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 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.


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