Thursday, 13 September 2012

Dyeing with teabags!

I dyed some yarn!! With teabags!! As you can see it sent the cream Cygnet DK yarn a lovely coppery colour. I'm really pleased with it :) Word of warning though. If you do a test batch, make sure you do it with the yarn you intend to dye! I did a very small test batch using the Excelana 4ply, and it came out a very lovely autumn yellow. As you can see, the Cygnet came out far from a yellow! Luckily, I love this just as much as I love the yellow. Just be aware that it might not come out the same colour on a different yarn. 
I followed this tutorial. My test batch came out a similar colour to hers. The great thing about dyeing with food stuffs is that it's safe for your pans! The tea stained my pan slightly, but it came straight off with some magic eraser :)
I've dyed a second skein and intend to dye two more. It should be enough to knit the Peaks Island Hood from Whimsical Little Knits 2 :)
Ashley x


  1. Oooh, that colour is gorgeous. Any idea how colour fast (or otherwise) it's going to be?

    1. I think it's pretty colour fast, as I washed it with dish soap until the water ran clear and then soaked it for 10 minutes with some wool wash to soften it. I suppose only time will tell :) I'll be washing it again when blocking the scarf, so we'll see how much colour runs then :)

  2. oohh what a great idea!! I love natural dying techniques! Thanks for sharing :).


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