Saturday, July 10, 2010

Dyeing Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool!

Oh My Gosh! I had a BLAST doing all this! 4 weeks ago I took a whole day and half to wrap the whole skein of Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool on my ironing board legs upside down in a figure 8 and then tied it off with some acrylic yarns. Between Life and other things I didn't get around to getting them dyed until yesterday. Enjoy the Photos! I know I'll make something scrumptious with the yarn when I get around to it!























Now the Particulars:

14 Lemonade Packets
7 Orange Packets
7 Lemon Lime Packets
2 Watermelon Kiwi with 4 Cherry Packets
Made up the Koolaid Packets in the 2qt jars 2 hours ahead of time
Soaked the Yarn for 1.5 hours.
Put Yarns into Jars and covered with Saran Wrap to keep the yarn from drying out.
Poured water between jars in waterbath canner
Turned on stove and kept at Medium 1 hour, then down to Low for another 2.5 hours. Total hours cooked 3.5 hours.
Turned off stove and left in jars to cool overnight putting a square pyrex glass lid on top of saran wrap to keep moisture in.
Carefully took out this morning, put in plastic tub and then transferred to kitchen sink and rinsed out carefully. No colors leached out other than the milky white residue left from the yellow lemonade. Put in towel and carefully pressed all water out as much as possible with hands, then took to bathroom stepped on it carefully to get more water out and hung to dry on shower head.



17 comments:

  1. That turned out so neat!! Can't wait to see what you make with it. :)

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  2. Oh, wow, that's so cool! I never thought of using different colors in separate jars like that. Oh, and I love the use of the ironing board! I knew those things had to be good for something...

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  3. Wow-the ironing board legs, who would have thought, ingenious!

    I may try your dyeing method, although it seems like a lot of steps and lot of time, however I do have a big canning pot (okay, it's a crab pot that was my grandfather's who passed 34 years ago) and has sat unused, but saved. Lovely yarn.

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  4. Thanks so much for the photo tutorial. I will have to give your technique a try. Your yarn turned out beautiful!

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  5. Wow love the yarn thats come out amazingly!!

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  6. It came out really great!!!
    I hope to see what you end uo doing with it!

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  7. wow!...never would have thought of the jar in the pot method...thats genius!...and so is the ironing board leg trick!

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  8. Love the use of the ironing board as a yarn winder! Great repurposing of an otherwise neglected appliance! (and the final yarn looks lovely too)

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  9. Wow that is so cool!! You are amazing!! I loved how it turned out and can't wait to see what you make with it!!

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  10. WOW!!! I love your wool - that's so fantastic. I just want to run out and start dyeing...

    Just a quick hello on my way out the door, and also to tell you that my little sockies are all crochet, super simple pattern - just check the side bar on my blog and you'll see a post in July entitled PATTERN: Advent Socks.
    Best wishes and "see" you soon!

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  11. LOVE the idea of using the ironing board to get extra long skeins! Can't wait to try it!

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  12. I LOVE IT! This may be some incentive to start buying Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool... as I can usually get it with 40% off coupons.

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  13. Hey it looks great! Any plans what you're going to do with it?

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  14. Yep, I'm gonna make a felted bag. But thats on the back burner until I get a couple other projects done first.

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  15. Wow! Gorgeous yarn! I have not tried koolaid-dyeing yet - on my musttry-list :))

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  16. Now that is what I call creative thinking! What a lot of work though...but it must be your passion which is awesome. Thanks for stopping over, ,my Mom is reading these comments on her garden peeps and just loving it!

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  17. great job ,, fantanstic ideas here:)

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