Playing Around in the Kitchen

Cooking is hands down one of my favorite activities. Not only is it meditative but also creative–I love discovering new recipes on Pinterest or throwing together whatever I have in my fridge to concoct a delicious meal.

I’m also a huge fan of multipurpose ingredients. For example, coconut oil isn’t merely a healthy alternative to butter, it also works as a great moisturizer and skin protectant! As a 20-something on a budget, maximizing products for all they’re worth is definitely something I strive to do.


Tanis Gray demonstrates how to dye yarn using common household ingredients in her new video Kitchen Dyeing.

So naturally, when our friends at Knitting Daily released a video called Kitchen Dyeing, I was intrigued. Using undyed Lorna’s Laces yarn and a few common ingredients most of us already have in our cupboards, artist Tanis Gray cleverly demonstrates how to dye yarn with ingredients right from your kitchen. Just imagine: you can use turmeric to create a one-of-a-kind yarn for your next knitting or crochet project AND use it to season your favorite dish. How delicious!


Colors so delicious you could eat ’em!

Of course, I’ve just scratched the surface of this whole procedure, but Tanis thoroughly explains the entire yarn-dyeing process, from how to make your own mordant to combining different ingredients to create your own custom hue. Fun stuff!

If you want to follow Tanis’s lead, we’re offering a limited number of kits that include both the video and a skein of undyed Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn. What’s great about this yarn is that it features extra ties to keep it from tangling during the dyeing process, as well as a blank label to attach after dyeing is complete. You can use this label to name your new creation and detail which ingredients you used during the dyeing process so you can remember for next time.

Even if cooking isn’t really your thing, this video is guaranteed to get you excited about spending some time in your kitchen. Not only will you become more familiar with the yarn dyeing process, but you’ll also end up with a beautiful custom bit of yarn to treasure for your next project.

Happy Dyeing!