We've started off using icing dyes purchased from Michael's and blank yarn from Knit Picks (merino/nylon and merino/nylon/stellina) which have worked out perfectly for us!
I've only dyed yarn one other time before my mom and I had started. The first was with my friend Andrea, Luna Purl, who owns an etsy shop and is a dye master! So, my mom and I are essentially newbees to everything but the internet is a great resource!
This is our first time using the dye pots. We wanted Halloween yarn to make some socks! It was a success and a fail at the same time, we got some dye but not enough vinegar so it didn't set well. The colors ended up a bit light for us so I set about doing some more research.
This is try number 2! We dyed the yarn outside instead of the kitchen, added WAY more vinegar and had smashing success! We dyed sock blanks first and set the dye in the steamer, so much easier than letting it heat in the pot. While those were setting I attempted speckles but got more of a splashy effect so we tried a different speckling technique for my moms and the speckles were perfect!
The last time I used the dye pots was just me out in the backyard. This was the first time I dyed two hanks to look the same and the first time I was over-dyeing a previously dyed hank of yarn. I have to say, they turned out very close! This was also the first time I tried for variegated yarn (this is one I tried dip-dyeing with) which is the pink and yellow hank. So far the yarn dyeing adventure has been super fun! I need to purchase more blank yarn to experiment with...and maybe some new bases too!
Oh this looks like so much fun! Especially love the speckles. I can see how dyeing your own yarn can get seriously addictive.ReplyDelete
It really is so much fun! And I think it's going to be really addictive!Delete
you and your mom are quite adventurous! I loved the speckled yarn pattern which is hot right now.ReplyDelete
We've been having a great time! It's fun pulling the colors together and trying to recreate yarns I've been wanting to buy/try!Delete
Good for you! That's a lot of work . BeautifulReplyDelete
It has been a really fun experience, I'm not doing to a large extent so it really just feels like fun and not work :)Delete
That is SO cool!!! love the different effects, and it looks like it was a lot of fun!ReplyDelete
Trying all the different effects feels like an experiment! Yarn science is the best!Delete