Novice Yarn Dyeing

I needed Lime Green. Not a color I expected to need much of, but my crochet journey led me to flowers. Of course flowers have leaves that are lime green and myย local craft stores didn’t have any. I did happened upon Lime Green Tulip brand Fabric Dye in the clearance section. Light Bulb!

I have asked the internet if you can dunk a skein of yarn with a cardboard insert straight into the dye, but so far I have not found the answer. I am afraid that the cardboard will disintegrate and eventually cause the whole thing to rot. Better safe, than sorry.

I purchased DNC traditions in white (because that is what they had). The internet said to unwind the skein. I used the wind around the arm to elbow method. I cut six small pieces of yarn to tie at different points along the yarn circle. Supposedly this is supposed to keep it from tangling. More on that later.

I followed the directions on the package.

  1. Fill tub with one gallon steaming hot water.
  2. Stir in 1/4 cup of salt.
  3. Pour in dye packet and stir until dissolved.
  4. Submerge fabric in dye mixture.
  5. Stir continually for 15 minutes, and then occasionally for 45 minutes.
  6. Rinse fabric in cold water. Wash in warm water and let air dry away from direct heat and sunlight.

As you can see the color turned out great.IMG_7856

It took a couple of days for the yarn to fully dry. I thought the winding would be a breeze. Boy was I wrong. It took me more days to have the patience to wind it than it did to dry. The thread did change consistency. It’s piling a little bit more and it’s harder, but all I need it is for leaves that are going to be on display.

Lime Green Vine Leaf (pattern by Leticia LeBron of Flawless Crochet Flowers)


The Next Step

Just because I complain that it took me so long to wind, doesn’t mean I won’t try again. I can’t seem to find any dark pink either. ๐Ÿ™‚



Crocheting in Public

I crochet everywhere, but I never see anyone else doing it. Where are my fellow hookers? The moment I sit down (or even lean against a wall) I pull out the hook. I originally wanted to learn how to knit, but I quickly realized that I was not going to be able to carry those long needles around for my own safety. The convenience of the crochet hook has really been my downfall. I now carry two bags wherever I go.

I have yet to see anyone ever crocheting in public (nor knitting). Why? Am I the only one that has nothing to do? I don’t get very many comments either. I am ok with that. I just don’t know why I don’t see anyone else doing it.

I even got caught by a photographer crocheting while holding a spot for a parade. I was a bit mortified.

Little kids are usually the ones most interested. They will stand and watch for a little bit. I once had a little girl watch then go around the corner. I heard her tell her dad that what I was doing was beautiful. He then made her come back and tell me herself. It was very nice.

Yesterday I was crocheting at the pool because I am not a member of the polar bear club.  A little boy just stopped and stared. His mom came up and pushed him along. I looked up and I saw the mom looking down at me with THE LOOK with a slight lip curl. I couldn’t believe it. She looked absolutely disgusted at what I was doing. I am not one of those mom’s that enjoys going talking to other moms, so normally I am not one of the “in” crown. But to see such a look of disdain was heartbreaking. I kept right on doing what I was doing, and I will do it again. I just didn’t realize how uncool it is to do something other than stare at a phone screen.