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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.


A job well done…

So to follow up on my last post about the grannies… I finished 2 days early!  It is always nice to finish a project, so I can hurry on the next. 

I have so many projects that I want to do! I have to keep a balance of charity-to-paid projects, so that I can finance my charity projects. 

My next paid project is a commissioned afghan that is wedding gift.  I will post pictures when I finish that…

I have to get serious for a sec.  Mom used to get frustrated when people just wanted her to give away her stuff. She didn’t mind giving donations, but when someone just wanted her to give them, say an afghan, that didn’t sit too well. I am starting to understand why. 

My last project with the granny squares didn’t cost me any thing. I used odd and ends of what I had left over.  The thing that is precious is the time that is involved.  I can make a granny square is 20-30 minutes,  if I am not multitasking.  So, you figure 2-3 squares an hour.  At 48 blocks, that took somewhere between 16-24 hours.  That’s almost as many hours as a part-time job takes in a week–and that was a simple project.

Please don’t misunderstand.  The main benefit of doing crocheting and knitting is because I  enjoy it.  I also like helping others.  So it is a win-win. But, sometimes, someone will scoff at the price of a handmade treasure.  Wow. Really? Even if I charged $5 per hour for the project I just completed that would be $80-120.  Crafters really do not get paid for their time.

If someone ever makes you something, consider the time they put into it.  Odds are, that they must really love you if they would spend the time to make you something.

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