Dyepot Weekly #35 – Reproducing My First Handpainted Yarn

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I thought it would be fun to replicate the first ever yarn I handpainted, Lion Brand Wool Ease 80% acyrlic/20% wool http://shrsl.com/u5at, for the 35th episode of Dyepot Weekly. I mixed 12 colors out of KoolAid and liquid food coloring drops to create a rainbow. To add a new layer to my throwback dyeing project, I decided to also dye some 100% wool Wool of the Andes Worsted weight yarn from KnitPicks http://shrsl.com/u5as to see the difference in color saturation. (Affiliate Links) It is a good thing that I kept meticulous notes when I dyed the yarn that first time. ChemKnits is the best lab notebook ever!

Read the original recipe: http://www.chemknits.com/2009/06/rainbow-colorway-with-kool-aid.html

[0:00] Introduction
[2:52] Preparing to presoak (in tap water for 20+ min)
[3:57] The dyes I will use in this video
[5:04] Mixing the dyes (see below for the recipes). Adding 20 mL of each stock color to the cups.
[6:30] Adding food coloring drops to the liquid.
[11:48] Ordering the dye colors
[13:08] Handpainting the yarn
[21:08] Applying the rest of the dye, sped up 800%
[22:17] Massaging the dye in the fiber to smooth out the color transitions.
[26:23] Wrapping up the Yarn to microwave it
[29:08] Microwaving the yarn in 2 min increments (on high) for a total of 6 min
[30:14] Washing the yarn
[32:52] The finished dry yarns and conclusions

All stock solutions started as follows:
Blue – 4 packets Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade in 1/2 cup water
Yellow – 2 packets Lemonade KoolAid in 1/2 cup water
Red – 4 packets Cherry KoolAid in 1/2 cup of water.

Dye Mixing recipes (Note, B1, R1, & Y1 are the remants of the stock solutions after 60 mL had been removed for the three other color derivatives.) Note 2: These are the doubled values I mixed in this video
B1 – Remaining Blue Stock + 20 drops NEON Blue
B2 – 20 mL Blue Stock + 10 drops NEON purple
B3 – 20 mL Blue Stock + 16 drops NEON pink, 10 drops NEON blue
B4 – 20 mL Blue Stock + 10 drops green
R1 – Remaining Red Stock + 20 drops red
R2 – 20 mL Red Stock + 8 drops blue
R3 – 20 mL Red Stock + 10 drops yellow
R4 – 20 mL Red Stock + 12 drops NEON blue
Y1 – Remaining Yellow Stock + 20 drops yellow
Y2 – 20 mL Yellow Stock + 10 drops NEON green
Y3 – 20 mL Yellow Stock + 4 drops yellow, 4 drops NEON green, 4 drops green
Y4 – 20 mL Yellow Stock + 6 drops yellow, 10 drops red

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Dyepot Weekly #34 – Dyeing Dry Sock Yarn with a Tulip One Step Dye Kit

What will happen if we try to dye dry yarn (instead of presoaked) with some tie dye? In this video, we used KnitPicks Stroll fingering weight sock yarn http://shrsl.com/sand and a Tulip One Step Tie dye kit in the Carousel colorway http://amzn.to/2Bt9E8X (Affiliate Links) Normally we presoak the fibers we want to dye because it allows us to apply the dye evenly. However, I love the effects I get when I wipe up spilled tie dye on paper towels, and wonder if I can get some of those cool mottled effects on yarn. Let’s intentionally “spill” the dye into a dish basin and then use the yarn to mop up the dye.

[0:00] Introduction
[0:30] Applying the dye to the yarn
[5:29] The yarn looks so cool!
[5:51] Wrapping up the yarn to allow the dyes to set overnight.
[6:34] Washing the yarn
[9:15] The finished dry yarn

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Channel: ChemKnits Tutorials
Published: 2018-02-15 18:25:35
Duration: 12M10S
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Dyepot Weekly #32 – Dyeing Yarn with Avocado Pits and Skins

Let’s dye 100% cotton and 100% wool yarn http://shrsl.com/s195 with Avocado pits and skins! (KnitPicks Affiliate Link) I am frequently asked whether I have tried dyeing yarn with Avocado, and I finally needed to give it a try! In this experiment, I wll dye mini skines of 100% cotton and 100% wool yarns in different combinations of avocado pits and skins. I did not use any mordants in this video, I wanted to see what kind of colors we could get from just the avocado organic matter. Enjoy!

[0:00] Introduction
[0:17] What is going in each pot. (Pot 1: 6 avocado pits 200 g, Pot 2: 3 avocado pits ~100 g and 70 g skins, Pot 3: 150 g avocado skins
[1:10] Setting up the dyepots, 8 cups of water + the avocado parts shown above. I added the pits whole and tore the skins into some smaller pieces
[3:49] 10 min into heating, we start to see some color!
[4:54] Preparing the yarns. 3- 23 g miniskeins of 100% cotton and 3 – 34 g miniskeins of 100% wool. I presoaked the yarn for 30+ min in plain tap water
[5:13] After simmering for 1 h – checking in on the colors. Add 1 cup warm tap water to each dyebath to increase the volume. Let them simmer for 30 more min.
[6:42] After 1.5 hours total. Straining the organic matter out of the dyebaths
[10:31] adding the presoaked yarn.
[13:16] After 30 min hour of heating the yarn with the dyes
[14:08] Turning off the heat after 1 hour total
[15:18] The next morning
[16:55] Washing Pot #1 (just avocado pits)
[19:42] Washing pot #2 (avocado pits & Skins)
[21:42] Washing Pot #3 (just avocado skins)
[23:35] Finished dried yarns and conclusions

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Channel: ChemKnits Tutorials
Published: 2018-02-11 13:47:30
Duration: 28M25S
Views: 2657
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April 2018 KnitCrate Unboxing! (KnitCrate Membership Subscription)

I can’t wait to open my new KnitCrate LIVE! http://mbsy.co/lpNQ6 (Affiliate Link) In this livestream, I will unbox the April 2018 KnitCrate Membership box, which is my third package from this yarn subscription. I am so excited to see what is inside!

The KnitCrate Memberships Subscription is only $24.99/month and includes the shipping cost to ANYWHERE in the world. You will get at least 2 skeins of their in house premium yarns PLUS two patterns (1 knitting and 1 crochet). You will have enough yarn to make either one of the patterns. KnitCrate also offers other subscription services at other costs that feature only sock yarn or indie dyers. Visit their website to see what this month’s options are. If the crate you want is sold out, check back at the beginning of the next month when new slots will open up.

Use the coupon code ChemKnits20 to get 20% off of the first month of your first subscription with KnitCrate! http://mbsy.co/lpNQ6 (Affiliate Link) If you like the yarns and patterns that I opened today, don’t wait too long because the Crate will change at the beginning of May!

Disclaimer: KnitCrate is sending me their KnitCrate Membership packages for free and I am now a member of their affiliate program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this video are my own.

Channel: ChemKnits Tutorials
Published: 2018-04-05 20:40:01
Duration: 39M57S
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No Dye Left Behind! Let’s Dye Some Yarn in Leftover Food Coloring

Sometimes you have left over food coloring after a dyeing project. I hate to pour beautiful colors down the drain, so I like to save this leftover dye to use on new yarn. In this video, I dyed two skeins of bare Wool of the Andes worsted weight yarn (100% Peruvian Highland Wool) http://shrsl.com/tlal (Affiliate Link) with in these leftover dyes. Watch as we create some stunning gradient colorways with dip dyeing techniques.

Video Contents
[0:00] Introduction
[1:11] Dip dyeing yarn into left over black food coloring. (the dyebath was ~8 cups of water with 4 T white vinegar mixed in a previous video.)
[2:53] After ~10 min, removing yarn #1 from the pot.
[4:31] Setting up dyebath #2 (had citric acid from the dyes)
[5:16] Dip dyeing yarn #2 part 1… or just after because I forgot to turn on the camera 🙁
[6:19] Dip dyeing yarn #2 in the second color
[8:22] Removing the yarn from the pot.
[9:08] Washing both yarns
[10:11] The finished dried yarns and conclusions

Check out where these leftover dyes came from:
Dip Dyeing a 100% silk scarf in Wilton’s Black food coloring – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY7SX-Kdnrc
Snow Dyeing Sock Blanks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC5fe2q851M

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Channel: ChemKnits Tutorials
Published: 2018-03-09 12:25:17
Duration: 13M6S
Views: 721
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Dyepot Weekly #30 – Low Immersion Dyeing Roving with Jacquard Acid Dyes

I have played around with Jacquard Acid dyes a few times now, but it was time to see what would happen when we attempted to space dye some 100% wool roving http://shrsl.com/qyts with these dyes. (KnitPicks Affiliate Link)

In this video, I took 5 colors of Jacquard acid dyes (Sky Blue, Sun Yellow, Silver Grey, Pink, and Violet) and mixed them together to create a palette of blues, purples, pinks and greens. With a turkey basting syringe, we added the dyes in short sections to the dyepot to see how the colors would spread. Thank you, Marilyn New, for sponsoring this video!

Video Contents:
[0:00] Introduction and presoaking the roving. 6 cups of tap water + 2 T white vinegar
[2:03] Mixing the dyes. We mixed up some of Jacquard Acid dyes in Sky Blue, Pink, Violet, Sun Yellow, and Silver Grey
[9:47] Adding the dyes to the roving
[16:41] 5 min after we finished adding the dyes. Pushing down the fiber a bit to move around some of the dyes.
[18:01] After another 10 min. turn off the heat and let the roving cool down in the pot.
[19:37] Getting ready to wash the fiber
[22:23] The finished dry roving and conclusions

For free knitting patterns and dyeing tutorials visit http://www.chemknits.com

Channel: ChemKnits Tutorials
Published: 2018-01-23 18:30:15
Duration: 25M59S
Views: 1251
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