Updated: I wrote the post first, and then went back and added in the pictures. I wanted to get the post out as soon as possible, but knew the pictures would take a little get to get ready.
What you will need:
- Bare yarn in a skein - I use superwash wool, but you can use any animal based fibre or nylon (the only synthetic that works with this method)
- Artificial colour - I will be using Wilton Color Right food colouring, but you can use any food colour, Kool Aid, or Easter Egg dye tablets.
- Acid - Citric acid is my acid of choice, but vinegar also works. Note: If you are using Kool Aid, there will be citric acid in in the dyestock.
- Something to soak your yarn in
- Plastic wrap
- Containers to mix your dye in
- A microwave
- A large microwaveable plate
- Medicinal syringes - you can use squeeze bottles, but I find the syringes give you more control
- Newspapers/flyers/puppy training pads (last one sounds funny but I know people who swear by them)
- Latex gloves
- Mild dish soap or baby shampoo
- Lots of paper towels
- Cooling rack and rimmed baking sheet (optional - I will put steps on how to use this and how to dye without this as well)
|Yarn soaking in the sink|
|Yarn soaking in my Rubbermaid Container|
This is one skein of Bare Hawthorn fingering weight yarn
|I wrapped the outside edges of the baking sheet in plastic wrap because I use this pan quite often for quite a lot of things, and I didn't want to run the risk of any residual grease getting on the yarn. I wash them well, but you never know.|
|The yarn laid out on the cooling rack, ready to work with.|
If you are not going to use the cooling rack, lay out some plastic wrap. You are going to be wrapping your whole skein of yarn in plastic wrap, so you want to make sure you lay the plastic wrap out in a way that makes this easy. I basically make a large rectangle with it, that has a hole in the middle. I lay out two long strips of it on the top and bottom of my work area, then lay two smaller strips along either side, leaving the middle open. You will need to know the approximate size of your skein of yarn so you are laying out the right amount of plastic wrap.
|Pink, yellow, purple, blue and green, all made from Wilton Colour Right. Pink, yellow and blue are all 6 drops. Purple is 4 drops pink and 2 drops blue, yellow is 4 drops yellow, 1 drop blue|
|One of the accidentally dyed sections of my yarn. I have yellow drops on another section of it.|
|The underside of the yarn. As you can see, there are lighter spots that need to be touched up|
Once you have a section done, you can wrap it in plastic wrap and move the yarn on the rack to work on the next section. You want to wrap it tight enough so the wrap doesn't fall off, but not too tight. And you will need to leave a little bit of the dyed yarn outside the wrap, because you need to apply the next colour beside it, and you don't want that colour getting caught in the plastic wrap and seeping into the yarn you have already dyed. As you finish this section and are wrapping it, make sure to overlap with the previous section, so you don't have any bare yarn.
|Working on the next section, notice that I left a chunk of the green sticking out from the wrap|
|Be careful when flipping your yarn that you keep it in the same spot, or that you move it higher up the rack. I moved this section a bit too far to the left, and managed to get some blue on my pink.|
|Wrapped as I was dyeing, but there are still some spots that I can tell will be bare once it has been in the microwave, so....|
|The whole plate gets wrapped in plastic wrap, to avoid any bare spots|
|Ready for the heat!|
|After washing and rinsing|
|Gotta love superwash yarn and a shoe rack!|
|Directly out of the dryer, as dyed|
|The other side of the skein, directly out of the dryer, as dyed|
|Reskeined - I don't normally do this, but I really wanted to see how this turned out. Reskeined like this, you can't find the sections that were accidentally dyed with the wrong colours|