Friday, January 19, 2018

Dyeing Yarn with Sprinkles

The whole Dyepot Weekly experience is giving me an opportunity to explore and experiment with less conventional materials for dyeing yarn.  One of my favorite new techniques is dyeing yarn with sprinkles.

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Sprinkles are not a conventional dye source.  They contain sugar and ingredients beyond the food coloring that make them brightly colored.  However, if you've ever eaten Funfetti cake, you know that these sprinkles dissolve to bring you bright pops of color inside the cake, so what would they be able to do with yarn?

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I was really excited to find out.  I presoaked some 100% wool yarn, Wool of the Andes Worsted Bare from KnitPicks (Affiliate Link), with some vinegar and the liberally sprinkled on some nonpareils sprinkles.  I picked the most vibrant colored ones I could fine and crossed my fingers that they would transfer their color to the yarn.  

The experiment was a complete success!  I have now played with this technique a number of times (and I can't wait to show you more about those in future posts) but for now, I hope that you'll enjoy watching the first time I tried dyeing yarn with sprinkles.