mmmmMalabrigo--would I be able to dye that? Might just have to test that out. :yay::yay:

08-16-2007, 12:31 PM
Oh my gosh! The most recently dyed yarns are beautiful. I adore "The Roof is on Fire" and the "Ocean" lace yarn but I TOTALLY DIG the Strawberries in the Morning. I LOVE that color combo!! What did you use to dye the yarn?

08-16-2007, 04:19 PM
I used brown icing dye and cherry koolaid for the red. :happydance:

08-20-2007, 07:18 PM
I just had to share - after seeing so many of your beautiful hand-dyed, I had to try my own. I used kool-aid, and I had so much fun! My 3 1/2 dd was even able to help with the handpainted one!

I wanted variations in the solid one, so was afraid to mix it around too much, and it's a little too drastic in some spots, but I'll know for next time


08-20-2007, 08:07 PM
threesmom- those are so beautiful! i really love the 2nd one WOW :heart:

08-20-2007, 09:21 PM
Thanks so much, Jeanie - yours are always so impressive!

I think i have yet another yarny addiction, though ....:oo:

08-29-2007, 08:01 AM
I've been dyeing some yarn again. It's cascade fixations and I dyed it with procion:

This one will be combined with black:



And these 2 balls are self-striping:



08-29-2007, 09:12 AM
That top ball is so much fun and mixing it with black is going to make it really pop! beautiful yarns

Momto G B and H
08-29-2007, 01:11 PM
I dyed up a few skeins for the Peapod Baby set. I used Jacquard acid dyes. I used 2 colors but they ended up so similar that the yarn just looks a little tonal when knit up. It's really pretty. This is just one of the skeins, photographed twice, from different angles. I should have taken a picture while it was skeined but I forgot.
I call it Sapphire Sky, and if I ever decide to dye for money, my company will be called Holey Sheep! Designs

08-29-2007, 03:48 PM
Wonderful colors, girls !

I was just in the kitchen making up a new pitcher of lemonade, and I'm so conditioned to think of kool-aid for dyeing, now, that I had to start by adding just a quarter cup of water first, then another quarter, just to see how nice a yellow it would make ! :roflhard:

Queen of Rust
08-30-2007, 01:44 PM
OMG. there's so much inspiration on this thread!
I've just started learning how to spin and dye and am working on a sweater that uses "Fire & Ice" inspired colors.
Here's a summary of my dyeing journey (http://100milefiberfest.blogspot.com/2007/07/fleece-up-to-my-yin-yang.html).

Here's a bunch of other nature inspired yarns (http://100milefiberfest.blogspot.com/2007/05/spring-flood-of-inspiration.html) I've dyed and spun. They're way at the bottom of the entry.


08-30-2007, 03:58 PM
you yarns and wool are so beautiful! that's the sort of experience i am aiming for :heart: the fire and ice sweater is so gorgeous. i can't wait to see it finished :)

08-30-2007, 10:45 PM
These are my new yarns, Its the Fairy Tale Collection. All sock yarn.


Karrying Kolor
09-01-2007, 05:57 AM

I dunno if it's just me but, I swear I can see the quality of the yarn absolutely radiate throught that gorgeous blending of color.

If you were to dye for dollars, I'd be all over that sapphire!!

Fabulous job! :yay:

09-01-2007, 01:33 PM
pretty, pretty yarns!

i love dyeing yarns and am a total addict. i've been dyeing cashmere this week, but haven't taken pictures yet, so here is some merino and blue faced leicester from last week.



09-01-2007, 02:47 PM
rory- i love your fairy tale yarns!
elliebelly- those are great! do you use acid dyes? thanks for sharing!

09-01-2007, 05:43 PM
rory- i love your fairy tale yarns!
elliebelly- those are great! do you use acid dyes? thanks for sharing!

yes, mostly acid.

i do some dyeing with herbs from my garden and other organic matter, including some of the dyes used in the swatched yarn (which is about to be socks for my daugher)

09-03-2007, 02:32 PM
I love your yarns,elliebelly! I don't think I can pick a favorite out of the two!

I have new yarns, They are all from My Fall Collection.

It's sock yarn again, I think next time I order yarn I will get some worsted and bulky weight. I need to try something other than wool. But I'm still learning so its ok.

Lady Violet
09-03-2007, 02:36 PM
:inlove: :inlove:
wow. it's a good thing i just got a job. :teehee:

09-03-2007, 02:41 PM
yay lady violet!
rory- love the wicked witch and candy corn yarns !

still no sign of my camera cords :pout: i just dyed some sock yarn i named 'Embers' its black, reds and bits of yellow and white.....*sigh* i really want to share!

Lady Violet
09-03-2007, 02:45 PM
i really want you to share, too!


ya know, ya could just mail it to me. :roflhard:

09-03-2007, 02:45 PM
I love your yarns,elliebelly! I don't think I can pick a favorite out of the two!

I have new yarns, They are all from My Fall Collection.

It's sock yarn again, I think next time I order yarn I will get some worsted and bulky weight. I need to try something other than wool. But I'm still learning so its ok.

your yarn is so pretty!

i think we might be twins separated at birth, lol. my email address starts with rory too, and i've got a really similar colorway called wicked that i actually thought about calling wicked witch when i first did it! we are obviously meant to be friends.

09-03-2007, 07:25 PM
your yarn is so pretty!

i think we might be twins separated at birth, lol. my email address starts with rory too, and i've got a really similar colorway called wicked that i actually thought about calling wicked witch when i first did it! we are obviously meant to be friends.

Thanks! It does sound like we were meant to be friends! :happydance:

09-04-2007, 11:33 PM
I made these this weekend. Started with Lorna's Laces Sweetie sock yarn and used 4 packets of orange and 2 packets of cherry Kool-Aid. Top is before, bottom is after.

09-04-2007, 11:59 PM
jgm- that is an awesome overdye!

09-05-2007, 08:57 AM
jgm, they look great. what are you doing to use them for?

09-05-2007, 09:01 AM
jgm, they look great. what are you doing to use them for?
I'm not sure yet. Most likely some socks, but I've got quite a few projects in front of me before I can get to work with this. It just kept calling my name to dye it, so I gave in this weekend.

09-10-2007, 07:44 PM
ok.. got two colors to show off..i'll try again later to load my other yarn when i am not wanting to kick my desktop!
the blue is named 'winter'

and this is 'embers'


Lady Violet
09-10-2007, 07:49 PM

you'll be getting a pm with my address in it. :wink:

seriously though, what yarn and dye methods did you use? those are just positively gorgeous!!! :inlove: :heart: :inlove:

09-10-2007, 08:38 PM
those are both KP bare fingering superwash. I used jacquard acid dyes on both. I only have the starter set from KP. But i think it will last a while! :) I love dyeing,:heart: so i am thinking about starting an etsy shop like rory :)

Lady Violet
09-10-2007, 08:48 PM
how "bare" is the bare? is it actually white (or pretty close) or is it more like a natural color? i have yet to dye :teehee:, but i already have yarn and kool-aid waiting for me to be able to devote my brain to it. i have so many ideas. if i like it (and i don't know how i possibly couldn't), i'll probably set up an etsy, too. anything to feed the "habit", right? :roflhard:

09-10-2007, 08:59 PM
i'd say it's a creamy white. like plain vanilla ice cream, not yellow or anything. just shy of being bright white :shrug:

09-10-2007, 11:29 PM
ok.. got two colors to show off..i'll try again later to load my other yarn when i am not wanting to kick my desktop!
the blue is named 'winter'

and this is 'embers'


Very nice :eyebrow:

Are those done with the Wilton food dyes? Also, what colors did you use to get the dark part of 'embers'?

09-10-2007, 11:48 PM
thanks JGM!
i used jacquard acid dyes. (i actually bought the starter set from Knit Picks) the dark part of embers is a mix of jet black and fire red. i also used yellow sun. The winter yarn is a mix of mostly sapphire blue and a little of sky blue!

here you can see some silk i dyed with wiltons. black, royal blue and violet


you can see the separation of the red and blue in the violet, and the greenish tone to the black food color. I like it, and was sort of expecting that to happen with the black, that's why the blue went in the middle, i figured it would look better color wise, instead of purple next to a greenish black. JMHO:teehee:

09-11-2007, 09:50 AM
jeanuis80, you should start a etsy shop! Your yarns are beautiful!:inlove:

09-12-2007, 05:32 PM
here is the yellow donegal tweed bare all dyed up! tube socks for my niece soon....
*jacquard acid dyes, mostly yellow sun with a bit of fire red*


09-12-2007, 05:42 PM
Cool! I want to over dye some Smores and that's the yellow I was hoping to get.

09-13-2007, 01:10 AM
Everyone's yarns are just beautiful! I just ordered some bare from KP to KA dye. It will be my first time. Thank you all for the inspiration. :)

09-13-2007, 09:21 AM
I embarked on my biggest dyeing adventure yet last night, when my yarn for the modern quilt wrap arrived. I wanted to get the colors as close to the original as I could (using Wilton's and Kool-aid). The purple is the only one that is already dyed. I couldn't get gray-green, so instead I made a brown-green seaweedy color that turned out looking pretty good with the others. Yay! :cheering:


All spread out


Twisted into one skein

09-13-2007, 01:34 PM
jess- those are great colors!

ashlie-yay! i love KA dyeing too :) it makes happy to smell the yarn when you are all done dyeing :teehee:

09-14-2007, 10:19 PM

you need to have some BRIGHT ORANGE ( Hunter's Orange ) for your store.

09-14-2007, 10:23 PM

I love that pale pink and pale purple yarn. :-)

09-24-2007, 01:05 AM
So I got my yarn Friday and bought KA today. So, sometime this week when I get some courage I will take an adventure into the addictive world of dyeing.

09-24-2007, 08:56 PM
My KnitPicks bare superwash has been backordered for weeks ! Now it says it will ship Oct. 23rd !

I couldn't wait any longer.......just dying to dye ! So I took this Violet yarn, which wasn't as vibrant as it looks, and dyed it with cherry and orange drink mixes..........giving me the red/orange you see.......I LOVE IT !:muah: It has many, many shades of red.......I think it'll make a lovely felted bag !

10-08-2007, 01:48 PM
here is my first attempt at dying yarn. I used Paton's classic wool and Wilton's icing gel. I didn't get the colors I was going for, but I am still happy with the results. :happydance:

http://thumb5.webshots.net/t/50/550/0/72/21/2718072210101630845XNTgAh_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2718072210101630845XNTgAh)
this one was supposed to be black and pink

http://thumb5.webshots.net/t/69/69/6/96/68/2843696680101630845ycwCbq_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2843696680101630845ycwCbq)
this one was supposed to be red, purple, and blue.

http://thumb5.webshots.net/t/69/69/2/64/0/2924264000101630845Suztns_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2924264000101630845Suztns)
this is how they turned out.


10-08-2007, 02:17 PM

10-08-2007, 02:23 PM
i really like how the 'pink and black' turned out!

the wiltons black tends to separate when used... here is my attempt:


10-09-2007, 08:56 AM
That's a gorgeous silk hankie!

How does wilton colors hold up (light fast, color fast??)

10-10-2007, 01:02 AM
i haven't had any issues. here is a couple links:

link 1 (http://www.handspinning.com/lollipops/dye.htm)

link 2 (http://www.pburch.net/drupal/?q=node/271#comment)


11-11-2007, 08:30 PM
I finally got a colorway I like..............YESTERDAY ! Don't ask about the one I did today !

Anyway, here is Green Salad with BlueCheese dressing..........
I started with 4 50gram skeins of KnitPicks' Wool of the Andes, colorway, Cloud.......worsted weight wool.
I used 4 packs LemonLime and 2 packs BerryBlue Kool-Aid.

Lady Violet
11-11-2007, 08:36 PM
:inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

wOw. oh my goodness. GORGEOUS!!!!!

11-12-2007, 02:21 AM
You know, you just can't judge a yarn while it's all wet and drippy................I didn't think today's skein was going to look good at all, but now that it's dry, I'd say it's a keeper ! Thank goodness I got a shot of it before I tried to wind it by hand into a usable ball ! You wouldn't believe the rat's nest I've been detangling for the last few HOURS ! I untied the strands that were around it in 4 places, and left it lying on the floor, stretched around two large cans of beans :) ..........I walked into the dining room (two rooms away) to get a chair to use to hold it in front of me, and the buckle on my shoe grabbed the yarn and dragged it with me without me knowing ! You couldn't tell one part from another, and there was no longer a 'circle' of yarn to drape around the back of the chair ! Sheesh !

11-14-2007, 10:00 AM
Dotty...your green salad skeins are amazing!! Beautiful!

Lady Violet
11-14-2007, 08:33 PM
dotty, those are definitely keepers. unless you want to send them my way, of course. :teehee:

12-27-2007, 01:35 AM
i dyed these yarns just before christmas

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2406/2139696111_9c0d911a49.jpg?v=0 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21188411@N03/2139696111/)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2107/2140481402_258906ee49.jpg?v=0 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21188411@N03/2140481402/)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2343/2139695673_f14fab639d.jpg?v=0 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21188411@N03/2139695673/) my favorite!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2085/2174253514_c4b455f493.jpg?v=0 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21188411@N03/2174253514/)

3 of these will be for sale on etsy..

can't wait to dye more!

12-27-2007, 03:11 PM
so pretty! thanks foxyie

01-04-2008, 01:40 PM
These three are the tester skeins for the colorways I'll be selling at the LYS.

And these two were my first attempts at non-KA dyeing... I wanted something more muted and I got these lovely colors.


01-04-2008, 01:42 PM
those are beautiful!

I've been seeing a lot of yarns & roving being braided - how do you keep the colors so separate? Are each of them separate skeins or a single skein??

01-05-2008, 05:48 PM
cristeen those are lovely! i am curious too about how you braid your skeins... any tips or tutorials?

01-05-2008, 10:13 PM
Yes, how DO you do that? Do tell!! :muah:

01-08-2008, 11:51 PM
OK, please tell me how you get TWO or 3 colors on one skein!
I would love to get some bright blue and green and turquoise colors all on one skein.
Like the very first photo, jeanius, the colors are great.
How do you do that jeanius?

01-09-2008, 12:04 AM
for that effect, i just made a long skein (loop) and made sure to tie off loosely in a few spots (usually 4) Then just add the dye! I am careful to keep them from running into each other. with similar color goups, it's not too bad. But when you are using contrasting color, like red and green ect, you'll end up with muddy colors. Just go slowly and carefully! It' always fun :inlove:

01-09-2008, 03:04 PM
for that effect, i just made a long skein (loop) and made sure to tie off loosely in a few spots (usually 4)

OK, I understand tying off....
Then just add the dye!
How do you keep the colors separate from each other?
Sit half of the skein in the dye for a while, then, take it out, and sit the other half of the skein in ANOTHER bowl of dye?
Then what?

I am careful to keep them from running into each other.
HOW? Sorry, I'm not a dyeing genius!:mrgreen:

I am completely unaware of how to combine colors.
And, end up with a 2 or 3 color skein.

01-09-2008, 03:17 PM
i think i get what you are saying LOL sorry!
I dye by soaking my yarn first, then gently squeezing out the excess water. I mix my dyes with hot water while the yarn is soaking. Then lay the yarn loop on a surface you have prepared to dye on (newspaper old towels, even cookie cooling rack are great!) then you add the dye to the yarn where ever you want! this method is painting as opposed to immersion or crockpot/kettle dying. After you have applied the dye, you'll want to carefully wrap the yarn in a microwavable plastic wrap (or place in an oven proof container. i haven't tried the oven method) and zap it 2 times at 1 minutes intervals with about 1 minute in between. take out, let it cool off then rinse.

i just noticed you live in Florida. On warm/hot days, you could even place the wet, dyed yarn outside and wrap it in a black garbage bag. This will heat it up slower, but you'll be using solar power instead of electricity or gas as your heat source! Here in the chilly NW, i don't get to do this often :)

01-12-2008, 10:15 PM
i handpaint my yarn in big trays with restaurant sized cooling racks laid over them, using big brushes (it still takes a while, lol). i soak my yarns but then roll them so they're mostly dry, paint, and leave just the finest white area in between colors -- this way, i get a blend right up to the line but you can still run pink and green up to each other without getting baby poop brown in the middle :)

01-15-2008, 01:04 PM
I just dyed up some Knit Picks Bare this weekend that will stripe yellow and brown using Wilton's food dye. I can't wait to knit it up! Here's a photo:


I blogged the whole process (unfortunately no pics) so you can see how I did it here (http://knitswithballs.blogspot.com/2008/01/im-such-copy-cat.html).

01-16-2008, 01:01 PM
OK, please tell me how you get TWO or 3 colors on one skein!
I would love to get some bright blue and green and turquoise colors all on one skein.
Like the very first photo, jeanius, the colors are great.
How do you do that jeanius?

I skein up my yarn into 8 foot skeins and then tie them off depending on how I plan on dyeing them. Most of my 3 color skeins are just dividing the skein into thirds, so that when it knits up the colors go ABCBA. The 4 color skein and the 6 color skein though I tie off the skein so that I have a big circle instead of a long line. That way it knits up ABCDA. The circle is about 16 feet long, so I divide it in however many pieces I want and mark the lengths with a piece of contrasting yarn. Then I'll take the section I want to dye, put the two marks together and dip just that section into the dye bath. You can do more than one section at a time if you like, but you have to be careful you don't wind up with a strip of un-dyed between the colors.

To make the 3-braid is fairly easy, there's a YouTube video on it, but I'll try to describe it... you just fold the skein into thirds so that on the top you're holding a fold and a loose end and hanging down you have a fold and a loose end. Tuck the loose end into the fold and just start braiding. You will periodically have to untangle the dangling ends. When you get down to the bottom, braid as far as you can, then tuck the loose end through the fold. I always make sure I have the starting end of the yarn at the bottom of the braid so I can tie it off.

The 4-braid was a little more difficult. I actually had a large circle and wanted to showcase the separate colors, so I folded each color section in half so that I had a large X with each leg a different color, then I started braiding. Google four strand braid if you don't know how to do it. Tie it off when you get to the end. I actually had to have my DH hold this one while I braided it, it didn't want to braid nicely for me.

I have a couple skeins of 6-color here, I'll have to get some pictures of them later.

Ok, here are two new skeins. First is a 6-color superwash.

This is the same colors (more or less) but on a regular wool. This is a single skein folded in half.

01-16-2008, 02:55 PM
your yarns are so pretty, cristeen! do you or are you planning on selling anytime? i love the braids, what a great way to show off the colors.

JGM- i love your striping sock! it'll be great to see it knitted up too ;)

01-16-2008, 03:52 PM
your yarns are so pretty, cristeen! do you or are you planning on selling anytime? i love the braids, what a great way to show off the colors.

Actually the superwash is for the LYS. They specifically requested superwash. I've stopped by several other LYS and asked if they were interested, and was asked if I had an etsy, so I imagine I will get one fairly soon. I have to finish up the superwash for the LYS before I can start on anything else, though. So far all the non-superwash wool is my personal stash.

So, to answer your question, I haven't sold any yet, but it is in the plan. I need to do another Knitpicks order soon.

01-17-2008, 09:27 PM

This is the youtube video I found on it if anyone would like.

01-17-2008, 09:35 PM
great dyes guys! :teehee:

and thanks for the link kashadilla , i think i'm going to try that sometime soon.

these are a few i've worked on in the past 2 weeks








and this one is my favorite! a custom dye order i just did for my favorite customer on etsy


i did about 5 or so other skeins as well but i didn't want to overload this post anymore!

thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed!

01-19-2008, 08:18 PM
i dyed up the top three to be used as stripes and ribbing on drive thru sweaters for my dd and nieces. base yarn is lion brand lion wool, winter white(?)
I used a combo of jacquard acid dyes (sapphire blue, sky blue, vermilion and sun yellow). I love the end products!


I liked the purple so much that i over dyed some khaki Queensland Uruguayan DK with it. I ended up with 2 skeins in a lovely plum! I'll be making fingerless mitts out of it for me :)



01-20-2008, 01:33 AM
Very nice..........you're a GENIUS ! :teehee:

01-20-2008, 01:46 AM
love the plum!

01-20-2008, 10:52 PM
Bleeding Heart......Valentine yarn (http://thedottydline.blogspot.com/2008/01/bleeding-heartvalentine-yarn.html)

http://bp2.blogger.com/_AtccIT4hTgE/R5QH1J8UphI/AAAAAAAAAIc/UwtG5-Ac7VE/s200/Mom%27s+Knitting+650.jpg (http://bp2.blogger.com/_AtccIT4hTgE/R5QH1J8UphI/AAAAAAAAAIc/UwtG5-Ac7VE/s1600-h/Mom)
I did a little kool-aid dyeing again today, and I'm ecstatic with the results !

I had pink in mind, so I started out with a packet of pink lemonade, mixed it with 16 ounces of water and poured it onto the vinegar-water-soaked skein in a random pattern, making a point of leaving some white areas. Liking that color as a backdrop, but knowing that pink and white is a little tame for my liking, I mixed a couple of packets of cherry with 8 ounces of water, and then 'dolloped' it onto the yarn.

Now that it is dry, the red is intense, just the way I like it, and the light areas are just wonderful, too...there's a little more white left in it than what shows in this photo. Eventually, I'll share a photo of the project I knit with it...........probably Valentine socks for myself.

01-20-2008, 10:58 PM
thats very girly dotty! perfect for valentine socks! :heart:

Lady Violet
01-20-2008, 11:36 PM
dotty, now your yarn reminds me of strawberry daiquiri jelly bellies. i'm sure if i keep looking at it, it will remind me of something else. :teehee:

02-05-2008, 12:05 PM
Well, here's my first batch, however I have a new one "cooking" in the oven now. This first batch was done with Kool-aid (2 different colors), the second is being done with purple food coloring.


02-05-2008, 07:45 PM
Labeelady- that is great colors!

02-05-2008, 10:47 PM
You really think so? The Berry Blue Kool-aid turned out an aqua color when mixed with the Lemonade Kool-aid.

02-06-2008, 01:39 PM
You really think so? The Berry Blue Kool-aid turned out an aqua color when mixed with the Lemonade Kool-aid.

I think it'll knit up gorgeous!

I've got some new dye jobs myself, some in my etsy store, some in my blog. Both linked in my sig.

02-06-2008, 02:06 PM
i agree with cristeen! I think it will create a very nice fabric :)

02-07-2008, 12:46 AM
This is the latest batch that finished drying today, the one that was dyed with the purple food color:


Here's the yarn still in the hank:


Lady Violet
02-07-2008, 10:56 PM

would you like my address? :teehee:

02-08-2008, 10:12 AM
Took some dyed roving and combined it with white corriedale. i call it my snow storm yarn since we got 12" of snow while I was creating this.

The carded fiber:
On the wheel:
On the niddy noddy after being plied (one wrap of the niddy noddy is 75")
Off the ball winder ... 404 yards!

02-08-2008, 10:48 AM
I don't usually like snow storms, but that is just beautiful. I love the touch of blues. Great job.:drool: :inlove:

02-08-2008, 12:32 PM
Perfect name for it..........now knit up something nice and wintry out of it !:woot:

02-08-2008, 03:35 PM
Labeelady, that is GORGEOUS!

02-08-2008, 06:58 PM
cyndi- that is beautiful!!

02-11-2008, 10:29 AM
Perfect name for it..........now knit up something nice and wintry out of it !:woot:
I'm thinking this will be used for my first toe-up socks. i've been a cuff down sock knitter up until now

02-12-2008, 02:13 PM
ooh some great color in the last few posts! nice job ladies!

i haven't been posting all the of dyeing i've been doing but here are a few of my very own handspun hand dyed yarns!

small samples for one of my lucky etsy buyers

one of the very first i spun..it was actually alot more uniform until i kettle dyed it, then it just poofed up!

this color was very hard to photograph..it's more orange and less rust..dyed over a natural medium brown

this was hard to capture as well, brown dyed over brown

and lastly neon primary!


thanks for looking!

02-28-2008, 11:12 PM
Here's my solution to having too many skeins of the same colorway. I overdyed this skein of Magic Stripes sock yarn, colorway, Denim Stripes, with green and then red drink mix.......

02-29-2008, 12:45 AM
ooh what an interesting result..very nice!

02-29-2008, 10:37 AM
Dotty, I love that! I have the same colorway - started knitting it up and didn't like it so frogged it. Now I'll have to consider over dyeing!!

thanks for the idea !

03-09-2008, 10:58 AM
I just dyed these a few days ago. I would keep them for myself if I didn't need the money for a sewing machine.

Watermelon Superwash Sock Yarn

Cherry Blossom Superwash Sock Yarn

03-10-2008, 01:56 PM
I didn't dye this, but took some white corriedale roving, carded it up well with some burgandy roving. Then took some beautiful reddish brown shetland (that I bought raw - scoured and carded into batts) put a layer of the shetland on the carder then a layer of the pinkish batt, pulled them into roving: I have about 8 oz of the roving.




03-11-2008, 11:27 AM
Wow! nice.

03-11-2008, 01:44 PM
that's beautiful roving! Are you spinning it up or selling it? it will be interesting to see how it spins up! :heart:

03-11-2008, 05:39 PM
Thanks! I have to spin it up first and see how I like it


03-11-2008, 06:24 PM
very nice!

03-14-2008, 10:30 AM
Finished plying the 1st two bobbins. 190 yards, 12 wpi (sport worsted weight)


I still have roving left to do some more (or sell).

03-14-2008, 03:45 PM
I love it! It is gorgeous!

I did my first dye job yesterday. I was attempting a 4ply fingering and it ended up too thick so I made a 3 ply fingering instead. So my forth single got Navajo plied and dyed (Betty Crocker food coloring gels). This is how it ended up (the color in the second picture is most accurate)...



There was approximately 110yd so I'm making toddler socks out of it.

03-16-2008, 01:15 PM
that's really pretty sea-kayaker. I tried navajo plying.. just once so far, and let's just say, it wasn't pretty lol

03-17-2008, 08:48 AM
wonderful self striping!

Can't wait to see the finished socks.

03-19-2008, 01:19 AM
very pretty sea-kayaker!

03-29-2008, 12:01 AM
here's my newest! it's for sale in my etsy store! (http://mustkeepknitting.etsy.com)

03-29-2008, 12:14 AM
Kate- that is great yarn ! I like the color combo :)

03-29-2008, 12:18 AM

04-14-2008, 06:52 PM
here's my newest! petunia...also available in the etsy store!

04-14-2008, 07:16 PM
I have news for all of you. None of these are keepers. They are all send-to-Cyndi-ers. Especially the other Cyndi's! Now I have the fever. Gotta try this!

04-15-2008, 11:15 AM
:yay: you ladies have done such pretty work I can't wait to try:woot:

05-19-2008, 12:10 AM
i haven't posted my dyes in a while.. so here some i finished for my shop

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3288/2457241795_20d3d7c097_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21188411@N03/2457241795/) http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2277/2458071638_8c19dbbc86_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21188411@N03/2458071638/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3156/2491636354_5595998903_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21188411@N03/2491636354/)http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3129/2491635980_bb380f5a71_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21188411@N03/2491635980/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3190/2490818321_76ccb1880b_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21188411@N03/2490818321/) http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3213/2491635748_e00d3858de_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21188411@N03/2491635748/)

thanks for looking!

05-20-2008, 10:18 AM
I have news for all of you. None of these are keepers. They are all send-to-Cyndi-ers. Especially the other Cyndi's!

I like the way you think!! :muah:

just a 'nother Cyndi

05-21-2008, 11:51 AM

semi-greasy natural colored BFL with blue & turquoise mill ends

The batt and first bobbin:

I spun the subsequent bobbins a thicker WPI and experimented with different plying.


These will grow up and become mittens

05-23-2008, 11:23 PM
this turned out very nice! love the color combo