So, this week I am experimenting with dyeing and spinning. Spinning is not so good, but dyeing is phenomenal! I am totally in love with dyeing. I have been watching YouTube videos for about 2 weeks and reading articles on dyeing. Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the process of the first skein, but I captured the process on the second skein. As I am typing this post, I am soaking the third skein to be dyed. The only difference is that I used food color to dye the first skein and Easter egg dye for the second. The third will be dyed with Kool-Aid.
I am using. Knit Picks white yarn; I got a ten pack from Amazon. It is 100% Peruvian Highland wool. It is a 50 grams, which is approximately 2 ounces.
To prepare the yarn, I soak the skein in eight cups of cold water and half cup of plain white vinegar. I use a crock pot to gently warm the yarn and water/vinegar solution. I am using Mom’s Pioneer Woman Crockpot. I use the warm setting.
Next, I prepared the dye. I opted to dissolve the dye than to drop the tablets in the water.
When the water got nice and warm, I started spooning the dye into the yarn.
I probably shouldn’t have used all the dye…
It looked pretty until all the dye ran together. So, mental note, less dye next time.
I left it setting all night in the crock pot. I switched off the crock pot before I went to bed. Then I let everything alone to cool.
The green just kind of overtook the whole pot. Oh well! I rinsed out the yarn with cool water and clear dish soap. Then. I laid it out to dry in the sun for about 30 minutes.
Here are the three finished skeins…