Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dyeing for Fun Part 1

Since I plan to dye a lot of yarn in the coming months and the yarn I dyed for the fingerless gloves was such a hit, I thought I would start a series of posts about my dyed yarn. Some day in the near future, I hope to open up an Etsy/Artfire shop to sell my dyed skeins. I even have a name for my company, but that's for a later post. :)

Here is one of my more recent dyes:

Colorway: Caribbean Sea
Fiber content: 100% Merino Wool
Weight: Fingering/4-ply
Yardage: 440 yards
Unit Weight: 100 grams
Care: Hand wash/Dry Flat
Dyed with: Kool-aid, Hawaiian Punch sugarless packs and food coloring


  1. Beautiful yarn, you did a lovely job with it

  2. Oh. My. Gosh. Love! Now you have to teach me how to do this... or at least point me in the direction of a good book or tutorial? Please? :)

  3. Love, love, love your dyed yarns! Every one I've seen is breathtaking.

  4. Halfpint, thank you! I can't wait to see how it knits up. I think I'll be keeping this one. :)

    Paula, thank you! To be honest, I own a book for dyeing but haven't used it yet. I started out using a tutorial online, but pretty much just wing it. Here's the link: http://www.knitpurlgurl.com/2009/06/my-first-attempt-at-dyeing-yarn.html

    Pentalia, thank you! I've been pretty happy with most of it so far. It's so fun to see how it turns out once dried.

  5. Oh wow, you did that with Kool-Aid and Hawaiian Punch?! It's beautiful. I especially love the hints of darker, purply-blue.

  6. Kathleen, I did! the darker, purply-blue is the food coloring. Just the kind that come in the little bottles and are cheap from the grocery store! Thank you!

    Alea, thanks! ::blushes::

  7. Wow, that turned out awesome! I dyed with Kool-Aid once (grape) but it didn't turn out nearly so brilliant. I've heard you can do it with Easter egg dyes, too, but I hadn't heard about Hawaiian Punch or food coloring.

  8. Chelsea, thank you! Yeah, the grape Kool-aid isn't as bright as others. It can turn a little muddy quickly. The Hawaiian Punch I used was in little packages and obviously didn't have sugar added, just like the Kool-aid. Food coloring works good, but the Wilton's Icing dye is the best for vibrant colors IMO.

  9. I have found that dyeing yarn is such a creative outlet. And so relaxing or meditating in a way. I really enjoy it.

  10. suddenexpression, totally relaxing, though I always run around like a chicken with my head cut off for some reason while I'm mixing the dyes.