Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Self striping yarn
I attempted a last minute yarn dye job last week. This yarn was for a gift that I wanted to knit up. Not a good idea to try all this at the last minute when I was already busy with jewelry and Christmas shopping. My idea was to try dyeing yarn that would be self striping. I found several tutorials online, including this one. I didn't get super technical with measuring. Basically I just wanted the yarn to make stripes instead of just being mottled. I wound a super long skein like the tutorial shows. Altogether I am happy with the yarn, though it is not exactly what I had in mind, and so it goes with food coloring dyes. This was also my first attempt at dyeing with Wilton's Icing dyes. Basically the same process as Kool-Aid, but you have to add vinegar. What I didn't realize is that brown is hard to achieve! My brown ended up more red than I wanted. I will still use this yarn for something in the future, and actually learned a lot from this process, however ill timed it was.