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« on: September 04, 2007 09:53:19 AM »

Hi everyone! I have four skeins of Lion's Fisherman Wool that I would like to dye. My plan is to use three or four colors for a stripey effect when knit up. What would be the best method for making 1600 yards of yarn all the same "dye lot"? I've only ever used a little pot of Rit on the stove, so I'm lost. Please help!

« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2007 09:21:33 AM »

If you really want to make it all one dye lot you could try getting a roaster oven.  That way you can lay them all out next to each other and pour the dye on.

Another thing you could do is lay each skein out on plastic wrap and put the dye on them one at a time and then wrap them up and microwave them.


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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2007 12:59:24 PM »

Are you going for actual stripes, or the type of miss and match stripes you get with variegated?

If you want variegated, then yep, lay them out on plastic wrap after soaking in vinegar & dish soap, then put your colors on each the same way.  You can try laying them on top of each other, but it would be more accurate to do them all separate but equal.  (You can get the dye into all the yarn more easily).  Nuke 'em.  (In your 'for dyeing only' microwave, unless you are using food dyes.)

If you want to do real stripes, you need to swatch to your garment size, measure how long of yarn you need to make the width of stripe you want, and multiply that by the number of colors you want.  Divide in half, set two chairs that distance apart, and wrap the yarn around them.  When you come to the end of a skein, you can tie the next one on.  Be sure to tie your super long skein with lots of figure 8's, so it doesn't get all tangly.   Dye the yarn, measuring each color.  You can make piles of each color, or stuff the length for a color in a jar or other container, and nuke it all.

Good luck...and be sure to show us how it turns out!

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