Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Yarn to Dye

So I got another very large box of yarn from Knit Picks in the mail yesterday. This time it's all yarn to dye, however. I got some different weights, so it's not all sock yarn now.

I wanted to expand my dyeing since I love doing it so much and I think it may be my best bet for selling on Etsy. I started dyeing it pretty much immediately. (No pictures yet, though.) And I've already had a dye issue--with my new black dye. I've been avoiding black dye since I thought it would be hard to use and (amazingly) it is. Did you know that black dye dyes brown if you don't get enough on the yarn? Grr argh. So I'll have to try to fix that one. But other than that, it is going swimmingly.


Alpaca Granny said...

Hey, Liz, I lived in Waterford many, many years ago. Went to an elementary called Waterford Center. Anxious to see your dyeing and share ideas with you. I'm in the very middle of Michigan. Welcome to EtsyFAST.

lissa said...

hi :-)
what dyes are you using? i haven't had any trouble with the lanaset black acid dye. if i don't get it dark enough, it's just one shade of gray or another. it's the only black dye that's ever given me good results, though.


Liz said...

I'm using Jacquard dyes. It's most likely a problem with me and not the dye, however--I just haven't had time to look into what I did wrong. :) I've never used any other dyes (except Kool Aid and food coloring), so I don't know if it could have anything to do with the brand. Thanks for the tip, though--maybe I'll get some Lanaset and try that.