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« on: October 30, 2010 07:37:23 AM »


I'm thinking about dyeing some wool yarn, but I just hate the rinsing process. I've rinsed cotton clothes in washing mashine, but is it possible to rinse wool yarn like this? I'd use wool program of course, and if I dye the skein from several places it shouldn't be too bad a mess. Or will it anyway?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2010 07:56:23 AM »

Be more worried that the yarn will felt together than that the colors will run. The best way I've found to rinse wool yarn is to set it in the kitchen sink, spread it out a bit, and spray it with cold water from the little sprayer nozzle thingy until the water runs clear. If you've got separate colors in your yarn you can rinse them separately that way (for the most part) and it won't cloud it, as well.

« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2010 10:43:09 AM »

Thaks for the answer.

Doesn't it take a long time to rinse it that way? It's the amount of time rinsing requires that's killing me really.

Hmm, I noticed a funny mistake in my question. I meant that if I tie (not dye... English is not my native language) the skein in several places then it wouldn't become too tangled. I wasn't actually worried about the colors. But it's good to know about that too as I'm planning to use several colours.
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2010 01:32:33 PM »

It doesn't take all that long to rinse that way. The longest it's ever taken me has been about a half hour, and that was a lot of yarn. For that one, I just spread it out in the sink, turned the cold water on, and let it run.

Even if you tie (not dye  Wink ) it in several places, it could still felt up a little bit. It all depends on the yarn itself. Some will, some won't. The colors generally won't run together, except at the edges where they normally blend a little bit anyway, so that's not really much of a problem.

« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2010 05:18:03 AM »

I just dyed 16 skeins of yarn  - what you call tie dye I call painting.  It turned out beautifully (I will to to post photos) so I will share my method with you.

1) Soak the yarn for at least an hour, drain and roll up in a towel to absorb the excess water.

2) Lay yarn out on plastic wrap (like Saran kitchen wrap) and apply the dye to different sections - I used baby bottles to squeeze the dye on the yarn.

3) Wrap the plastic over the yarn and then roll it up like a cinnamon bun.  Steam it in a pot on the stove. I place several bricks in the bottom of a pot and put the "yarn buns" on them  Put a few inches of water in the pot and steam for 1/2 hour.  Allow to cool and then rinse once (the kitchen sink method will work fine.)

4) Ideally all of the dye should be absorbed by the yarn and you only need to rinse once.

Hope this makes sense.
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