Yarn Dyeing…

Last month I thought it would be fun to try my hand at dyeing my own yarn.  I perused many a site about dyes, fixatives, etc and then stumbled upon this little gem.   A whole website dedicated to dyeing yarn with food coloring!  And free, to boot.  The site discusses using everything from the McCormick food coloring you can buy at your local grocery store, to the Wilton gel dyes you can purchase at a craft store.  They provide photos of every color and type of dye in adorable mini hanks like this:

image courtesy of dyeyouryarn.com

So using their directions on incorporating the Wilton gel icing dyes, I started my little project (which, surprisingly, did not make a huge mess or cost a whole bunch of money).

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I started with a superwash yarn, and also did a 100% wool yarn:

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Wound it into a hank:

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And unfortunately I have not created a swatch or knitted anything yet so you’ll have to wait to see the result!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. karen
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 13:08:11

    gorg.. cant wait to see it knitted up!

    Reply

  2. Divine Debris
    Nov 01, 2013 @ 20:16:45

    That looks like so much fun! How did it work up? Does the color stay well, even with washings?

    Reply

  3. Macayla
    Jun 20, 2014 @ 01:32:18

    This is on my summer bucket list for sure!

    Reply

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