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 my 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.
- Fill tub with one gallon steaming hot water.
- Stir in 1/4 cup of salt.
- Pour in dye packet and stir until dissolved.
- Submerge fabric in dye mixture.
- Stir continually for 15 minutes, and then occasionally for 45 minutes.
- 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.
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.
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. 🙂