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« on: May 02, 2009 04:37:58 PM »

So, I just finished my 3rd-ish pair of socks. They are made from some unidentified acrylic white yarn that I dyed with the spice turmeric. I love them, and I hope you do too!








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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2009 04:39:56 PM »

Ps. These were made using the free pattern Twinkle Toes by Cookie A. It can be found on Ravelry.

Pps. Colors in real life most resemble the last picture.
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2009 05:17:25 PM »

Those look super cosy! I love how cheerful the color is.
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2009 05:18:36 PM »

1: I had no idea you could dye with spices.
2: I had no idea you could dye acrylic!

These look lovely and comfy. beautiful!
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2009 05:34:25 PM »

Very cute!! I love that colour in that pattern.
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2009 07:33:19 PM »

Really well done, so pretty!  Do they smell tumeric-y?  I'd love to hear more about how you did that.
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2009 09:17:57 PM »

They are made from some unidentified acrylic white yarn that I dyed with the spice turmeric. I love them, and I hope you do too!

Beautiful socks. And turmuric must be powerful stuff, to dye acrylic.
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2009 08:49:17 AM »

Thank you everyone! Here are some more details on the socks:

1. How-to(ish): I used about... 1/8th of a cup to about 2 quarts of water to dye the yarn. First, I heated up the water. Then, I mixed in the turmeric. I then added my hanks of yarn and stirred them around for a bit in the scalding water. I turned the heat down to low and let them simmer for a while (maybe an hour or two?). I took the yarn out and hung it to dry.

2. To be honest, I didn't really think the color would stay. But it did! I just washed them normal cycle, with colors, and their color did not fade at all, which I am ecstatic about!

3. For about a month or two after, they smelled delicious. Unfortunately, I had to put them aside due to other responsibilities. When I recovered them, the no longer held the scent. Sad Bummer.


Again, thank you for all of the feedback! I really really appreciate it, like, mucho!
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2009 10:43:51 PM »

Great work! They look brill and I have NO idea how you got a natural dye to stick to turmeric..and you didn't even use a MORDANT?

Heads up on turmeric though..I've dyed with it using alum as a mordant, on wool...and it is NOT lightfast. It faded from bright bright bright yellow gold to pale buff after only an hour or two in the sun. Beautiful colour but for anything that is exposed to the sun..it's not worth it Sad there are other natural dyes you can use that make yellow that won't fade, but they're not as readily accessable as turmeric
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2009 01:00:14 PM »

Great work! They look brill and I have NO idea how you got a natural dye to stick to turmeric..and you didn't even use a MORDANT?

Heads up on turmeric though..I've dyed with it using alum as a mordant, on wool...and it is NOT lightfast. It faded from bright bright bright yellow gold to pale buff after only an hour or two in the sun. Beautiful colour but for anything that is exposed to the sun..it's not worth it Sad there are other natural dyes you can use that make yellow that won't fade, but they're not as readily accessable as turmeric

Wow, thanks for sharing that; I didn't know that they would fade in the sun. I will try to keep them out of the sunlight from now on I guess. Smiley
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