Monday, April 30, 2007

Busy beee

Its Monday and the day the kids are at school all day. I call it my day off. HAHAHAHA

I had lots of coffee today and took it easy all morning, surfin' the net, watching TV, and basically being a lazy slob. Then I got busy. Vacuuming, tidying kitchen, laundry, litter boxes, more vacuuming (F%^&ing litter boxes) AND hand dying some yarn. With Kool-Aid.
The yarn was Bernat's Lana 100%merino in the most godsawful grey. Using Grape, blue raspberry lemonade , cherry and tropical fruit punch,I achieved possibly the ugliest yarn ever.
Thats not the point!!
The point is I did it my own self and it was not hard to do at all. I have another skein of grey that I am thinking would look awesome in Blue raspberry lemonade and lime... Also, next time I think I will dip dye rather than pour over/paint the yarn.
Method: Unskein the yarn by wrapping ot around the diningroom table and tying it with scrap yarn in several places. Soak big hank of yarn in warm water with vinegar for about 1/2 and hour. Wring out yarn and arrange in a microwave safe baking dish. Pour very strong solution of unsweetened Koolaid and hot water (one packet per ounce hot water) over the yarn in sections. Put plastic wrap over dish and microwave on medium for 15 minutes or so. Rinse in fairly hot tap water because the yarn and dish are HOT now. When dye no longer colors water, wring out your hank and hang to dry. VOILA! You could use one single colour for the whole hank or several hanks or try making self striping yarn using a few colours.
Now if only I could find a better supply of flavours...I mean colours...


Longhorn Diva said...

Wow! That's beautiful! What are you going to make with it?

Whaledancer said...

Thanks. I have no idea what I will do with it..Probably mittens or slippers or something since its only 100 grams of wool.

Vicky said...

LOL, you crafty girl... it does work tho and I didn't think it looked that bad!

picperfic said...

my yarn i dyed with koolaid came out the same colours! I have a recipe to use sugar free jelly crystals to dye with and I'm looking out for a good supply of flavours. It's the blue ones that I can't seem to get right. It's great fun though. You're a busy lady, your peaceful morning was well deserved, I'm now exhuasted just reading what you did next!