Yesterday, we dyed. No, we are surely still all healthy and well. We dyed yarn! It was so fun. I was truly prepared for a mess. As anyone who has tie-died before knows, it can be a messy job. Getting everything out, and preparing dye all-the-while trying to sell my house was truly frightening. But fear not, it was not as messy as I predicted. It was actually simple and uncomplicated process, one I am sure I will repeat in the future. I exchanged yarn dying kits in one of the ravelry exchanges I took part in last fall. (Unfortunately, due to the move I was unable to participate again this spring. I highly recommend the ravelry groups, as they are a lot of fun. ) I have had the kit since November and I finally just decided it was time. I used Kool-aid for my dye.
And I was amazed at how bright and vibrant colors were. The process called for washing and soaking the yarn first. Then you mix the colors, insert the yarn, Microwave a few minutes, resting and stirring in between. And PRESTO! Dyed yarn.
Here is a really poor quality photo of my yarn soaking.
Pre-Microwave. Notice a little of the red Kool-aid wicking into the yellow bowl!
Post Microwave (Notice the dye has been absorbed by the yarn!)
Allah-peanut-butter-sandwiches! Fabulously dyed yarn. The only problem I foresee is that the yarn is SOCK WEIGHT!! I don't believe I'll be able to knit with it anytime in the near future.