3.18.2010

Bright yarn

Sun, and bright blue skies! I’m in the mood for some bright yarn and some Reggae music from Jamaica! So pick a song from the top 25 this week and get some sunshine into your life.

So I got my dye pot out, and decided to try some kettle dyeing!

I used the kettle dyeing tutorial from Fiber Fever’s blog (throwing knit fits since 2006). It is easy and understandable.

So with just this amount of info, I got started…

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I quickly found the red dye over powers everything else, I was trying to half orange and half red. But I like the extreme vivid colors, I found if I didn’t stir it in and let it “settle” on top, and then stuck a chopstick in straight down, and just “wiggled” it a little, the dye dispersed without getting too even.

Then I tried some blue and green, ooo pretty. I’m trying to keep a little white in it for more variation, and the colors look cleaner.

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This pot has 1/3 red and 1/3 orange, 1/3 yellow, just a little wiggle, and then after bringing to a simmer, let sit for 30 min or until dye is absorbed. (water will be clear)

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This is 1/2 red and 1/2 purple

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Drying on my line.

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I like the effects and the results, this was a very fun technique! Give it a try!!

 

7 comments:

  1. B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. Great dyeing.
    BTW, I love your new header picture.

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  2. Eh mon...dis is too cool! That was my Jamaican accent, lol! You've inspired me to get off my lazy butt and do some dying. Thanks for the tutorial link. Don't you usually do kettle dying?
    DJ

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  3. Vicki, I can always come here and get inspired. Your work is simply lovely and so creative. I get all juiced up and ready to knit or crochet something. Don't think I'll ever take the plunge into spinning or dying, but oh you do make it tempting!

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  4. Ooooooo, your yarn came out so preettttyyyy! Isn't dyeing so much fun?!?

    Another fun technique is to fill your pot up with a little water (enough to barely submerge the yarn), put the yarn in and THEN pour the dye in. You will want to use a more concentrated dye mixture. It's really interesting to see where on the yarn the dye "sticks".

    Keep up the good work!!

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  6. I love pot dying! I wonder what your neighbors say when they see you hanging them out to dry. "Rapunzel, you lost your hair!:

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