Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Ok, I'm addicted!!!

Yesterday my "color your own" yarn arrived from knit picks. So Miss Tonia and I set out to try our hands at kool aid dying our own yarn. And I have to admit...I WANT MORE!!!

Ok, so I chose orange, strawberry, berry blue, and lemon lime. This is actually a simple task. I was kind of hesitent at first for fear of some big mess. But there was not even a hint that anything ever happened in our kitchen when we were done. Awesome! Except for the mason jars left to dry.

Yes, I know...this looks goofy. But hey it worked, at least I got the yarn set out so it could be divided into 4 equal sections. Of coarse Miss Tonia helped. This part definately takes 2 people. Once the sections were tied off then it was time to get the wool wet and give it a mild cleansing. So into some woolite it went. Just for a few seconds and then I rinsed it out and squeezed as much water as I could out of it. Then...

you put a packet of kool aid in a mason jar, fill it with room temp water and in goes the wool. Very neat. Mind you, I have never done this before and yes I have read of others experiences but still...I don't believe it until I see it with my own eyes. The wool sucks all the color out of the water. See...

The yarn sucks the color up in no time flat. Then I let it cool. With a little help of coarse. Miss Tonia said that the site she was reading said not to shock the wool or it will felt so the mason jars went into the sink filled with warm water then I worked my way to cool water. Once I did that then I started to add cool water into the mason jars to cool that water down. Then the yarn got rinsed out and squeezed again. Here are pics of the almost clear water that the yarn came out of and the yarn in the various stages after drip drying.

Look at how awesome the colors turned out!!! I am so excited!!!

Then we hung it up overnight to drip dry.

Here it is posing for a pretty picture...say Kool Aid:)~

And here is the final product...I have named it Snowcone. For some reason the colors take me back to childhood when we used to get the multi flavored snowcones. Yum Yum!

Also, I almost forgot...I have pics of the baby blanket I finished this past weekend, but now the blogger has gotten hungry and is eating my pics everytime I try to add them. So I'll add them later. C-ya!


Knit and Tink said...

What an enjoyable visit! Loved seeing the process of KoolAid dying. I am going to have to try it sometime. I'll be back again.

SpiffySecretPal said...

Your yarn looks wonderful- love those happy bright colors!

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