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Dyeing in the Kitchen

Koolaid and Easter Egg dye. Inexpensive, brightly colored...perfect for dyeing wool. With the sun shining today, I decided to pull out the dye pots and have some fun. 2014-04-30 07.57.30 Here's some of my stash that I thought might work. I don't pretend to be an expert in dyeing, I used Google liberally to look up instructions and directions. On the stove top, I dyed 12 ounces of Targhee roving with  "Ghoul Berry"(blackberry) Koolaid.     [caption id="attachment_3075" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Dye pot on the stove Dye pot on the stove[/caption] I decided not to pre soak it, but added it to the dye pot dry. I was hoping for a mottled look. It didn't quite come out as I hoped, but I am hoping it will spin up nicely. I may also re-dye it, because a dye disaster is never the end. You can always dye it again! [caption id="attachment_3086" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Targhee roving, dyed with Koolaid, drying Targhee roving, dyed with Koolaid, drying[/caption] I also had my roaster pan going, for painted yarns. I used Easter egg dye for these. After I mixed the dye, I put plastic wrap on the counter and laid out the pre-soaked roving and yarns. [caption id="attachment_3081" align="aligncenter" width="300"]2014-04-30 08.47.07 Grey wool/alpaca painted with purple egg dye.[/caption] After each one was painted, I secured the plastic. [caption id="attachment_3080" align="aligncenter" width="300"]2014-04-30 09.35.39 Handspun Targhee yarn, dyed with egg dye and koolaid[/caption] They steamed about 45 minutes in the roaster. 2014-04-30 10.30.15 I took them out and cooled them to room temperature before rinsing, spinning the water out, and hanging them to dry. 2014-04-30 10.30.08 I used the dip dye/jar method for this yarn, also with egg dye. [caption id="attachment_3079" align="aligncenter" width="300"]2014-04-30 09.17.42 Handspun Targhee, dyed with egg dye[/caption] I steamed it in a stock pot, on a rack. When the color was right, I sat them on the counter to cool to room temperature too. After lots of rinsing and spinning out, I hung them to dry out side. [caption id="attachment_3088" align="aligncenter" width="300"]2014-04-30 11.26.48 Handspun yarns, dyed with koolaid and egg dye. Completely non-toxic and easy![/caption] [caption id="attachment_3083" align="aligncenter" width="225"]2014-04-30 10.29.51 Wool/alpaca roving painted with purple egg dye.[/caption]   I also put some handspun grey yarn to soak and then put it in the crockpot with koolaid: [caption id="attachment_3082" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Soak yarn before dyeing, about 20 minutes. Soak yarn before dyeing, about 20 minutes.[/caption] I placed the damp yarn in the crock pot and gently poured hot dye over it, making sure the fiber was completely covered. [caption id="attachment_3087" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Crockpot set on high. Crockpot set on high.[/caption] Let it cook until the dye is exhausted, or you get the color you want. [caption id="attachment_3099" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Natural grey and brown wool, dyed with Blue Raspberry Lemonade Koolaid Natural grey and brown wool, dyed with Blue Raspberry Lemonade Koolaid[/caption] I used the same technique for some Suri Locks. These I contained in an onion bag, but soaked and poured the same. [caption id="attachment_3100" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Suri alpaca locks, dyed with Lime Koolaid Suri alpaca locks, dyed with Lime Koolaid[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3089" align="aligncenter" width="300"]The dye studio The dye studio[/caption] This was a great one day project that yielded some wonderful colorways.  Now on to making some knitted creations with my hand dyed yarns!    
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Posted by Maria on

Wow!!! I never would’ve thought of Easter egg dye. Brilliant!

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