I have come across some useful information that I want to share with my readers. There are several different ways to dye yarn in your kitchen. The one that intrigues me most is the long color runs achieved by using 5 or more different colors on a single skein of yarn. I have a distinct fondness for variegated yarns. The longer the color runs the better for me. Such color gradations result in stunning finished objects like afghans, shawls, and scarves. Rita uses hers mostly for socks. Fifty to 100 grams of sock yarn gives her enough yarn in her new, unique colorway(s) to knit a fantastic pair of socks. Another favorite pattern of hers is the Seraphina Shawl which also lends itself to yarns with long color runs.
Here’s a picture of some of Rita’s ‘before’ yarn prepared for her dye pot.
After a dip in the red dye pot, the yarn has a completely new look as you can see in this photo.
Here’s another ‘before’ hank of yarn. Kinda ‘Plain Jane’ yarn, not particularly attractive or appealing.
Another less than stellar hank of yarn that was headed for the dye pot. I really find this yarn to be downright boring.
But, as usual, Rita jazzed it up with a bit of dye and produced stunning results! Then she knitted the yarn into a custom fit pair of socks you see at the top of this article. I’ve seen these on her feet!
So, how can you attain these same results in your own kitchen or laundry room? Here is the information you need. I’ve seen the bottles of dye that Rita uses. They are $8 bottles of food quality dyes that come in bottles of approximately 8 ounces. She can get a lot of dye of socks with an $8 bottle of food dye!
Part Three of this article will give you all the details!
By jd wolfe