Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kool Aid - It's Not Just A Drink

A few weeks ago I bought some plain white sock yarn from Knit Picks
I hadn't dyed any yarn in a while and I was getting the itch to do it.  I didn't feel like digging out all my dyes so I picked up some Kool Aide at the grocery store.  For some reason I have been into orange lately - don't ask me why.  The first thing (after tying a few extra strands of yarn around the skein for tangle-free security) was soak it in water and vinegar.
I only left it in there for about 30 minutes. Then I put it into a big glass jar along with a couple of packets of orange Kool Aide.
Then I put it on the deck to sit in the sun.
I wasn't sure how long it would take for the dye to soak in.  I know last time I had done this with acid dyes it took a couple of days.

However the next morning I found this.
Clear water!  Meaning all the color was soaked in (exhausted) and it was finished.  I rinsed it in cold water and soaked it in some Kookaburra Soak.  
And now we have orange yarn.  The color didn't take evenly (which is what I was hoping for) but that's OK. I wanted a "tonal" sort of look.  And that's what it should look like when it's knit up.  I'm planning on casting on another Brickless.  But first I have to get one of the other two shawls off my needles.  I seem to have a shawl and sock issue these days.  

5 comments:

Jen Precourt said...

Easy peasy!! I have some yarn & Easter egg dye tablets I want to use. Ree keeps wanting to help but we haven't gotten around to it yet!

fjord girl said...

Good stuff- it looks so fun.

Kim Corrigan-Oliver said...

How awesome is that! Love the colour.

calicokitty6 said...

Love the orange. It's going to knit up nice.
I've got yarn to dye for Brickless too. I just can't make up my mind what colors I want to use. I also still need to buy the pattern. lol

karen said...

sock and shawl issues are the best issues. Love the color and I agree that tonal dyeing is fantastic to knit with.

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