Look Ma … I Made Pretty String!

I’m just going to let the pictures do the talking:


Cotton yarn used to make my number 8 ties before putting the yarn in a vinegar soak.


Tied up and waiting for the vinegar soak


Yarn spaghetti!

3:1 water to vinegar ratio


Post vinegar soak.  Waiting for the dye-bath.


Paas Easter egg dye.  I used only one pellet — the purple one.  Of course … 😀 

I had a major score with these at the supermarket.  Got a ton of boxes at .50 cents each!!!


Purple or navy blue?  Not so sure now but I’m about to add something else …


1/3 Special K protein powder mix.   Doesn’t the mixture look like the top of my Clorox wipes can?


In the dye-bath.

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Drying on my balcony …. aka the fire-escape.  😛


Spring Dream. 

Dried and ready to be caked. 

The colour is more saturated in some areas than others but the overall colour on the skein is definitely consistent.  I’ll be messing around with some more food dyes then on to the big leagues — acid dyes.  Dyeing will definitely in my near future; I can see myself becoming addicted to this.

Potential project: Slouched Tuva Hat by Turvid

Yarn used: KP Bare Worsted

Craft book used: Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece by Gail Callahan (I can’t say enough about this book.  A review to follow).  Added to library in 2012.

Hope you are having a lovely creative weekend — no matter what your craft/medium is!!!

11 thoughts on “Look Ma … I Made Pretty String!

  1. denise April 14, 2013 / 1:42 pm

    Wow! Love that wisteria shade. And brilliant idea to use easter egg dye!

    • Nicky April 14, 2013 / 7:37 pm

      Thanks so much Denise!! And I love your description of it … wisteria. Sounds so ladylike. 😀

  2. Andi April 14, 2013 / 11:25 am

    Fantastic dye job! That is a lovely shade of lilac. I can see why you are looking forward to exploring some more, I would too if I created this lovely string.

    • Nicky April 14, 2013 / 7:35 pm

      Thanks so much Andi. I can’t wait to see what it’ll look like knitted up. I’m ready to dye something else!!! 😀

  3. Tinochka April 14, 2013 / 10:23 am

    I’ve been wanting to try my hand at dyeing yarn forever! One of these maybe I’ll break down and finally do it. Very pretty color.

    • Nicky April 14, 2013 / 7:32 pm

      You should do it! Totally … even if you don’t have a book. Try it with food dyes/colouring first. Trust me, it seemed intimidating while I was reading up how to do it but once I decided to dive in, it was peachy!!!

  4. omlair April 14, 2013 / 3:28 am

    Very pretty indeed! I did some dying recently too, its so interesting to see the end result.

    • Nicky April 14, 2013 / 7:30 pm

      Yes it is … very, very interesting. I can’t wait to do some more! But I have to knit that skein first.

  5. HannahDavis April 13, 2013 / 11:16 pm

    That looks great! I hadn’t thought to use Easter egg dye.

    • Nicky April 14, 2013 / 7:30 pm

      I figured since it’s classified as a food dye it’s as good as any! 😀

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