Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I...I just dyed in your arms tonight.

I've been listening to a little 80's on 8.  You'll have to excuse me.

In the search for matchy-matchy clothes for family photos, I was never able to come up with a yellow sweater for Cora.  I could have knit or crocheted one, but it would have taken years at the rate that I knit.  I've had luck dyeing clothing in the past, so I decided to give it another go.

I bought some liquid Rit Dye from the laundry section of Meijer.  The Rit website has tons of custom colors telling you which colors to mix to achieve the one you want.  I've always dyed directly in my washing machine, but our new washer is weird and I couldn't figure it out.

I started with Cora's white sweater and a white cotton jacket that I've had for years and hadn't worn since having kids.  For obvious reasons.

I put these on my kitchen scale (I went through an Alton Brown stage) to see how much they weighed.  The weight of your fabric will determine how much dye you need to use.  Mine was just under a pound and the instructions I used were for 1 lb. of fabric.  

I put on gloves and shook the dickens out of the dye.  I used a bucket lined with a trash bag (I don't know what used to be in that bucket) and added hot water and the dye.

The instructions say to keep it constantly moving for 30 minutes.  In this picture, you'll see that the gloves were pointless as I was mixing it with my hand.  Next time I'll wear longer gloves or stir it with a stick.  The color here looks really vibrant, but I lost some of that vibrancy when I rinsed and dried it.  If in doubt, go for a darker dye to allow for fading/rinsing.

All done!

To finish Cora's sweater, I cut the flower off of the front and crocheted a simple purple flower to put in the same spot.  

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