Thursday, April 23, 2009

have fun or dye trying

One thing I have never tried (but always wanted to) was dyeing my own sock yarn. I bought some naked yarn yesterday so that I could try my hand at it. Guess what? It's fun!

I divided one 450 yard skein into 14 smaller skeins. They soaked overnight in water & vinegar.
I used Wilton cake decorating dyes that I bought at Michael's (cheap with a coupon!)

brush on the dye however you like it. Microwave it for 45 seconds. Wait a few minutes and then microwave it again for 30 seconds. If the water runs clear, the dye has set.

I love how bright and fun the colors are!
The reason that I divided the skein into mini skeins is because I want to start making one of these blankets. Each square only requires a small amount of yarn. I plan to use the leftover bits that I have from every pair I have made, and supplement it with some that I dye myself, like this. The undyed skein was $12.50, so around a dollar per square. Not too expensive for something that will last a lifetime!
Happy Thursday!


Jen on the Edge said...

That's going to be gorgeous blanket!

sue said...

It is going to be a great blanket. I love the nice purple color in the centre.

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