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Making Monday: Dyeing Yarn

February 17th, 2014

Last week I mentioned that there was dye in my future.  On Saturday, I got my supplies together. Possibly a little haphazardly as I ran from room to room, gathering supplies, and oddities.  Solo cups, yarn,  bucket, gloves, sword, you know the usual supplies.  I started with 5 skeins of Lion Brand  pure wool, which comes in an off white color and 2 boxes of Rit Pearl Grey Dye.

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Happily the yarn wasn’t caked when I got it. I  simply untwisted and removed the tie that was on one end as it was much too tight and added  about four ties per skien evenly spaced in some acrylic I had lying around. Tying each loosely I  had five rings ready to dye.

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The next step was prepping the hot water and dye. The water was to be at 140 degrees. I brought the water to a simmer. Mixing it with a bit of warmer water, and premixing the dye in the solo cup.  Then it was time to soak the yarn in hot water and drop it into the dye bucket.

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Then came the first interesting part of the process. The fabric is supposed to be agitated regularly. When I was gifted this wool, and mentioned my dye plot my friend warned it is a wool  that enjoyed felting if you looked at it too hard.

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There were holes in my gloves, and so doing this by hand was off the table. After some thought I grabbed my trainer sword. It’s stainless steel, and could actually move the yarn unlike, my original tools which were plastic and foiled by the wet yarn.  I stirred for a few minutes, then let it sit, as I wandered off to watch Olympics coverage.

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I rinsed the skeins until the water ran clear.  Than I gave it another good rinse with some wool wash before hanging it in the tub to dry. This morning I had  dry grey wool, that is waiting to be wound. My new winder will be arriving tomorrow so  that shouldn’t be long.

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It was a fun dyeing adventure, but the random odds and ends that I was missing, made it clear to me, that dyeing is still an one off activity, even as I get ideas.  So many ideas.  I am just glad to be victorious with this  and get five matching skeins.

 

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