I finally got the courage to try dyeing and it was fun! I kind of combined the tutorial on this page with the tutorial for the crockpot method in the new knitty. Since we are packing for moving there were minimal supplies; no crockpots were in the house, we barely have any big bowls, and there was nary a glove to be found. That didn't stop me though, because I'm a craftyminx and we use our resources!
Yes I should have been knitting on one of my three UFO's but I needed to be creative and there was leftover laceweight from Bri's shawl beckoning me.
I'll try to do a summary of what I did to combine these two methods.
While that soaked I mixed up my dye. I poured about a half a cup of water into a mug and microwaved it to boiling. I mixed about 14 oz of hot tap water with a few more tablespoons of vinegar and divided that between two glasses. Then, I put 1/4 Tbsp. of leaf green wilton dye into the boiling water and stirred until it dissolved. I poured that into one of the two glasses. I rinsed out the mug and 1/4 tsp. and repeated this process with the teal wilton dye. I let this set to cool for a bit so it would be about the same temp as the yarn (I used a candy thermometer).
Then, I squeezed out all the water from the yarn and poured the leftover water into a pitcher.
I put the yarn into a pyrex dish with a lid and just willy nilly poured the dyes over it. This is where I made my mistake or "design feature" ( I threw out some teal dye that I thought I didn't need!). I had used all of the green and half of the teal and thought I had covered all the yarn. I was wrong, but I didn't notice until the end.
(I'm apparently in a green mood this month. haha)
Once I poured in all my dye, I filled up the rest of the bowl with the leftover soak water until my yarn was covered.
I put on the lid and microwaved it for 2 minutes and then took it out for 2 minutes (like the tutorial said) a total of 5 times until my water was clear.
I let it set for a little bit. Then I poured off all the water and drained it with my tongs.
Once it drained and cooled for two minutes or so I was able to squeeze out water from top to bottom with my hands. I wouldn't recommend this though, for some reason my hands are unusually manly and burning hot water doesn't hurt them. I believe its all that time I worked as a short order cook for my dad's diner, they're just used to the heat. I was going to use the spin cycle on the washer, but there were clothes in there.
Like I said there were some spots that didn't get any dye. But I do like it and now know that I can keep that left over dye and pour it in when I notice some white spots still in the pot. I can't wait to see it all balled up and then knitted up!
All in all it was a very good experience and I can't wait to do it again!