UA-59651954-28 Crafty Allie: Dyeing Old Baby Yarn

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dyeing Old Baby Yarn


Are you like me, hoarding old baby yarn? 
Remember how popular it was less than only 10 years ago?
It was soft, thin, and there was a great mixture of baby pastels all rolled into one ball of yarn!


If you're like me you just couldn't bear to part with it, because one day it will make a come back, or one day you'll find some use for it.
Yarn is expensive, I always over buy and 50% of the the time I start a project and don't finish it.
I had all intentions, but sigh, my children came along, and took over my life (in the most pleasant way of course).

Well, the time has come; 
let's put that old yarn to use!


First things first, I got out two 16 ounce mason jars and filled them with 2 cups of water and heated it in the microwave for 3 minutes
 (one jar at a time).
Then I made a wine colored batch and a blue and tan colored batch.
I put two cap fulls of wine in one jar, and one cap of blue/one cap full of tan in the other jar.

Then I added a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of vinegar into each jar. That is supposed to hold the color better.

Then stir with skewers.
 

Then I put a bunch of yellow baby yarn into the wine colored jar, and pastel colored baby yarn into the other.

I let them both sit for 24 hours.



Thoroughly rinse it with hot water, until you no longer see the dye coming out.

And for whatever reason the wine color, turned out perfect. But the blue/tan color turned out blah.
It didn't hold the color barely at all.

I love the wine color, it reminds me of Christmas twine. Which makes me want to try green next time. Maybe if I use the same exact yellow yarn it will turn the color green.
Its worth a shot!

Thanks so much for tuning in!
See ya tomorrow for 
Worthwhile Wednesdays,








9 comments:

  1. This is awesome ! I want to try this now!!

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  2. How bizzare - I wonder if the yarn that didn't hold the dye well had a higher polyester content?

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    1. I don't know, maybe its because I mixed two different colors together. I still want to try that yarn again.

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  3. That's a great idea to use old yarn. I inherited tons of yarn from my great grandmother that could use this trick. Thanks for sharing with the Merry Monday Linky party. Hope you can make it again next week.

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    1. Oh yes for sure do it. I hate throwing away yarn. And I find myself buying old ugly yarn at yard sales, because I think one day I'll do something with it. But now I will, even if I have to dye it first!

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  4. A great idea. I've dyed jeans, curtains, and other things but never yarn. I have to tell my auntie about this. She will has tons of yarn and will love this. I found you on

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  5. This is so cool! Pinned. Lou Lou Girls

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  6. I love the idea of dying baby yarn! I have some that I will probably never use, so this is a great way to change it up. Thanks for joining us for Hump Day Happenings!

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