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Crockpot Dyeing

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…

The left one is dyed with food color. The middle is the dyed with Easter egg dye. The one on the right is dyed with Kool-Aid.


What a Jigsaw Puzzle!

Before Mom passed, she knew her time was getting short. So, she tried to finish up as many projects as she could before her passing. For instance, the wedding gift I mentioned in my last post. I had to help her finish that one. The pieces were simply too big for her to manage. This afghan was the very last thing she worked on before her passing.

Lucky me. No pattern. She made this one up as she went along. I think she made another one like it, but that remains to be seen. She kept telling me, “only two more blocks…”. She never got the chance to finish. So intrepid crafter that I am, I decided I would try to finish it myself. I sat it all out on the floor.

SO then I sat out to figure out what I was missing. I think I am missing more than two blocks….lol.

So, if any one out there has one like this, will you please email me a picture so I know how this goes together? In the mean time, I will be trying to finish up this project. I intend on mapping out each block and making a printable pattern. I think it may be the only way to finish.