November 19, 2006

When that happens, just think of baseball

So I stumbled across the Knit Picks dye-your-own yarn page today, and I'm having those naughty feelings again.

The yarn seems improbably cheap - $3.50 for a 440 yard hank of undyed fingering weight. Throw in an acid dye pot or two and you have 440 yards of custom-dyed yarn in the color of your choice for less than $12, significantly less if you skip the professional dyes and just use Kool-Aid.

Has anyone tried it? How's the yarn? Does the color hold? Is there anything I need to know before I succumb to the delicious Burnt Orange and Fire Red colorways?

And their regular yarn seems awfully cheap too. I've been buying Lorna's, which is significantly (in fact hugely) more expensive. Is the Knit Picks ok?

Please note, I'm really hoping to hear "it's utter crap and you shouldn't buy any of it" because, really, I'm on a yarn diet and all and "thinking of sports" isn't making the naughty feelings go away. Work with me.


Kristy said...

I read Affinknitty's post about Kool Aid dyeing the Knit Picks yarn. Here and here

I haven't tried it myself, but I want to at some point!

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm..... You've got some problems there, kiddo.

Deborah said...

I just got some of the Knit Picks dye your own sock yarn and it's incredibly soft. I haven't dyed it or knitted it up, but love the way it feels. I've also Kool Aid dyed before and haven't had a problem with the colors taking. It's actually loads of fun, and I can't wait to dye up my sock yarn...Guess I'm really no help at all....