Saturday, 22 September 2012

More adventures with dying, and now yarn!

 I started with some 100% wool, this is from the west yorkshire spinners, bought from my local yarn shop. I soaked it in a vinegar and water mix.

 Spread on clingfilm then painted using food colouring. I used the technique in this blog
 My second skein of yarn I tried a different technique. I put the yarn in with the water and vinegar, but didn't fully mix the colour so that there would be some varigation.
 When the water was clear the dye is fully absorbed.

 So dryed, and then balled.

I originally thought the first technique didn't work as well as the second as although the blue took the red and black hadn't fully fixed. However I have since found this and realised that the problem may have been with the actual dye itself rather then the technique. The blue/yellow/green has taken perfectly though.

So it was fun, just to knit them up now, although I haven't decided what into yet. Then I need to decided whether to buy some different food dyes, try with koolaid, or whether to brave buying some acid dye.


Hazel said...

Oooooh lovely. Well done you. You'll be spinning soon. X

Evelyn said...

They look good :-) I love dyeing my own yarn although I haven't done it for ages. Especially the technique you used for the second one where you don't quite know how it's going to turn out. Looking forward to seeing them knitted up :-)

Bernardeena said...

You'll have to give me any dyeing hints or links, I am a complete beginner but enjoying it.

I don't think I have the time for spinning just yet, maybe when they are both older but I'm not sure I have the patience.