Yarn dyeing is a terrific way to get more bang for your buck when you’re watching your knitting budget. The biggest benefit to hand-dyeing yarn is that you can get white, 100% natural fiber yarn at low costs (at your local yarn shop, at a craft store, or online) and then create whatever colors you want or need. It’s also a lot of fun! It adds another layer of creativity to your knitting projects, another way to inject a bit of yourself into your craft. Frugal and fun is always a great combination. Many handpainted yarns — some of the most beautiful around — are often extremely expensive. If you have ever thought you could never afford handpainted yarn, think again. You can do it yourself! The following are a series of tutorials, tips, and valuable information that you can use to try your very own hand at yarn dyeing. Tutorials, Tips, and Information about Yarn Dyeing Selecting the Right Dye for Your Fiber: All yarn dye falls into one of five categories. This Lion Brand blog post explains these categories, and which ones are right for the kind of yarn you would like to dye. Making Natural Dyes from Plants: You can’t get much more frugal than making dyes from plants found in your own back (or front) yard! This exceptional link describes how to make dyes from plants, and it offers a comprehensive list of the kinds of natural material that can be used to make every color in the spectrum. (You can even make dye from coffee or tea!) Get Noticed: Try Dyeing Yarn of Your Own: We just had to add an article from this website. Here you’ll learn how you can dye yarn very easily using Kool-Aid! How to Hand Paint Yarn and How to Dye Yarn: Handpainting: The following are two yarn handpainting tutorials. The first is a written checklist followed by a video; the second is a step-by-step written set of instructions accompanied by photos. Use whichever format is the easiest for you to understand. Armed with these tutorials and information, you can be on your way to creating your very own beautiful yarn through the magic of yarn dyeing!