Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Dying to Dye!

I finally did it! I did some Kool-Aid dyeing this AM. Natalie sent me some sportweight wool and I did that with Kool-Aid Berry Blue and Grape (yes, I like the natural showing, kinda tie-dyed). The other two batches were this bulky wool yarn that came in 50 gr skeins I got from Freecycle ages ago. I used Kiwi/Lemonade Mixed, grape (2 packages) and Cherry. I ran out of dye and now I am kicking myself in the ass cause I remembered the damn egg dye I had saved specifically for dyeing yarn! I have two full 8 ounce skeins of LB Fisherman's, so I'll wind that and do that next with the egg dye.

This was so easy. I soaked the yarn in vinegar and warm water. Mixed the kool-side with 1/4 cup of warm water (no vinegar cause it has a ton of Citric Acid-see what I learned blog reading!).

I gently wrung out the yarn and put it in corning dishes, painted with syringes and foam brushes and nuked (no plastic wrap, nothing, as is) for two minutes on high, let rest two minutes and then two more minutes on high. I let it cool for about ten minutes, then rinsed in warm water, rolled in a towel and hung to dry.




(Yes, I know the pics are small, but click it and you will see it better. It loaded them all so much easier this way)

45 minutes including clean up (okay, I wound the yarn into hanks days ago and Nat sent her yarn pre-wound). I cannot believe I put this off. I must do more, must. The egg dye is calling me, make it stop!!!!!!

I plan to lie down and nap a bit this AM. Apparently, Elena shared again. I have had a stomach problem for three days. At first, I blamed Aunt Flo, but now I know. It's also giving me horrible headaches. Elena is better, back to her old self......

Off to nap....

7 comments:

Kari said...

Cool and very pretty please rest and hope you feel better soon!

Sedie said...

you must have been REALLY dying to dye!!!!!!! Or you took some medication that threw you for a loop (lol). I hope you feel better so you can be back on your feet dying again!!!!

Kathy said...

Okay, that does it now I HAVE to try dying! They look wonderful. Hope you're feeling better soon, don't you love when the little darlings share?

Natalie said...

Wow, I'm impressed! Those turned out to be gorgeous! I can't wait to see how they look worked up. Are you planning to full the wool?

Hope you're feeling better soon!

Also - curious why all your blog is centered now - it wasn't always like that, was it??

jess said...

those look great! I especially like the purple and blue on the sportweight! wow! it all looks great, Deneen!

ThreeOliveMartini said...

those do look great! .. i wanna see wha tyou make with them now !!

Wendy said...

Very cool. I think you will be more impressed when you get them wound into a ball and then when you work them into something the colors just take a life on of their own.

I have been tempted to do some dyeing again. I have 2 hanks of yarn waiting to be dyed.

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