If you want a good tutorial on ripping up jumpers for yarn, see here. She explains it way better than i could so i won't even try to tute.
- A Bucket
- White Vinegar (lots)
- Food Colouring of your choice
- Cling Film
Leave to soak for at least an hour, over night if you can wait that long. After soaking, lift out the skein and squeeze out the vinegary water. If your yarn is superwash you don't need to worry too much about felting, but if you have new yarn that says to handwash only or your yarn is from a jumper that tells you to handwash only, be very careful not to agitate the yarn too much, you don't want it to felt and leave you with a lump of yarn you can no longer separate. So squeeze (don't wring) until damp.
Lay out a load of cling film in a circle and lay your damp yarn on top
And two sections black...
Trust me, there were separate colours.
Then i wrapped the whole lot up in a yarn sausage encased in cling film and transferred to my steamer. Now. My steamer is pretty rubbish, so unfortunately placing the yarn sausage in the bottom basket was not ideal because the bubbling water spilled into my sausage and diluted the black dye. This left me with a dye job i was unhappy with, so rather than spend time trying to love the crappy look of the faded black, i decided to just re-dye it violet some more. So i repeated the process again, steaming for an hour this time in the second tier of the steamer. Alternatively, wrap your sausage and whack it in a microwaveable dish on high for 15 secs. Remove it and allow to cool. Blast it for another 15 secs. Repeat once more.
After steaming i took the basket off the heat and left it to cool. Don't run cold water on anything. There is more felting misery to be had by running cold water on hot yarn. When the sausage is cold enough, remove the cling film and rinse in a little cold water. Squeeze the yarn (don't wring!) and hang it somewhere away from cats, kids & dogs to dry.
Once your yarn is dry, twist it into a twisted skein, stand back and admire. Maybe you can even shout "I made that!"
So i'm not 100% overjoyed with the effect i got, but i blame it on the somewhat damaged yarn, the original blue colour and the rubbishness of the steamer. However, tonight i have new, clean white yarn soaking in vinegar ready to be sacrificed for the greater dyeing good. More later this week.