I think I will call this colourway Moorland Heather…
I dyed this yarn using Wiltons gel food colour.
We also dyed this. This is Drops Lima – I thought I could get my partner involved – allowing me to try 2 different methods using the same base ingredients!
We started by soaking the yarn in luke warm water then submerging it in a light dyebath (which consists of water, food dye and a liberal glug or 10 of vinegar).
We soaked the chunky wool in a dyebath on the hob.
We soaked the lima yarn in a dyebath in the slow cooker.
Once they had soaked up all of the dyel we took them out and pressed out any excess liquid. We made up a couple of little pots of dye using the wiltons food colouring.
This is where the process changed a little for the 2 yarns.
For the wool yarn, we laid it out on a sheet of cling film and dropped the dye directly onto the yarn.
We then wrapped it up into a parcel and placed it into a steamer basket and steamed it for around 45 minutes.
For the lima yarn, we drained the water from the slow cooker then added just enough water and vinegar to cover the yarn. We then used a pippet to apply small amounts of dye all over. Once more, we let it sit with the lid on until the liquid in the dyebath ran clear.
Then all that was left to do was rinse and lay out to dry.
Pros: As with the turmeric a big benefit to this method is how food safe it is! I only have a very small kitchen so I dont have the space for extra pans and utensils just for dying. Another pro is that there is no horrible smell left on the yarn after.
Cons: There arent too many cons to this method. The only one that I can really think of is how badly it stains your skin and your surfaces if you arent careful! Also, you may be able to see in the picture that my moorlandy yarn has a little bit of dark blue in it. I did not use blue dye. This is actually the black dye – so I guess if you wanted black, this wouldnt be the dying oprion for you.