I've wanted to do a post about dyeing yarn for a while, so when I agreed to barter a pair of my Centennial socks for some great IndyCar swag, I decided to hand-dye the yarn for the socks and take a few photos.
You can dye wool yarn quite easily with powdered drink mix. For this project I used four packets of Cherry, two packets of Black Cherry and two of Tropical Punch.
|Yarn soaking before being put in the dyepot.|
After you put your dyepot water on the stove (you want it just barely at a simmer), you have to soak the yarn thoroughly so the dye will strike relatively evenly. The soaking water should be pretty warm, and you want to poke the yarn down into the water really well so it all gets wet, but if you don't have superwash yarn don't wiggle it around too much or you will end up with a felted mess.
|Dyepot ready for drink mix dye solution.|
|Yarn in the dyepot. It sits until all the dye strikes.|
|Dyed yarn hank drip-drying.|
|Half a leg of sock #1|
So you see it's pretty easy to dye your own yarn....you don't have to do one color either. The first yarn I ever dyed was a random mix of blue raspberry, black cherry and tropical punch!