Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Dye-Virgintized!

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to create my own personal hand dyed fiber "for the very first time" *singing Madonna's L.ike a V.irgin!

*get ready for lots of pics!*

Jet was a great hostess with all the mostess! :oDShe knew I had been wanting to try out dyeing yarn and invited me over to try it out!

I quickly went out and bought some Fishermen's Wool that is 100% pure and all natural.

What I didn't think about until the last minute was that it needed to be turned into a hank for dyeing! Doh! ;op

So I made one!! A very messy one! LOL All 465 yds! Haha!

Cristi helped me out since I was new to this whole entire process!

She even fed me dye formula bottles for my hunka hunka of wool! Haha!

Well before you can dye the wool it has to soak in water and vinegar until it is saturated

Then you can mix up dyes and have some fun!

There were acid and kool-aid dyes to choose from so you can make all kinds of color concoctions!!

I went all out and picked the acid dyes. Had to quickly scratch my memory on remembering that the basic primary colors of red & blue makes purple! ;op

Heather helped this clueless novice dyer out in giving me permission just to go for it!And I did! I started mixing and squirting that dye all over my wool!

I was smart and wore dark clothes that I wouldn't mind messin' up ;opOf course I had to make a red and purple combo! I am leaning strongly towards making a Lady E or a baby one with this yarn.

Once your yarn is thoroughly dyed (and it took mine forever since I had so much!) You wrap it up in saran wrap ready to be cooked for about 25 minutes or so!

That is a double steamer! The plastic wrap locks in the dyes while cooking up.

You then take it out of the steamer to cool off for a minuteTo be hanged up for drying

Here are my 2 hanks I dyedMy first hank (that is my fav) came out darker than my second one and I can't wait to wind them up into cakes.

But they gotta dry

and dry some more

I can't wait!

Thanks ladies for dye-virgintizing me!! ;op

47 Comments:

  1. Adrienne said...
    HEY DON!!! LOL

    Girl, that first picture had me CRACKING UP!! All that yarn!!! LOL! Glad you had fun!!!
    KnitDiva said...
    I am sooooooooo sad we missed you that day! Your yarn turned out lovely! Can't wait to see what you do with it! I hope to see you again some day soon!!! Well, in just a few short weeks we will be neighboors almost!!! :)
    melissaknits said...
    I love dyeing. It's on my short list of favorite things to do. I love to do kool-aid dyeing in the summer. Now you need a dye studio and a lot of empty yarn....
    Pajnstl said...
    Oh! you are just doing it up!! I'm glad you got a chance to dye :p
    Emily said...
    Those are some huge hanks! You wouldn't want to start off easy or anything ;-) I'm glad you had fun!
    kim said...
    I don't know that I'd ever attempt it, but yours came out beautiful. I love the deep colors.
    Cass said...
    WOW Great colors! You did good!
    Stacey said...
    Very very pretty! Looks like a very fun day :D
    muchadored said...
    Beautiful yarn! It came out so lovely. I have to try this some time! And you just crack me up.
    Channon said...
    LOL... Dyeing doesn't interest me on a personal level, but that did look fun! Can't wait to see it all dry and happy, and then, knitted up.
    Tracy said...
    Looks like fun...and very pretty results! I love to knit...but dyeing and spinning are both things I have yet to try. Have fun with your juicy-dyed fiber :o)
    jet said...
    I am glad you had so much fun and documented it so well! Your yarn came out exquisite, especially for a first timer with such a BIG HANK! LOL.
    knittycat said...
    I was sad I only got to see you for that quick second, but am so glad you had a good time! Those colors are beautiful!!! Well done!
    Wendy said...
    I'm hoping to make my first attempts at dyeing this summer. I've had some dyeable yarn for a while now and just haven't gotten brave enough to go through with it.
    Cas... said...
    Oooh! That looks interesting. I think picture number 11 kinda grossed me out when I first saw it. It looked like a blood clot for a moment. LOL! But I do like your finished product a lot. I like the first hank too with the richer colors.

    You are always experimenting and I think its great!

    Keep it up!
    Robin said...
    NICE!!! That looks like a lot of fun and I like the colors you ended up with!
    StarSpry said...
    How fun :) Your yarn looks great! I can't wait to see it wound into cakes!!
    Sheila said...
    That there got you crowned the Dye Diva.. that hank is huge... great colorway.
    tina said...
    Well first of all, are you not CUTE! :)

    Now that you have jumped into the dye thing, you will not only be non virginized but a trollop!!!!!

    Love your colorway, can't see it in the cake and then on the needles.

    LOL at hanging freshly dyed yarn on a white fence---- very bold!
    Zhenya said...
    I soooooo want to try dyeing soon! It's the next frontier for me. How lucky that you had a group of ladies to learn with!
    gold said...
    Wow it take a lot to dye yarn.That is something I would love to try!Can't wait to see what you are going to make with it.
    Zonda said...
    Giggle! Watch out, it could get addicting! Can't wait to see it wound up! Nice colors
    Michelle said...
    OH how fun! Love your colors! They look a little familar to me ;-) I have some of that fishermans wool I may have to dye up now.....
    Jeanmarie said...
    Looks like wonderful...Can't wait to join you guys next time...pp
    QueenDBW said...
    Oooh!! I am envious!! LOVE the colorway and I can't wait to see what it becomes.
    turtlegirl76 said...
    Your yarn turned out GREAT!! Awesome job. Horrible picture of me being all dorky and smiley but hey, for you, I'll let it go. ;)
    Anne said...
    Ooh very fun!! I love how they turned out too - it looks like you had such a blast, too, which is even better (or as good as!) the yarn!
    diddlinaknits said...
    How cool!! congrats on the they dying-they look great!
    Can't wait to see what you make with them
    tiennie said...
    Very cool! Fantastic job!!
    Alice said...
    Gorgeous! You have an eye for color, I can't believe it was your first time! Now I can't wait to see what it gets knit up into :)
    del said...
    Oh, Stacey, those are gorgeous colors! Stop tempting me to try new things!!! lol
    Denise said...
    Ooooh they look fabulous, can't wait to see the 'cakes'. It sounds like a lotta fun to do.
    Knitaholictoo said...
    Aewsome...you're a woman now. Teehee!
    pamela wynne said...
    I really need to learn to do this -- your pinks and purples are so lovely and deep! can't wait to see what it becomes.
    Teresa(NC) said...
    Beautiful colors! You did Great!!!
    I can't wait to see the Lady E from them, or whatever it becomes if this great yarn tells you it wants to be something else :).
    Junebug said...
    Reece & I think the post-cooked yarn looks like a liver. hahaha Looks like you had a lot of fun!!
    moo said...
    Looks just like something you would make! I would like to dye yarn some day, too. Yay,Stacey! Let's see what the Purl will make next!
    TURBOchic said...
    They look scrumdilliumpcious. Really.
    Sourire11 said...
    Beautiful handdyed! Watch out though - dying is like mmmalabrigo - very addicting ;-)
    Octopus Knits said...
    How fun! Your colors are beautiful : )
    B_More BAP Life said...
    Looks like fun!!
    Janet Richards said...
    Ooooh - so pretty!!!!! That looked like a lot of fun :) I can't wait to see you working with it.
    sdavis said...
    Soooo very cool! I think the drying part would be hard for me....I'd be too excited to wait to use it. Loving the colors, too.
    Liz said...
    Oh, how exciting is that?????? I cannot wait to see it in a cake and then knitted into something! The colours you used are SO YOU!!!!!!
    J.P. said...
    That looks like a fun day! I can't wait to see the finished and dry yarn. I'm sure it will be beautiful when it's all knit up!
    siggen said...
    Something else:
    Love your Ponchita, hope it's ok that I made a link to her: http://fabelaktiv.blogspot.com/
    Ava said...
    Wow, what a LOT of work!

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