Thursday, July 22, 2010

Potions Class

For Potions class, I have chosen to dye some wool with Kool-Aid. We actually had some in the house. I found a tutorial on-line that uses a crock pot. So here is what I will be dyeing. I believe it is Cascade wool. Maybe half a skein at the most. Plus I used Lemonade and Cherry flavored Kool-Aid.

First I started out by soaking the yarn in a crock pot with water and a little bit of vinegar. I set the crock pot on low, put the cover back on, and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

Then I covered half the yarn with 1 packet of cherry and the other half with 2 packets of lemonade. All I did was sprinkle the Kool-Aid straight from the package into the pot. There are some spots were the two colors blended but that was just fine as it made a pretty shade of orange.

Once the water was clear, I used a spoon to turn the yarn over so the un-dyed yarn was exposed. I then used another packet of Cherry and 2 more packets of Lemonade.

Once the dyeing was complete, I turned off the crock pot and let it sit to cool for a little while. Then I placed the yarn in a colander and let it sit in the sink until completely cool. The yarn was then rinsed and then squeezed the water out. I then used a towel to get out the extra water in the yarn. The yarn was then hung up on a hanger and placed outside for drying.

And here is the final result... a lovely skein of yarn that I have decided to name "Tequila Sunrise". I might have to make a full skein like this.

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