There’s nothing more satisfying than dying your own wool. It’s just such an addictive wee hobby isn’t it? Here’s yesterdays effort, some bulky handspun steam dyed with good old food colouring. I love it. It’s actually for a gift, but I don’t know if I can part with it!
I’ve been experimenting with new techniques to try to gain a little more control when dying. There’s nothing worse than spending the good part of an hour painting a hank of yarn, then to have the colours merge when ‘cooking’. So for this hank, I painted the yarn whilst steaming it over a large canning pot. It worked a treat, very minimal colour left when rinsing and the colours are rich (much richer than the photo illustrates) and most importantly have STAYED WHERE THEY WERE PUT!! Yeehaaaaa. Yay, I have sussed out my new dying technique.
The only downfall of scrummy food colouring yarn, is the bottles of dye that get soaked up during the process. But, one of the lovely spinning ladies mentioned that the kindy she works at use powdered food colouring. Ooh, ooh, I said, tell me more! So now I have ordered a batch of powdered food colouring in all 12 shades (well you need to test them all out you know), and will pick them up on Monday. How exciting is that! And best of all, the colours are so intense that you only need to use a smidge (technical term) to achieve intense yarn dyed goodness. Can you imagine how much fun it’s going to be mixing the powders together to create new colours? Mmmmmm.
The best part is, little Miss 3yr old helped with the dying yesterday. She hasn’t been able to do this with the acid dyes as they are a bit toxic. We just did the whole dying process in our kitchen using everyday equipment. Fantastic!