Yarn Dyeing with a Pro

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Doesn’t this yarn look delicious? And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Today my GR Press art & craft column is about Rita Petteys’ Yarn Hollow yarn business. I had a great time visiting her studio where all the color magic happens. She let me try my hand at dyeing and this the lovely sock yarn I dyed under her supervision:

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Rita doesn’t dye yarn with Kool-Aid, but she inspired me to go home and give that a try. I’ve decided that I’m going to leave the professional yarn dyeing to talented people like Rita, but I still want to dye some of the boring wool I have stashed in my basement without investing in commerical dyes I don’t know how to use. Rita suggested Kool-Aid dyeing, so I did some research and gave it a whirl. Kool-Aid dyeing turned out to be perfect for me because it smells great and is non-toxic so Abby and Amelia can help out. Bonus!

Here is my Kool-Aid dyed wool:

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I painted the big skein and Abby and I cooked the little skeins in glass pots of Kool-Aid in the microwave. If you want to try it, download a pdf of some basic instructions I wrote for basic Kool-Aid dyeing. It’s fun, so enjoy!

I’ll be posting this week’s episode of CraftSanity later today.

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