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« on: April 15, 2007 04:57:18 PM »

I had almost given up on finding a easy and inexpensive way to dye yarn after I had a unsuccessful try at kool-aid dyeing using the microwave.  After seeing the vibrant colors that Easter egg dyes produced on eggs, I was hoping the same thing would happen on yarn... well... let me know, how'd I do?

On the left is KnitPicks Bare superwash sock yarn, the right is Cascade 220


I decided to try a stovetop method to set the yarn, and it worked so much better and I found it easier than the microwave.  I put together a step-by-step tutorial on my blog if you're interested in seeing the process and trying it out yourself!

http://kathrynivy.com/patterns/extras/dyeing-yarn/

Below are more pictures of sock yarn, I am so excited to be able to have handpainted sock yarn for a fraction of the price of others I've seen.  I've stocked up on super cheap Easter dye kits now that the holiday has passed and I can't wait to do more!
There are lots more pictures there, and on my Flickr site if you're interested!


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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2007 05:31:47 PM »

wow those colours look great I wish I was that creative with colour
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2007 06:20:26 AM »

I love it!  I am definitely going to give this a try this week.  I just saw the easter egg dyes at my grocery store yesterday - so I know they are still there. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2007 06:30:57 AM »

what beautiful vibrant colours  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2007 09:16:50 AM »

I love it!  I am definitely going to give this a try this week.  I just saw the easter egg dyes at my grocery store yesterday - so I know they are still there. 

And the good thing is, they're super cheap too!  In my first dyeing session I used 2 dye kits and dyed 10 100g skeins of yarn, it really went a long way!

wow those colours look great I wish I was that creative with colour
what beautiful vibrant colours  Smiley


I bought some gorgeous fiber reactive dyes some time ago and there are lots of great colors, but I haven't found the time to work with those yet.  The powders are toxic, so you have to be careful while mixing, so with a 2 year old I haven't wanted to go that route yet.  With these dyes I didn't have to worry about her getting into anything that she shouldn't!
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2007 01:07:57 PM »

Alice you know I am jealous of your beautiful yarn! Have you bought a "Happy mid-April" present for me yet, because if you haven't...
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2007 04:09:46 PM »

They're beautiful rich colours!
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2007 08:50:04 PM »

Just beautiful!  I think I will have to go to the clearance section & get some kits.
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2007 11:04:56 PM »

Thats a great idea! I am going to stock up when I go grocery shopping tomorrow!
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2007 08:57:13 AM »

Thanks!  The dye packets really go a long way.  There are more pictures of yarn that I dyed on my blog.  All the yarn in the pics are on the bottom of the tutorial page were done with three packages total!
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« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2007 06:37:53 AM »

I tried this yesterday & am really happy with the results.  I had to go all over town to find egg dye that hasn't been pulled from the shelves yet & finally found some at K-Mart.  I used Brown Sheep in Oatmeal & wasn't too sure how it would turn out but it is GORGEOUS!  I used the purple, blue and green (two tablets each) & I swear it looks like noro or some other much more expensive yarn.  It seemed to condition the mohair in the BS too so it wasn't quite so itchy. 
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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2007 08:42:30 AM »

I tried this yesterday & am really happy with the results.  I had to go all over town to find egg dye that hasn't been pulled from the shelves yet & finally found some at K-Mart.  I used Brown Sheep in Oatmeal & wasn't too sure how it would turn out but it is GORGEOUS!  I used the purple, blue and green (two tablets each) & I swear it looks like noro or some other much more expensive yarn.  It seemed to condition the mohair in the BS too so it wasn't quite so itchy. 

I bet the Brown Sheep is awesome dyed!  Do you have pictures? I went to your blog and didn't see them up yet!
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« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2007 09:50:50 AM »

I dyed some more yarns with leftover dyes I had in my fridge for a few days.  They turned out well I think!



These colors really remind me of Spring Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2007 07:55:11 PM »

That is just incredible, too bad I am just finding this now, instead of a couple weeks ago.
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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2007 08:23:09 AM »

Here's the results of my easter egg extravaganza!! 
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« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2007 09:29:09 AM »

Those look awesome-I just love how bright they are!
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« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2007 02:01:11 PM »

I just tried this as well, it works great! If you're having a hard time finding Easter egg dye kits try Joann Fabrics. (I went on the 20th and they had tons for .29 cents a box.)
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« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2007 04:48:50 PM »

great colors
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« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2007 11:22:50 AM »

Your yarn is gorgeous, and the color combos are amazing!

I must try this - thanks so much for the tute!
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« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2007 12:00:36 PM »

Thanks!  It is so much fun to play around with the colors.  I am really excited to see how the new ones I dyed knit up, though I have to find projects for them first!
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« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2007 03:05:13 PM »

I'm with you!  I wish I had made more of my blue/green/purple yarn.  My friend just made this amazing shrug that's a Noro pattern - she of course spent a fortune on the yarn and I was thinking I could make the same one out of this.  I'd have to make my stripes a lot longer though. I wrapped the skien around the back of a chair so the striping pattern is pretty short. 

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« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2007 05:11:22 PM »

Hey Alice,

Thanks for the great tutorial.  After I saw your gorgeous yarn I knew that I must try this.



This is what I came up with.



This is Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn (color vanilla) dyed with Paas easter egg dye.



This is also Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn (color vanilla) dyed with Paas easter egg dye.



This is white Cascade 220 dyed with Paas easter egg dyes.

I really enjoyed dying these yarns.  It turns out that the egg dye kits that I bought only had the primary colors in them, so I had to do some mixing, but I'm really pleased with the way that they turned out.

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« Reply #22 on: April 26, 2007 09:35:05 PM »

Oh my gosh those are gorgeous!  They looks so pretty wound up into cakes!  I see some socks in your future Wink  What do you think you make from the Cascade?

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« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2007 11:31:09 AM »

Here's a question - I'm tempted to try yarn dying but how do you know if the dye will not wash out when you put the item in the wash?  Like, how did you know that the Paas dye would remain permanent on the yarn?  Thanx!
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