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miss_jms
12-30-2005, 03:37 PM
Please let me know if this should go in a different area... I'm still new to this forum!

Does anyone here dye their own yarn? I tried today for the first time, using Bernat Lana natural colored yarn as my base. Then I made a big skein by wrapping the yarn across a distance using cirucular laundry baskets as the ends. Then I used grape, cherry, and some Hawaiian Punch green colored kool-aid to dye it.

I wanted the dyed sections to be long enough to stripe some socks.

I would be interested to see others' results if you do it yourself. Although it's a lot of work to go through (especially with a 22-month-old clinging to everything), the results were so completely worth it!!

Edit - Here is a pic of it (finally dry!!). I just love how it came out. Now I just have to finish the other hank that I'm dyeing and figure out how to make socks.

dana_renay
12-30-2005, 04:21 PM
I have! You can read about the process I used and see photos of the yarn in this thread (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7145).

miss_jms
12-30-2005, 05:49 PM
wow! Yours were so pretty! I'll have to post a picture of mine tonite after it's done drying. I have another skein to dye (after I detangle it.. urg!!! :doh: ). I can't wait to see it in a hank!!!

:)

miss_jms
12-30-2005, 11:31 PM
I added the picture! The yarn finally dried :)

brendajos
12-30-2005, 11:33 PM
oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE that!

what gorgeous colors.

umm...yeah make me some!

Jan in CA
12-30-2005, 11:56 PM
That's beautiful! Are you dying the other one for the same pair of socks? Might be hard to match that way..

miss_jms
12-31-2005, 12:00 AM
nah... I'm hoping that this first hank will make a whole (short?) pair of socks.

The other one that I dyed (which is hanging to dry right now) is rainbow colored. And I tied off the sections much shorter than the first. The first's sections are long enough to stripe, but the second is, I guess, just variegated. I'll post a pic when it's done drying and I wrap it.

Jenelle
12-31-2005, 12:02 AM
Very yummy choice of colors!! :inlove:

vcuchica931
12-31-2005, 12:10 AM
That looks delish! Love the colors!

humblestumble
12-31-2005, 02:15 AM
puuuuurty! :inlove: I'm so A-sceered to do it myself.

benniesma
12-31-2005, 08:52 AM
Looks yummy!!

knitterma
12-31-2005, 03:00 PM
:inlove: i wanna divorce dh and marry yer yarn!

i've had good luck with wilton's dyes ... but i can never figure out how to wrap it in those pretty hanks ... how do you do that?

scowling
12-31-2005, 03:39 PM
ooooh, that's so pretty! I've been wanting to get into dyeing my own yarn for a while, but i've had trouble finding really good info anywhere.

can anyone link me to help on the process it's self? I'm mostly concerned about colors bleeding together and looking ugly.

miss_jms
12-31-2005, 04:16 PM
scowling: these sites show the dyeing techniques (and have great pics!!) - http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/12/techniques_selfstriping_yarn.html
http://www.streetsandyos.com/archives/2005/06/selfstriping.php
http://www.neauveau.com/dyeingyarn.html

this site has a color chart (for kool-aid):
http://www.thepiper.com/fiberart/koolaid/images/colorchart-max.jpg

I kind of used a combination of these techniques with mine: I got my pan, put plain cold tap water in (doesn't matter how much water, only how much kool-aid). Then I add one pack of kool-aid and stirred it up to dissolve the powder. I added the part of the skein I wanted dyed (I start with the darker colors, that way I can overlap the colors - no white spots - and it won't look funny) and turned the burner on high.

I used a plastic potato masher to push on the yarn and keep it in the water. As soon as it starts to simmer and boil, make sure you push all the yarn into the water. This is the critical time. This is the point where the wool will almost immediately absorb the kool-aid. All of it!! It's like magic, LOL.

But anyway, it is amazingly easy... you really can't mess it up.

knitterma: I didn't either until I read this site: http://www.neauveau.com/wrapaskein.html

It's really super simple, LOL!!

koolbreeze
12-31-2005, 04:30 PM
that is beautiful!!! i haven't tried the multi dying yet.but that is really pretty!!!

knitterma
12-31-2005, 04:45 PM
scowling: these sites show the dyeing techniques (and have great pics!!) - http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/12/techniques_selfstriping_yarn.html
http://www.streetsandyos.com/archives/2005/06/selfstriping.php
http://www.neauveau.com/dyeingyarn.html

this site has a color chart (for kool-aid):
http://www.thepiper.com/fiberart/koolaid/images/colorchart-max.jpg

I kind of used a combination of these techniques with mine: I got my pan, put plain cold tap water in (doesn't matter how much water, only how much kool-aid). Then I add one pack of kool-aid and stirred it up to dissolve the powder. I added the part of the skein I wanted dyed (I start with the darker colors, that way I can overlap the colors - no white spots - and it won't look funny) and turned the burner on high.

I used a plastic potato masher to push on the yarn and keep it in the water. As soon as it starts to simmer and boil, make sure you push all the yarn into the water. This is the critical time. This is the point where the wool will almost immediately absorb the kool-aid. All of it!! It's like magic, LOL.

But anyway, it is amazingly easy... you really can't mess it up.

knitterma: I didn't either until I read this site: http://www.neauveau.com/wrapaskein.html

It's really super simple, LOL!!

:thumbsup: thanks for the info!

Roxanne
01-06-2006, 10:20 AM
Hello everyone...I just started dabbling in hand dyeing too...please visit my blog by clicking on the WWW button and then click on the "Dyeing" category to see them all.

It's way too much fun...not sure which I prefer though...acid dyes or Koolaid...get such a different effect with each!

Here's the latest one I did and the rest are on my blog. Enjoy!

Jan in CA
01-06-2006, 10:36 AM
That is gorgeous, Roxanne! I love it! :cheering:

dana_renay
01-06-2006, 11:11 AM
I love all these hand-dyed yarns I'm seeing!

Has anyone figured out a way to get more muted colors? I love the bright, vibrant colors, but I'd also like to do some colors that are a little softer.

Roxanne
01-06-2006, 01:19 PM
I love all these hand-dyed yarns I'm seeing!

Has anyone figured out a way to get more muted colors? I love the bright, vibrant colors, but I'd also like to do some colors that are a little softer.

It's probably in the dilution I would think....more diluted, less colour...I know it works that way for Koolaid.