I received a lot of positive feedback on my last post about dyeing yarn. I'm certainly not an expert on the subject by any means, but I truly enjoy experimenting (I am a scientist after all) even if those experiments turn out a little funny like this one did. I also hope that many of you will try your own dyeing adventures!
First experiment: Egg dyes:
Right after Easter you can usually find those boxes of egg dye tablets (there are many different brands) for about $0.25 a piece. I've found them to be a really easy and nontoxic way to dye yarn, in fact that was the only type of dye I would use while at college. While the color choices might appear to be slightly more limited (usually only about 6-8 different colors per box), you can use the amount of vinegar added to change how vibrant the colors turn out.
First I soaked my yarn (Cascade 220) in a 1:4 vinegar to water solution for at least an hour in order to allow the dye to correctly set in the fibers. Then I gently squeezed out as much of the water out of the fiber as I could and placed the yarn in a microwaveable dish.
I always experiment with how I prepare the dye, but this time I added 2 cups of boiling water to about 3/4 a cup of white vinegar (the volume of vinegar is where I usually experiment), and then added two tablets of the same color to the mixture. After the tablets completely dissolved, I was ready to go!
I poured the dye mixture over half of the skein and then microwaved it on high for 2 minutes, allowed it to rest for at least 5 minutes, microwaved for 2 minutes, and then allowed to cool before squeezing most of the water out.
I repeated the dye step with another color (which I totally chose at random just for the fun of it) until I had a pretty variegated skein (can't you tell I just love dyeing those the best?).
I think that out of all of the different dyeing methods, egg dyes are some of the easiest and least messy, and I highly recommend them to people wanting to give them a try.
Still interested? Check out my other posts on dyeing: