For a pretty consistent color, follow these directions for dyeing your Drunk Yarn Kit:
1. You’ll need a pot, a spoon and a bowl that you don’t normally use for cooking (Our dye kits contain Greener Shades dye powder, which does not contain heavy metals, but it’s better to keep dye away from your cooking pots).
2. Inside your kit you’ll find: A skein of 100% US grown and spun Superwash Merino yarn, a little packet of gelatin capsules that contain dye powder and food grade citric acid. Both of the bags are compostable, so please compost once you are finished with them!
NOTE: The gelatin is naturally sticky, and so is the citric acid. For a less sticky dyeing experience, don’t use the citric acid capsules (white) and use ¼ cup of white Vinegar instead!
3. Half-fill your bowl with warm water. Untwist your skein, and lower it into the warm water. At this point, you can go pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage! The yarn should soak for about 15 min. More is fine.
4. Now, fill your pot about three quarters of the way full. Then, take your capsules, and drop them into the pot. Bring the water and capsules to a simmer, and stir until fully dissolved.
5. When the dye bath is fully dissolved, take the yarn out of the warm water, squeeze out excess water, and lower the skein into the dye bath. In this demonstration, we are dyeing a Worsted Weight kit in the ‘Darjeeling’ colorway, using white vinegar instead of the citric acid.
6. As the yarn simmers (do not boil), stir very gently to allow dye to evenly coat the yarn. Don’t over-stir… you will tangle your yarn! The water will get clearer and clearer.
7. Once your dye bath is very light or clear (it’s OK if it’s not perfectly clear), pour out as much of the hot dye bath as you can without losing your skein down the drain! Then, dump it in the soak water to cool. This will help set the dye, and keep you from burning your hands.
8. Once the yarn has cooled, squeeze out, and rinse in cool water if necessary to remove any extra dye. Then hang to dry!