Kettle Dyeing Yarn Tutorial

I have been scheming on trying some dyeing on some handspun yarn. This guide seemed really straight forward. Hopefully I will get to try it soon.

Learning how to kettle dye yarn can be overwhelming first.  In this tutorial, I hope that I have simplified the process enough so that anyone can dye yarn in the comfort of their own kitchen.   Please know that dyeing yarn does take a little practice.  I highly recommend buying some cheap (100% wool) yarn to practice on.  Knitpicks.com offers an affordable variety of yarn weights that you can purchase.  Feel free to email me (fiberfervor@gmail.com) with any questions you may have.  While I am not a pro yarn dyer, I have dyed many skeins of yarn.  Some good, some not so good and some great!  I really do feel that kettle dyeing yarn (esp. variegated) is sort of a crap shoot.  However, the more experience you have, the more you know what not to do.  Good luck and happy dyeing!

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Niddy Noddies Are Super Fun!

I got a niddy noddy since spinning. In case you don’t know what this silly looking thing is, it is called a niddy noddy which is used for winding skeins of yarn in measurable lengths so it is easy to store and easy to figure out how many yards you made.

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Not only is it useful but it is really fun too!

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The skeins come out pretty well too!

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Failure Dinner

Tonight I thought I would make a mushroom and spinach alfredo sauce with pasta. I chopped up some onion, mushrooms, and spinach and sauteed them in butter while putting some water boiling. By the time my spaghetti was cooked the milk I mixed in with the sauteed vegetables was simmering. I mixed in some Parmesan cheese but sadly the pan was too hot and the sauce curdled. I was really sad after all the work and ingredients I put in the dish into this dish.  I didn’t want to throw it away but I really didn’t want to eat curdled sauce either; the cheese was all clumped together in yellow tinged clear liquid.

My solution was to mix in a couple cups of cheddar cheese, sprinkle some bread crumbs on top, and throw it in the oven. I went from spinach and mushroom alfredo sauce into spinach and mushroom mac (well spaghetti) and cheese. It didn’t come out half bad!

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