Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dyeing Yarn: Day II and the Finished Yarn!

I've finally gotten around to blogging about my finished yarn! It's divine, and I love the process. Next time I think I want to try hand-painting it, but I really liked the ice cube method.

After the ice cubes froze and I soaked my wool (smelly!) I laid the yarn in a Pyrex dish and arranged the cubes so there wouldn't be two reds right next to each other.

5. Ice cubes in!
Domo helped.

Here they are in the dish:

6. All the cubes, about to go in the sunlight.

Hearts and bunnies!

I only had to leave them out there for about an hour before they melted.

7. Melted cubes!
OoOoO pretty!

Then I had to cover it with plastic wrap and microwave it so the dye would set. The resulting steam made a funny bubble.

8. Steam bubble

Then I rinsed it twice, once just in water and again using Eucalan, and let it dry. Then I made a Kool-Aid cake!

9. Finished yarn!

9. Finished yarn!

9. Finished yarn!

9. Finished yarn!

Yay! I love it! I like how there's still spots of white in there. I started knitting a cowl, but I think I'm going to make a hat instead. Here's what a few rows of it looks knit up:

9. Finished yarn! 

9. Finished yarn!

And the details:

Name: Children's Colorbox
Method: Kool-Aid Popsicle Dyeing
Bare: Wool2Dye4 Tweed
Weight: Worsted
How much: 181 yards/100 gram skein

I'll definitely be doing Kool-Aid dyeing again. In fact, I splurged at the grocery store yesterday:

And by splurged I mean 15 packs for $3. I have some colorways in mind, and some will be sent to England, but I love how cheap Kool-Aid is, and it creates beautiful colors on yarn!

I can't wait to buy some more bare yarn and dye, dye, dye!

1 comment:

Esshaych said...

It's soooo fab! Congrats! :D And some's coming to England, you say?! :P