I did some dyeing a few months ago, but have been so busy that I just have not come here to tell you about it. I know, I'm a bad blogger. I have been doing knitting for other people and I have been working on some new designs. I was having so much fun! That's I it slipped my mind to come share what I've been doing.
I know people love to play with dyeing their own wool, but feel intimidated to explore, or just want to see new dye combinations, and so I try to always report what I have done.
This yarn was dyed in my favorite way~ the crockpot. It's always so unpredictable. You just don't know exactly how it will look when the yarn comes out of the pot. That's why I like it!
I started with a full 465 yards of Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool (no yarn store, remember?), 4 packets of Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid, 2 packets of Lemonade Kool-Aid, and some vinegar.
After I skeined and tied the yarn, I prepped it in a bowl of hot tap water with a glug of vinegar in it. I let it soak for about 45 minutes. Then I filled my 6 quart crockpot about half full of hot water, added a glug of vinegar, and turned it on low. I picked my yarn up (carefully!) out of the hot water bath and lowered it into the crockpot. You don't have to put it in in any orderly fashion. Just let it snake around in there.
While the yarn was getting hot, I prepped the dye. I used big 16 ounce mugs to mix the dye in. I put a small glug of vinegar in the mug, and then add the Kool-Aid. As I'm stirring the Kool-Aid powder into the vinegar, I add hot tap water until it's about 1 cup of water. I keep mixing until the powder is completely dissolved. The pink dye was 4 packets of Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid. The yellow dye was 2 packets of Lemonade Kool-Aid.
I carefully pored the pink dye in a "T" formation and then poured the yellow dye into the two unfilled spaces. It looked like the picture above. No stirring or poking. You'll be tempted to mess with it, but resist! Just put the lid on and walk away!
If you can see through the lid of the crockpot, just peek through it. If you must lift it to see in, get down there close and just crack the lid to peek in. You want to keep all the heat inside the crockpot. When you peek and see little bubbles forming around the sides like it's getting ready to start boiling, that's when you turn the crockpot off. Leave it until it is completely cool. You'll be tempted to peek. Resist! I leave mine overnight, and by morning it is cool.
Then you can take out the yarn and rinse it. When all the excess dye is out of the yarn, I like to put it in a glass baking dish and put it in the microwave. I heat on high for 2 minutes. Let rest 2 minutes. Heat on high 2 minutes. Now leave it until it is completely cooled. Now you can squeeze out all the water and let it dry.
Then you can knit things that look like this! These colors remind me of sherbet. I love the creamy pink and yellow tones. I love how the colors don't pool because they're haphazardly mixed. Above is a knitted item made from this yarn and a crocheted item is below.