Black Cherry Lemonade

This is one of my favorite yarns that I have dyed! I wasn't sure how it would come out. Honestly, it was a scary experiment. The moment I pulled it out of the crock pot, I was in love!

I used about 4 ounces (half the skein) of Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool. I skeined it all out on my homemade swift and tied in loosely in 3 spots. On my swift, one full rotation is about 3 yards. So I know have a big loop that is 3 yards around.

I filled a bowl with hot tap water and a big glug of vinegar. Then I gently pushed my yarn down in and let it soak about 30 minutes.

While the yarn is soaking, I made the dye. I mix my dye in big 16 ounce mugs. For the red dye, I used almost 3 packages of black cherry Kool-Aid, a small glug of vinegar, and filled with enough hot tap water to equal about 3/4 cup of liquid. Stir it really well until it is dissolved. For the yellow dye, I used 2 packages of Lemonade Kool-Aid, a small glug of vinegar, and filled with enough hot tap water to equal about 3/4 cup of liquid. Again, stir it really well until it is dissolved.

Next I gently moved the yarn into the crockpot. I just let it coil down in~ there's no orderly fashion at all. I then pour in enough of the soaking water to almost cover the yarn.

Next I poured in the dye. I poured the red dye in a straight line throught he center of the crockpot. The yellow dye was poured into two spots on each side of the line. The picture above is when I first poured the dye. The picture below is a couple of hours into the heating process (when I should not have been opening the lid).

The yarn should now be covered. Do not stir! Resist the temptation to mix! It will not look right, but the dye will spread as it gets hot.

I turned the crockpot on low and left it for 4 or 5 hours. Do not lift the lid if you can help it. I can see through the lid on my crockpot, so I don't have to lift it at all. When it looks like the water is clear or almost clear, I turn  the crockpot off. Leave the lid on! Now I leave it until it's completely cool. I usually just leave it all night.

In the morning, I gently take the yarn out and rinse with lukewarm water.For this yarn, I don't think I put it in the microwave to set the dye. It usually does fine without the microwave set since I have so much vinegar in the water. Plus, the vinegar makes the Fisherman's wool nice and soft!

I love how it turned out! I just had to knit up something girly with this one. It become a lovely little pair of ruffled longies and trimmed a matching hat. (You can grab them in the DaisyHead Creations shop.)

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2 thoughts on “Black Cherry Lemonade

  1. Thanks, Louise! You should give it a try sometime. It's sooo fun! At first you think your yarn is going to come out a yucky mess, but then when you pull it out, it's lovely. It like the rollercoaster ride of yarn dyeing. ;o)

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