Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Overdyeing Roving Previous Dyed with KoolAid

Sometimes I love the way yarn I dye turns out... and other times it isn't quite what I want for a project.  When I snow dyed roving with KoolAid I got really fun greens blue and purples on my roving, but there was a little too much blank undyed fiber for my taste.


I don't know how I want to spin up this fiber yet, but I would like it to have more color in it.  Plus, this is an opportunity to demonstrate overdyeing fiber when you don't like the results the first time around.  This can show how colorfast the original colors are because they don't bleed or disappear during the "cooking" process.  

I created a blue dye bath with blue food coloring and vinegar and overdyed my braided roving.

Video Contents

  • [0:00] Introduction 
  • [1:14] Setting up the dyebath and adding the roving 
  • [4:08] At a simmer, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 min 
  • [4:42] Washing the overdyed roving 
  • [5:50] Finished Dyed Fiber

The braid picked up a lot more blue which brightened the purples and greens and removed a lot of the gray space.  Plus, dyeing it in a braid resulted in some really fun mottling.  There are still some undyed spots and we have even more variation of color.  I know this will look really cool when I get the chance to spin it up. 

What do you think I should make out of this fiber?  Hand dyed roving has so much potential because I can decide how to spin it AND then what to knit out of it. I have 100 g and since I need to spin it first the possibilities are endless.   Let me know your thoughts in the comments!