On friday night, I used RIT dye for the first time. I had a white shirt (that was my favorite shirt ever when I bought it) that got stained the first time I wore it. How did it get stained you ask? Ummm, I forgot I was wearing my new favorite shirt, and I held a bunch of veggies cut straight from my nonna’s garden up against my body. Cucumber juice (the slime that leaks from the stalk when you cut it) left a daringly noticeable stain that would NOT come off.
So I decided, if I couldn’t wear it white, I could atleast wear it another color, which brings us back to the RIT dying experience. I chose yellow (specifically goldenrod) dye, made sure to put a cup of salt in with the mix so the color would be bright. I was so excited to use RIT dye for the first time, I totally forgot to take a before picture, but while using a stick to mix the shirt in the dye, I remembered photographic evidence might be necessary. So I snapped this photo:
Just as evidence that I truly did actually dye the shirt myself. Anyways, I’m not going to go through a step-by-step for this, because all I did was follow the box’s instructions. Except for the part where it says to stir constantly for 20-30 minutes. I would’ve been very bored sitting in Jon’s basement, stirring a shirt in some dye around. I lasted 5 minutes before I decided if the dye was darker in some places maybe the shirt would be cooler, and left it. One half of an hour later, I rinsed it out in the sink, threw it in the washing machine,then dryer and got a sweet perfectly dyed yellow shirt.
So you can still see the stain if you look for it, but I decided I’ll wear it anyway. What do you think of my newly yellow shirt? I’m obsessed with it as well as RIT dye.
I spoke with my grandma to tell her what I did. (She likes to hear about my crafty and cookish adventures. Before I could get the words out she said, “oh did you use, R-I-T RIT dye?” I was shocked was she clairvoyant. Nope turns out the stuff has been around FOREVER, and her and her friends used to dye everything; “Even if we already liked the color, we just dyed it again for fun.” I
kind of, really like, love that I did something my 80 something year old grandma used to do with her friends, pretty snazzy.
In other news, did you know Michael’s sells RIT dye? Just be careful that you use cash to purchase it, as some computer hackers stole people’s credit info at many Michael’s across the country…
Have you ever used RIT dye? Have you ever dyed something using a ombre effect? I would like to try this sometime soon…