Category Archives: Inspiration

Red Cabbage in three colors

I’ve never dyed yarn before. I love to experiment, but I don’t really like following instructions. This makes for an interesting combo when it comes to hand dyeing. I cook a lot and like to mix different recipes for the same dish into a funny hybrid that by nature I can never remember how I made. Must be a good method for dyeing yarn, right? Definitely! Well, perhaps . . .

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Citrus!

I was actually going for more of a gradated-sunset-kind-of-look with my second sock blank, but since my cherry blank completely exhausted all the dye in the red Kool-Aid (to my surprise!), I only had lemonade and orange left. I decided to wing it and try mixing 1 pack of orange with some red food dye and a splash of vinegar and see what I'd get.   First I dumped the whole blank in the pot of boiling lemonade until it exhausted the dye.

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Yum, my yarn smells like cherries.

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 I’ve always been curious about dyeing yarn, but I was intimidated by the safety precautions you need to take with dyes that aren’t food safe (although now that Kelley and Kerin have given us some pointers, I am feeling more confident). Then Nina pointed me towards the What a Kool Way to Dye group on Ravelry, and I couldn’t wait to give Kool Aid dyeing a try. My local grocery store didn’t have a huge variety of flavors, so I picked up two of everything they had.

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Dyeing with Indigo

I've recently been exploring natural dyeing methods, and I was really excited when we started carrying a Indigo Dye kit.  What makes indigo dyeing a little tricky is that indigo is not naturally water soluble, and you need water to help the fabric absorb the dye.  So the indigo in this kit is reduced into powder, and when you add it to a bucket of water, it is a yellow green color because the oxygen was removed.  You add wet yarn or fabric to the indigo and hold it in the dye bath for only a couple of minutes.  When you remove the dyed yarn, it is a bright green color and you can watch it turn blue as it comes into contact with oxygen.  I have a more in depth tutorial for dyeing with this Indigo Dye kit here.  

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On the menu: Baked and Stewed Wool Yarn

I have never dyed yarn before, and honestly I was intimidated. What I have dyed a lot though is frosting and white chocolate. I love the "gel" food coloring that you can buy at Michael's or any store that has a "cake decorating" section. This isn't the liquid food coloring drops, this is food coloring in a gel form so the color is super concentrated--you don't need much to get a really vibrant color. Try it in melted white chocolate, then spoon your white chocolate into a zip loc bag, cut off the corner and drizzle over thick pretzels that you've dunked in melted caramel--so yummy and they make a great personalized gift for sports team lovers, or...oh wait, what was I talking about?  

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I did everything wrong!

I got to join in the dye-along, even though I'm in the computer geek department rather than the creative department. But that also means that I managed to do pretty much everything wrong. It turned out well, anyway. At least, I like how it is going so far. So for anyone who has never dyed before, I think it will probably turn out ok, even if you do everything wrong, like me! I used 3 different flavors of Kool-Aid to dye my sock blanks - Watermelon Cherry, Cherry, and Black Cherry. My husband and I are adopting 3 teenagers, so I wanted to make pink socks for Liza (12), as that is her favorite color, and red socks for Dasha (14), as that is her favorite color. And in the interest of fairness, though I'm not sure he will wear them, I wanted to make dark red socks for Max (16), since red is also his favorite color, and dark red seemed a bit more macho than the bright red.

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It

At this point I have two lovely sock blanks. I am going to be knitting with two strands held together for each of my Shape It Scarves from The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville.

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Food-Colored Sock Blank!

I am SO excited to be participating in our Dye-Along! Dyeing fiber is one of my recent hobbies, and I'm looking forward to sharing lots of my experiments with all you talented people! First on the slate is my sock blank. I mentioned last week that I typically don't knit socks two-at-a-time, but a few months ago, I had an inspiration which was too thrilling to ignore. I wanted a pair of socks that looked good enough to eat:

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All finished dyeing my sock blanks!

The appeal of dying sock blanks is the never-ending possibilities. You can choose to be creative in a linear fashion or be abstract. I sound like an art museum docent. I chose to give linear a try for the blanks I was dyeing for my Shape-It Scarves.

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Diving into Dyeing

I've been wanting to try my hand at dyeing for a while now. The thought of the mess, the equipment and doing a really bad job at it kept me from trying. But, after I found out there was going to be a dyealong, I thought, hey! Perfect opportunity! Now I can at least commiserate with others who have also made a giant mess. So, I got some sock blanks, let myself get inspired, and dove right in. I decided to try acid dyes, since it's relatively low-odor and I could do it indoors (with proper ventilation, of course). That proved to be an advantageous decision, because when I got ready to dye it was raining! I got all my supplies together and started the process.

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