Space dye wool/rayon yarn- fast and FABULOUS!

I am so excited about Laurel’s post today!!  This yarn is SO beautiful!!

First we started with a skein of what we believe to be Bamboo Ewe (Red Heart).  We got our yarn unlabeled in a bag of 3 at Mardens, our local surplus and salvage store.  This is what the label says:

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Liquid Rit Dye, assorted colors

white vinegar

bowls and a plate, may get stained, can be bleached.

We want a variegated space dyed yarn with a long repeat, so we are wrapping it around the head of the bed.  We tape it to one end and wrap the whole skein around the headboard, making one huge loop.                              2013-12-14 09.48.182013-12-14 09.49.55

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Take the skein and wet it in the sink, squeeze it out and we are ready to dye it!

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We will be using 3 colors, so need 3 bowls.  We put 1/2 cup of water, about 2 tablespoons of vinegar in each bowl, and about 1 tablespoon of dye.  We aren’t using exact measurements, just guessing.  It’s not an exact science.  Then stir!

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We arrange the wet yarn on a plate.

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Spoon the dye over the yarn.  Make sure you put on plenty to saturate through all layers.  You can lift the yarn up with a fork to see if the underside is colored.

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We find the colors become more intense after they are heated.

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Into the microwave!  We did this for 4 or 5 minutes.  You want to see a lot of steam rising off the yarn.  But be careful not to overheat it and start a fire.

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A steamy plate of yummy yarn.

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Gently  run lukewarm water over the yarn.

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Rinse, slosh and pat the yarn, changing the water twice, or more till the water is pretty clear.  When the yarn has been cooked enough in the microwave, there won’t be much color rinsing out.

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Press out the excess water.

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Wring it out.

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Beautiful!!

2013-12-14 10.32.57Hang it up to dry.

Last year we made and dyed so much tee shirt yarn, our fingers were all blue and our counters were stained. I know this can be addicting!!

I really don’t want to stop with this one skein!!  But, with Christmas coming…. Maybe January….!!

2 thoughts on “Space dye wool/rayon yarn- fast and FABULOUS!

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