When I try something, I do a little research and jump whole-heartedly into the task. Usually these attempts fail and I learn a whole bunch of lessons that I can either apply to the next time I try it or decide it’s just not for me and never attempt it again.
There’s so many inspiring yarn-dyeing artist on IG, I couldn’t help but get inspired to at least try AND when I was at a local crafting store, I happened upon dyeable yarn in the clearance section. WHAT!!! It was a sign!! I bought all of the skeins they had, got some food coloring and rushed home.
My favorite yarns to knit with have been ombre where the color subtly changes as I keep knitting. You’ll find that post here. For this post, I’ll be writing about my kettle dyeing experience which seemed like a classic and simple way of dyeing yarn.
Google and Pinterest are my best friends when it comes to my crazy projects like this. Here are the blogs I used for reference during this process:
Here’s the yarn I found.
I let the yarns soak in a vinegar/water bath (4 parts cold water to 1 part vinegar). I filled it up enough with that ratio to cover the yarn. They sat in their water bath for 30 minutes while I prepared the dye bath.
I filled up a large pot halfway (I had three skeins to dye) and added a couple good glugs of vinegar. I brought the water up to a simmer. I love shades of blue so I used Royal Blue and Teal to get the color I wanted.
I wanted some variation in my yarn so I didn’t push the yarn down all the way and let some of it sit purposely, partially out of the dye water.
I carefully fished out the skeins and took them outside to cool off in the nice summer sun. When I got out there, I realized I didn’t have anywhere to hang them up so I laid them on the ground (don’t worry, it was clean from being hosed off after my ombre dyeing adventure).