Much like tie-dying a cotton t-shirt, the process was fairly simple. I got to work unwinding my skeins of KnitPicks Simply Organic Cotton (is it weird that I tie-dyed organic cotton? lol) and rewound them into hanks, tying them off with acrylic yarn at various places to keep the hank from getting tangled. I bought my tie-dye kit from Hobby Lobby and got to work.
I wound the yarn on my quilt rack since I didn't have any chair backs that would work. This actually ended up working quite well. I just had to remember to wind the yarn loose enough I could pull it off the rack.
After drying, my yarn was a bit tangled in the hank, but nothing horrible. I rewound the yarn into hanks and sat back to observe my handiwork.
- Save the bottles the dye came in. The next time I dye, I may want to mix colors, having these extra squirt bottles on hand will be extra helpful!
- Have plenty of yarn on hand to dye. Although you may know how to preserve the dye, I have no idea and the box says the intensity starts to wear off after 48 hours. I could have dyed 2 more skeins of cotton!
- Adding water to the dye solution will change the color intensity. It helps to dye the dark portions first, followed by the light portions. For example, I started with deep red, but had a light red/pink by the time I was finished. It gives the yarn a nice blended appearance.
- The towel you use for squeezing out remaining water post-dye should be one you don't mind getting colored. Even though I had rinsed out the extra dye, if the yarn sat on the towel while wet, some of the dye bled. Another option for removing excess water would be to put the yarn in the washer on spin cycle. The tie-dye directions said to wash the dyed object, but I just rinsed.
- You can hang dry your yarn, or put it in the dryer. Since it's cotton, it doesn't felt. And my yarn came out nice and fluffly. :)
- The finished colors were lighter when all was said in done, but the colors are still saturated and beautiful.