This was my first foray into dyeing yarn with professional acid dyes. First we got out all the equipment: Dye, pots for dyeing, mask, citric acid, spoon, and yarn.
This is what the yarn looked like a’ natural.
First we wet the yarn, then put it in the dyepots. These pots had water, dye, and citric acid in them. We used purple and blue. We heated them up on the stove and let them sit for awhile, stirring occasionally.
After the dye was exhausted in the pot (water was clear), we removed and hung to dry. My Fiber Artist friend, Sherry gave me the tip to use two coat hangers to hang up the wet yarn. Hanging one at the bottom too keeps it from tangling up.
Final Result. I had a couple of spots that missed the dye so I can dye these again or leave them with a couple of tiny “bald spots”.
Note: Once you designate supplies for dyeing they are not supposed to be used for food anymore. I picked up a spoon to use that I thought, “I’ve never used this spoon.” The next morning my husband came into the kitchen and bellowed, “What happened to my stir-fry spoon?!!” Oops. He was soothed by the promise of a new spoon of his choice from Williams-Sonoma, and I was able to keep the peace. Something to keep in mind as you choose your dye-ware!
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