Saturday, May 06, 2006

I JUST WANNA "DYE"!

....Yarn, that is!!! And I did and had a alot of fun doing it cause it really was easy and quick. This is the first time I've done this but I think my little tutorial may entice you to try your hand at it.
First, this is a pic of newly untangled Knit Pick yarn...you know, the one that took me two hours to untangle?
I tied off sections with some cotton yarn to be sure I didn't have another mess.
Then I soaked the yarn in a bowl of warm water and a glug of vinegar...and that' exactly how the instructions said to do it...."Glug"! (mmm....for some reason I feel like spaghettti for dinner)
Next I got my kool aid ready using lemonade, orange, and cherry watermelon. Next time I think I'll go for a little more difference in colors....they did tend to run into each other more than I thought.
The amount is one package to 1/4 cup of warm water...I ended up using 5 packages of each. Then I donned my handy-dandy plastic glove so I wouldn't have kool aid colored hands.
Sorta stupid for a person who is pretty much letting herself be covered in paint from painting the Kitchen.
Then the fun began. I used a baster for the application of kool aid but the instructions said you can use anything from a sponge brush to whatever!
Then it was ready for 2 minutes on high in the microwave...rest 2 minutes...then 2 more minutes.
It was pretty warm when it came out so I let it cool a bit on my porch outside.
I rinsed it in the temperature of water that it was at the time after being cooled till the water ran clear then hung it outside to dry for the afternoon.
Here is a closeup of the yarn hanging. I sorta moved it every so often as it was hanging thinking it may dry faster and it did.
So that's it. Not too bad for a first try. Now I think I'm gonna make me some socks with it. The more I do sock knitting the easier it's becoming....I really like it. And making a sock with yarn I dyed myself will be really cool. Let's see....maybe I could get me some sheep in my back yard.....spin my own wool.....mmmmm! Okay, okay....till tomorrow....and a sneak peek at my next attempt at sock knitting....take care ya'll!

6 Comments:

sydney said...

Oh, nice colors. I like the way it turned out.

Brandy said...

That turned out really nice. I like the color. Now I need to see if I can find yarn to dye. We dont have that around here. Geez I almost feel like I live in the middle of no where.LOL...

Dipsy D. said...

Hi from Austria! Wow, such a great dyeing job you did - I loved your step-by-step photos, and the end result is absolutely amazing! Looking forward to see what you're gonna make with it, this yarn is going to rock once it's knitted up!

Courtney said...

You are Lucy not a Mary! I can see it now Lucy had a little Lamb its fleece was white as snow! Well Kool Aide colors! LOL! Love ya! The colors are cool!

melissa said...

I think the yarn looks gorgeous!! Great job on dying.

Sue said...

Oh how fun! It came out great!