Friday, February 22, 2008

Hey! Kool-Aid!

Part 1:

It's a snowy pajama kind of day - a good day to try dyeing my Knit Picks Bare yarn with Kool-Aid I downloaded the instructions from Knitpicks.com and read them carefully. Well . . . kind of.

1. In quart jars with water, I mixed 2 packets of Ice Blue Raspberry Lemon in one, and 1 packet of Grape in the other. Ready to go.


2. I dunked one end of the yarn hank into the blue and the other into the purple. Here's where I realized that I hadn't followed the directions. I was supposed to wash the yarn in water with a mild soap and let it soak while I prepared the Kool-Aid. Crap. Forgot about that part. Too late to stop. Pressed forward.


Emmie supervised. Too bad she can't read.



3. I microwaved the yarn-filled jars for 2 minutes, as directed. Here's what the yarn looked like at that point.


4. I shifted the yarn to try to cover more of the un-dyed yarn into the blue dye and sent it back into the microwave for another 2 minutes. The idea is to keep this process going until the water is clear so the yarn has absorbed all of the color.



5. Here we are.

At this point, I stopped. Although there was still a little blue color left to the water, I liked the way the yarn looked. The purple yarn had absorbed all of the color and the water was clear.



Here's what the yarn looked like.


Now, we wait. I have to allow the water and yarn to cool, and then I'll rinse it until the water runs clear.


I'll show you later what it looks like. I can't wait for it to dry so I can wind it into a ball. So impatient. Can't stand it.

After supervising the yarn-dying process, Emmie went to watch the movie, "A Snowy Day."


She thinks it's almost as good as "A Windy Day," and "A Really Windy Day."

Then we both saw a lovely site. It's one of the best things about living here.


A young man with a snow blower shows up without even being asked. We love him.

3 comments:

jennsquared said...

Nice Dye Job! Can't wait to see what comes of it!

That's very nice of that young man to do you and Emmie a service :)

WifeMomKnitter said...

That's pretty cool!

Firemanshunny said...

Iced blue raspberry lemonade is my favorite Kool-aid flavor!! MMMMMM