Saturday, October 21, 2006

Dyeing Day

Yesterday was dyeing day. I used two types of non-toxic dyes for the display presentations for the Knitting and Stitching Show. The Guild is selling kits made up of Goodall's Food Colouring and Kool-Aid.
I started with wool yarn. About 10grms each. Soaked them in vinegar and water for about 30 minutes. 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of water per colour. Plus a glug of vinegar per pan.

15 minutes on the stove top for the brights or the microwave it's 2 minutes on and then let it rest for 2 minutes until the colour is gone. Pretty simple. Nice range. The purple was blue and cochineal. I wanted a pinker purple. The red is very orange.

The pastels were 1/2 teaspoon to 1 cup water. Plus a glug of vinegar to each pan. I took it out when the colour was what I wanted. Not a timed thing, but an eyeball thing.

This was the best. The green dyed up quick and dark. I pulled it out before it was done. There was some colour left. I thought, "I'll do the pastel." Not green at all. Very turquoise. Very pretty. If only I could exhaust the green to get the turquoise.

Bit of multi coloured yarn. I may knit these into samples. Not really liking the look of these in comparison to acid dyes, but I probably need more practice.

Kool-Aid Pompoms. I really like these. I used 1 packet per 1/2 oz of yarn. Very strong colours. Same cooking time. No vinegar needed. What does this do to our insides???

1 comment:

Leigh said...

What cheerful colors! Made my day :)