View Full Version : Dyeing for Christmas! Photo update

09-21-2007, 01:00 PM
Ok, I'm beginning to wonder what dad and I got ourselves into. We always like creating presents for family members. Well...all total we have 18 scarves to knit, and possibly hats to match if we have time. We also got the nifty idea it'd be fun to dye our yarn! Which both of us have never done.

So...we spent about $170.00 on bare fingerweight yarn and jacquard dyes from knitpicks. We are planning on double stranding the yarn to make our scarves.

So now I have a bunch of undyed yarn, acid dyes, just bought myself 2 crockpots from the thrift store and some wooden forks. And I'm NERVOUS!! I need to get started on it, but ...UGH!! So intimidated, you have no idea!

A couple questions.

The yarn is in hanks, would you (excuse my newbishness) re-wind the hanks to make a bigger loop so that the dye can filter in thru the fibers better? I don't have a swift, was just planning on using my kitchen chairs.

Should I start out with one color on one hank or just dive right in and do several? I'm concerned since I'm double stranding the yarn that the two skeins will be so different and look strange together. Was considering using one thats a flat color and then maybe one that has several different shades.

I'm also scared of accidentally felting it. How likely is it that it'll felt on me if I'm careful to not agitate it?

On using several colors, I've seen some of your creations, and I love them! Any suggestions for picking out colorways?

Anyway, thanks in advance! Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

09-21-2007, 01:40 PM
I would *NOT* rewind the skiens before dyeing - soak them thoroughly, yes, but not rewind.

they are a good, standard, size as you recieved them.

Since you are going to double strand I would suggest dyeing the yarns in pairs; solid for one hank and perhaps two complementary colours for the other. oR SHADES OFthe first colour.

But I like subtle

09-21-2007, 02:08 PM
Hmm...dying. Hadn't thought of that yet but it would solve my problem. I am creating feather and fan wraps for the moms but I really would like something other than a solid color but my mother needs something neutral as she wears such wild colors. I think I will wait and see how you like it before I run off and do it myself it sounds scary.

09-21-2007, 02:28 PM
:woohoo:I am working on my first dyeing experience! I decided to just jump in and do it, which is so not me! I used 1 teasp. of sapphire blue from the jacquard acid dyes. Decided to just try one color at first. I'm thinking I might try to do 2 lighter shades of this color on one yarn tomorrow and see if holding that together will produce a nice colorway.

I took a pic of the yarn in the crock! I've never posted a pic before, so I might have to enlist my dh's help to do so later! Man, I'm all nervous and giddy inside! lol..you'd think I was 4 years old and all excited about the cookies coming outta the oven! :teehee:

09-21-2007, 02:41 PM
I can't wait to see how it turned out!!

Since you'll be using 2 strands in knitting, another suggestion for dyeing is splattering or spotting your 2nd skein.

With the skein tied in at least 8 places, lay it out on the counter (with plenty of old towels/newspapers/cardboard to protect your counter!).

Then spot the skein in various places using one or more colors. make the spots small (no larger than 1 inch). It gives a really cool effect!

09-21-2007, 03:32 PM
My instructions for dyeing in the crockpot says to put it on low for 2-4 hours. Its been about an hour so far and its looking like the dye has exhausted already! I'm going to at least wait the 2 hours tho, want to make sure its all set.

I have a porcelain sink...should I be concerned about rinsing it in the sink? Will it stain? I'm particularly concerned as we rent. Thanks for the help and encouragement!

09-21-2007, 03:54 PM
depending on the age of your sink - it might. what about at least starting to rinse it in your second crockpot (which you can pour directly nto the drain) and see how much colour "bleeds" then rinsing in the sink?

09-21-2007, 03:56 PM
Oh thats a very good idea! thanks! :cheering:

10-19-2007, 12:02 AM
Thought I would post a couple of pics of some of the yarn I have dyed. I have dyed about 14 hanks so far. This is only 4, I'll post more when I can. I have to say, this has been a ton of fun! :woot:


10-19-2007, 03:28 AM
Those came out really well. I can;t wait to see more!

10-19-2007, 08:57 AM
They look beautiful! You did awesome with your first dye job! be proud!

10-19-2007, 10:56 AM
Ooo, so pretty! You did a fantastic job!

10-19-2007, 04:42 PM
I'm so glad you came back and posted pictures!

You did an outstanding job and the scarf looks very nice!!