I think we may have a new addiction - at least it's knitting related!
On Saturday I headed over to Miyon's to play with Kool-aid yarn dyeing. It was so much fun!
I had with me two hanks of KnitPick's dyeable Wool of the Andes to experiment with.
First off, washing was needed:
Then the table needed prep'ing:
Then to the dyeing! The first hank was dyed with Berry Blue, Artic Green Apple, Grape and Lemon Lime. I did not mix any colors, just dyed 'em straight:
After wrapping in plastic wrap, we were off to the microwave:
After five minutes of cooking, and a bit of washing...
Pretty. I really liked the purple (grape) and how the purple and lemon-lime ran together to create an olive-y color. For my tastes, the blue needed some toning down. Time to mix colors!!
On the second hank I used two packets of Grape, and mixed a full packet of Berry Blue with a little bit of Grape:
And ended up with:
The blue turned out beautifully! It's hard to tell from the picture, but the blue is variegated! I can't wait to swatch it up! I think this will work perfectly for a project I've had in mind for awhile. (Remember the Twisted Float Shrug on the cover of Vogue Knitting in the fall? This just might be a good substitute to the Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted at five times less the cost :) I will be swatching first though, just to make sure it will work out. I'm thinking that a solid charcoal gray contrast will be perfect - which is great because I have some wool in that color to use in the swatching!)
Miyon and I had soOOoo much fun, we're thinking of expanding - warping board, stronger dye - the possibilities are endless!