How to “Tie Dye” Yarn with Food Coloring


I discovered a fun new way to apply color to yarn last weekend that I couldn’t wait to share.

Tools needed:
Liquid Food coloring in colors of choice. (I used the McCormick’s Neon)
Latex Gloves
Skein of yarn
Wast Yarn
Vinegar
Sink
Wool Wash / Soak
Newspaper
Plastic Wrap
Microwave
Microwave Safe Dish

Step 1
Tie waste yarn in three to five places loosely around skein to avoid tangling soak in warm water with a glug of vinegar for at least 30 minutes

Step 2
Prep your dye space by placing a layer of newspaper to protect your work surface. Then a layer of plastic wrap large enough to accommodate your skein of yarn. (I used superwash merino/nylon sock yarn)
Gather your dye materials and gloves
After thirty minutes, wring out your yarn well (but carefully so it does not felt) and place on work surface.

Step 3
Wearing your gloves, drip food coloring onto yarn in quantity/color combination of your choice. I used all four colors, and quite a bit of food coloring.

Tip: flip yarn over and separate strands to ensure even coverage. Otherwise, you’ll have color on the outside of your skein and white on the inside.

Step 4 (the fun part)
Scrunch your yarn together. Remember, you’ve tied it well, so go crazy. Scrunch and punch. Toss it around like it’s a pizza crust. Knead it like it’s bread dough. The point is to spread and mix the colors.

Keep going until the color is spread pretty evenly

Step 5
Wrap in plastic wrap on the table and place in microwave safe dish*

Microwave for 2-5 minutes, depending on your microwave to set the dye. (Mine was perfect at three minutes).

*This method is only recommended with food safe dyes unless you have a microwave and dish completely dedicated to dyeing with professional grade acid dyes.

Step 6
Remove from microwave and allow to cool completely.
Rinse in your favorite wool wash and allow to dry.

Now you are ready to create away!

This skein is available now in the Tiny Dino Studios Etsy Shop if you just can’t wait!

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Linen Stitch Scarf, Day 2

The Scarf, Day 2

I put another 7 or 8 rows on the scarf yesterday. It is now a whole 2 1/8 inches wide. I feel very proud.

Part of what kept me from knitting too much on this scarf yesterday was the giant shipment of yarn I received yesterday morning. It included this:

Some bulky weight merino yarn. For some reason, since the fall I have been itching to knit with some good bulky yarn. (That might explain the closet full of commercially dyed bulky weight yarn. . . ) Even though I own plenty of large, cushy yarns in a few different colors, I was still hankering for colorful hand dyed stuff. So, of course, when it came in yesterday, I immediately skeined up a whole cone of it and test dyed a couple skeins in a lovely faded red type color. (Alas, it is winter, and it is still drying.) Today, I have turned my kitchen into a dye factory and am doing up the rest of the cone in rainbow colors. I have red and orange going right now. Look for it in the shop in a few days!

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On Haitus until June 1st

Here is why:

1. Finish final essay

2. Revise first essay

3. Biology Test 4

4. Biology Final

5. Knit Brock’s birthday socks

6. Continue to cook healthy, homemade meals

7. Don’t neglect sleep.

8. Graduate.

9. Vacation.

I have been hunkering down to finish the last semester of school. Those first two list items are currently consuming all my energy. I haven’t had much time for yarn dyeing or being on the internet or promoting my shop. There is a great likelihood that I will be very quiet until June. See you then.

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