Back to Tips and Tricks Socknitters Home Page


Robin Dyes with Kool Aid

<yelling; cover your ears> I DYED WITH K**LAID FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST NIGHT!!!  The results are *fabulous*.  I dyed a skein of (what else?) Bartlettyarns 2-ply natural with Cherry, mangoberry, orange, and "Oh Yeah Orange Pineapple," which gave gorgeous warm yellows to oranges to pinky orange to dark red.  What I did:  soup pot with 2" of tepid water and 2 glugs of vinegar; dunked the yarn in, realized I needed more water, removed yarn, added more water; put orange/pineapple in one side of the pot then realized the water was still moving, so it would disperse evenly if I didn't DO something; plunked the yarn in.  Lifted the other side and threw some orange in the middle, then put some mangoberry just along the edge without lifting the yarn, just skootching it in a bit.  Sprinkled
corresponding colors (dry) on top, leaving a few places where the yarn was not pushed into the liquid, so would remain undyed.  Pushed the stuff down with a wire whisk, gently, occasionally, except for 2 spots:  the undyed lump, and the lump where I dumped--not sprinkled--a whole package of cherry.  Cooked on low for 30 min, covered, when the dye had exhausted. Uncovered it and removed it from heat to cool.  I only made it down to Pretty Warm Almost Hot before I *had* to rinse it to see the results.  I was so gentle because i didn't want the colors to run all over each other and ruin the variegated effect, but guess what?  Not a bit of color rinsed out...it was set *fast* on the fibers.  The thing I'd do differently: maybe no one else would notice, but I can see that I was *way too neat and careful about putting the skein in the pot, so I'd just jumble it in next time. From undyed natural through the palest yellow and all the way to a deep true red: "K3w1"


Back to Tips and Tricks Socknitters Home Page