I have to start off by saying that this idea came from a couple of fellow Ravellers, who got it from a post on Facebook. Although I will admit that I have often looked at my sprinkles and wondered if they could be used... the one thing that held me back from trying it is the one word of caution I am going to give you all right at the very beginning, before I give you the how-to's of how I did this...
Cake sprinkles contain sugar, and sugar can burn yarn that is heated in the microwave!
I have been lucky enough that I have not had any mishaps with my yarn that I have heat set in the microwave, even when I used dyestock that had sugar in it, but there are many stories out there of people who were not so lucky with their yarn. I do not know what all the contributing factors were (possibly yarn content, strength of microwave, level of dampness of the yarn, etc.), but I do know it can happen, so if you are going to try this, please keep that in mind! Something to think about if you are every trying to use the already sweetened drink crystals too.... they contain a LOT of sugar and most of the burn victim yarns I have seen have used those.
What I used
- 100g Bare Felici Superwash yarn from Knit Picks
- Dinosaur shaped cake sprinkles (they were on sale)
- Citric Acid powder (for soaking water and for spraying water)
- Microwave safe plate
- Plastic Wrap
- Baby shampoo
|My Felici yarn from Knit Pick and my sprinkles|
|Couldn't resist the dinosaurs! There were pink ones!|
|I spread out my yarn and let it be invaded with dinosaurs|
|My spray bottle with the citric acid and water mix|
|Squished dinos! It may be hard to see in this picture, but there is plastic wrap on this plate...it is vacuum sealed it self to the yarn and flatted out all the former dinosaur sprinkles|
|See? Hardly any colour on this side|
|See some of the leftover colour and sugar blobs? Some are on the plate, some are on the yarn...|
|One side of my Dino Dots colourway|
|And the other side of the skein|
|My Girly Sprinkles Colourway|