Kristie’s Stripey Yarn

I posted about this yarn back in 2009, but I had included two yarn recipes in the post. For ease in searching yarn recipes, I decided to re-post each yarn separately.

I dyed this yarn for a friend's baby shower gift. She was expecting her third boy and decided to give cloth diapering a try this time. I made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby for yarn~ no local yarn store and no time to order. I bought a skein of Lion Fisherman Wool. I skeined out a hank of 200 yards, which left another 265 yards.

I decided the 265 yard hank would become a striping, handpainted yarn. At least that was the goal. This was my first try at handpainting.


I pre-soaked the yarn in vinegar water, and then I put out cling wrap in a big circle on the table and handpainted the yarn.


I made the dye using liquid food coloring and a splash of vinegar. The red was about 1/2 cup of water and a whole bottle of red food coloring, which I think was about 100 drops. The green was 1/3 cup of water and 80 drops of green food coloring. The blue was about 1/3 cup water and 75 drops of blue food coloring.


I used a turkey baster to squirt the dye onto the yarn. Then wrapped the cling wrap snuggly around the circle of yarn in order to keep the dyes from mixing. I carefully piled the wrapped yarn into a rectangular glass pan that would fit into my microwave. I heated on high power for 2 minutes, then let it rest 2 minutes, then microwaved another 2 minutes, etc. until I had heated it for 6 minutes total. I could see the steam inside the cling wrap.


Now the hard part: leave it alone until it was cool. I think it was worth the wait.


Be brave, be creative~


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