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This post is about wool dying with food colors - the English post will follow some time soon.
The other day I confronted myself with something new again: dyeing wool myself. Because I've only had experience with it, this is more a report on a successful experiment than a guide.
I had seen these instructions (http://www.youtube.com/user/chantimanou#p/u/13/8U_Dy8HuZrA) and thought I have to try it myself.
Here are the videos that I definitely recommend:
Chantimanou - dyeing wool, part 1
and part 2:
Chantimanou - dyeing wool, part 2
I particularly recommend Chantimanou's blog anyway. You learn a lot about yarn. Actually, it's mostly about spinning, but there are a lot of other topics that come up as well.
- Wool that can absorb color. So far I have only tried Karisma from Garnstudio, so I cannot report on any other yarn.
- Easter egg colors or food coloring
- cling film
- Microwave or oven
- Cover for the workplace
- a place to dry wool
After a long search for the right yarn for this experiment, I ended up with the yarns from Drops (Garnstudio) again. Karisma is pure wool and can be dyed beautifully. I ordered 8 balls in white. (By the way, my source for drops yarns is www.Lanade.de
I used Easter egg colors as coloring material. They are cheap, available in the essential colors - you can mix them, dilute or intensify them and, above all, you cannot poison yourself with them. I can even eat food coloring, then I can wear it on my skin or give it to small children.
Together with my mother-in-law, I started at Easter. Each of us has wound and tied 3 balls of Karisma to one strand each. We just wrapped it around the back of a chair because I don't have any reels. We have kept a ball of white each so that we can vary a little later when knitting.
We then put the strands (3 together) in large pots in the vinegar. We filled the whole thing up a little with water so that the strands were completely covered and let it stand for two hours. The wool is then stained and can absorb the color.
During that time we mixed up Easter egg colors, simply following their instructions. We used pills. But of course any kind of food coloring will do.
Then we expressed the strands. If we had wanted to dye more wool, the remaining vinegar could of course be reused.
We covered our work surface with cling film and placed the strands on it. We then used spoons to distribute the color solutions on the strands. We have chosen different color variants for each.
You can also use a lot of other tools for spreading, e.g. syringes, brushes (for small spots) and so on.
After distributing it, we covered the wool with cling film and rolled it up as a small package. We then put it in the microwave for 5 minutes on the highest setting. Alternatively, you can fix it in the oven, but I have no experience with that. You need about 45 minutes at 60 degrees - without foil!
After the microwave, we let the wool cool down first. Of course we burned our fingers anyway. We couldn't wait.
Then we washed out the wool. Even the first rinse, no color came out, I would have thought we'd have brightly colored fingers afterwards.
We then hung the strands over a broomstick until they were dry. Then we wound skeins. I will soon be knitting a scarf or a children's jacket from my skeins. I'm curious what my mother-in-law will make of it.
Then here are our results:
And in the test rag it looks like this for me: (girlishly colorful, I think. And I already know someone who wanted a scarf out of it):
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