In honor of the Cushy longies giveaway, I thought I would share how I dyed the wool I used to knit these longies. When the yarn was hanging to dry, Hubby said it looked like it had been tie dyed. So we dubbed the yarn "Green and Blue Tie Dye."
I used a full 8 ounces of Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool. I skeined it all out on my homemade swift and tied in loosely in 3 spots. On my swift, one full rotation is about 3 yards. So I know have a big loop that is 3 yards around.
|Still skeined. Can you see the white ties?|
I filled a bowl with hot tap water and a big glug of vinegar. Then I gently pushed my yarn down in and let it soak about 30 minutes.
While the yarn is soaking, I made the dye. I mix my dye in big 16 ounce mugs. For the green dye, I used almost 1/2 teaspoon of Wilton's Icing Gel in Kelly Green, a small glug of vinegar, and filled with enough hot tap water to equal about 3/4 to 1 cup of liquid. Stir it really well until it is dissolved. For the blue dye, I used almost 1/2 teaspoon of Wilton's Icing Gel in Royal Blue, a small glug of vinegar, and filled with enough hot tap water to equal about 3/4 to 1 cup of liquid. Again, stir it really well until it is dissolved.
Next I gently moved the yarn into the crockpot. I just let it coil down in~ there's no orderly fashion at all. I then pour in enough of the soaking water to almost cover the yarn.
Next I poured in the dye. I poured the blue dye around the outside edge of the pot, like a "C" shape that went around half of the crockpot. The green dye was poured all in one spot and in the center of the empty are on the other half of the crockpot. Does that make sense. (I wish I had taken a picture!) So it kind of looked like a green circle with a blue "C" from the top to bottom on one side. The yarn should now be covered. Do not stir! Resist the temptation to mix! It will not look right, but the dye will spread as it gets hot.
I turned the crockpot on low and left it for 4 or 5 hours. Do not lift the lid if you can help it. I can see through the lid on my crockpot, so I don't have to lift it at all. When it looks like the water is clear or almost clear, I turn the crockpot off. Leave the lid on! Now I leave it until it's completely cool. I usually just leave it all night.
In the morning, I gently take the yarn out and rinse with lukewarm water.For this yarn, I don't think I put it in the microwave to set the dye. It usually does fine without the microwave set since I have so much vinegar in the water. Plus, the vinegar makes the Fisherman's wool nice and soft!
I love how the blue dye broke into blue and purple. I love how it really became a mix of green, blue, purple, and white!
I love this yarn! I think I'm going to dye more soon!