Baa, Baa Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool?

To quote my husband, it “smells like I’m boiling a whole sheep.” Those were his words when he lifted the lid on the slow cooker. No, that’s not dinner gone horribly wrong, it’s my dyeing adventure part deux!

So, what do you get when you take this

plus this?

You get this!

I am using some Jarbo Garn Gastrike 1tr and some Wilton’s food coloring in the slow cooker like I did on the previous dyeing adventure. In this picture, the dye is about halfway exhausted. It’s hard to tell because the dye stains the liners. Other than that minor inconvenience, they are a huge time-saver. (I just wiggle the slow cooker a bit to see the water slosh onto the non-dyed part of the liner to see if the water is clear or not.)

Speaking of the previous dyeing adventure… That is now dry and ready to be re-skeined. But, I was feeling lazy and did not get out the swift tonight. So here it is, in all of it’s un-re-skeined glory. I give you… SHERBET!

(Sherbet is the name my husband came up with as I twisted it.)

I have some more lace weight in the stash to be dyed. I think purple will be next. This whole dyeing thing has got me all excited. It’s fun because you never know what you’ll end up with. It’s like a magical colored surprise that I cook in my kitchen. Um, yeah… Enough of that.

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Help Me, I’m Dyeing!

I’m so pun-y, someone should stop me.

I just wanted to give a quick update on the dyeing going on at our house. I have successfully dyed a skein of wool!  WOO!!! I was worried. I have a habit of not paying enough attention or not reading the directions fully or just being too darn impatient! This time, none of those things hurt my results. The wool did not felt, the color does not look like crap, and I did not destroy anything in my kitchen. All in all, a great success.

I used the dyeing tutorial from Knitty. You can find it here. Because I am starting to fall asleep a little, (Ambien is wonderful), I will make this brief and picture heavy.

I used Patons Classic Wool for this first attempt. Wilton’s food dye in red and yellow.

Step 1: I re-skeined it into a big skein. You can see my helper there in the background.



Step 2: Soaked it overnight in a vinegar/water solution (sorry, no pictures of yarn spaghetti).

Step 3: Added the color and cooked in the slow cooker until the water was clear. It took a couple of hours and I had to turn the heat down because it was starting to boil. Otherwise, piece ‘o cake.


Step 4: Rinse it and hang to dry.


Step 5: Enjoy. (We’ll get to this step later, when the yarn is completely dry…)

Also, I’ve been painting. I give you my four creations. Look at your own risk…

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