21 June 2005

Dyeing for Summer

During my parents' visit last week, my Mom and I made our first attempt at Kool-Aid dyeing yarn. The yarn was Knit Picks' natural Wool of the Andes, a steal at $2.99 per 100 gram hank. We used two methods to dye. One hank we painted in three colors and then microwaved. The other three hanks were each put in a gallon size baggie with some water, 3 packets of Kool-Aid, and a glug of vinegar. We then set the baggies outside in the hot sun for several hours.

Were were quite pleased with the results. Now I just have to decide what to do with it!

This is painted yarn, waiting to be microwaved. The colors are Blue Raspberry Lemonade, Lemon-Lime, and Lemon.

Here are some of the yarns, baking in the sun. It was in the mid 90's that day, plenty hot to fix the dyes.

Here are the solid yarns. From right to left, they are Switchin' Secret, Strawberry-Kiwi, and Grape.

And this is the variegated yarn.