Friday, June 30, 2006

Dye Job, Part II

After eight minutes, it looked like this.* And after 22 minutes, the water was clearish!I let the yarn sit and cool for a bit before I took it out of the water. I used warm water to rinse to prevent shocking the wool. Here's the yarn all rinsed and water squeezed out.

And here it is, all dry and in a skein.

It's the new teammate for the Amazing Lace ... see? A little blurry, but the color is fairly true.
This was Really Big Fun. I have acquired some natural Cascade 220, having been unable to find more fingering weight, and beaucoup Kool-Aid. Next up, purple for July!

On a completely unrelated note, I wanted to say how excited I have been to get comments from new people. Thanks for delurking! Unfortunately, because Blogger makes it really difficult to backtrack the comments, I have been unable to acknowledge them all personally. Waah! I wish you all had blogs. I'd love to get to know you and your knitting!

*For some reason, Blogger would not let me put any more pictures in the other post. So I'm doing this in two parts.


Blogger Lynda said...

That is a beautiful ruby red!!

4:20 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Wow, that is gorgeous. I really have got to do that. I have KoolAid and yarn already. My 3-year-old has even done it (with my sis), but not me. Okay. That's my project for the weekend! Thanks for the kick in the pants. :)

4:35 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

The yarn looks glorious! Wonderful job!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Hooray for koolaid! I love koolaid dyeing. And looks like we are on several of the same knitalongs! :-)

5:12 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

Yum, my favorite color! I was just thinking that if I ever got around to it (and your post has convinced me to try), I would do a dark luscious red.

I think it's just freaking hilarious that Knit Picks sold out of that yarn. Because all of blogland is doing the dyeing swap-o-rama! (except for me, and you, too, I guess!)

6:01 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

OK, did you just not photograph the messy, scary parts? I thought it would be... messier and scarier. The color is beautiful! Way to go!

6:07 PM  
Anonymous kathy in juneau said...

Gorgeous. Glorious red yarn! See, we told you it was fun..

8:17 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

What a beautiful job you did on your very first yarn!!! Can't wait to see your July purple. The dying stuff is addicting, isn't it. I've been getting the yen again - but it's just too hot (I have to do it on the stove because we don't have a microwave).

8:50 PM  
Blogger Miss Janelle said...

Blogger has been doing the same to me, and I thought I was the only one having problems! I guess two pics is the current max for a post. Bummer. Good to know I'm not doing something wrong!
I am in love with your lace shawl. I am just finishing a lace shawl myself and was wondering if you had any blocking tips. I've never blocked lace before, and could use all the help I can get!
Love your blog! Thanks!

10:32 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

Beautiful red! (TWELVE packets?'s...alot. Just sayin') ;o))

11:03 PM  
Blogger chittavrtti said...

Here's a hint to your purple dyeing. When some of the children wanted purple they used grape (makes sense) but when they rinsed it was more maroon- so I squeezed in blue food coloring and that seemed to emphasize the blue aspect of purple.

If you want to just use koolaid then mix up the colors first in a clear container, hold the container to the light (natural) and notice what the tints are. if they're more reddish then your turnout will be maroon if bluish then more purple. ***CV

11:29 PM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

Ooh, that is a beautiful red!

12:19 AM  
Anonymous Erica said...

That color is great! So vibrant and clear, and I'm sure it will knit up into something utterly fabulous.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Persnickety Knitter said...

Love the red. And thanks for sharing the detailed pics of your dyeing process. I hope to get up the nerve to try kool-aid dyeing sometime this summer.

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your yarn turned out beautifully! what a gorgeous colour. i have just started to try out dyeing yarn myself and am *really enjoying it. can't wait to see more hand-dyed yarn from you. x

4:12 AM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

What a beautiful shade of red - very nice! I used Kool-aid the first time I dyed, but not as many packets so it didn't turn out as deep or rich a color as yours. I think its going to be beautiful knit up.

8:06 AM  
Blogger janna said...

The red is gorgeous..... One of these days I'll get up the courage to try kool-aid dying. And your Shetland Triangle is beautiful, too. I just marked it in Wrap Style as a possible next project (after I finish my current shawl, of course!). Good advice about an extra repeat or two -- I think I'd like it a little larger.

11:57 PM  
Anonymous linda said...

How beautiful! Can't wait to see purple. Have a great 4th!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Angela Martínez said...

Wow! That's some beautiful yarn. I'm thinking I'm going to have to give in and try this, too. I always thought it would be a messy and drawn out process, but you make it look really simple.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Tygher Knits said...

Oh, wow. That's a beautiful red! Makes me want to try dying my own too!

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Mandy said...

The more and more I see knitters dying their own yarn, the more I want to try. You make it sound SO MUCH FUN!!! Now I'll just have to pounce quickly when and if knitpicks stocks some more of that "color your own."

love the red!

10:18 AM  
Blogger Philippa said...

That colour is lovely. I can see what you're up to, loving red. If you wear it with green, does it make you feel like Christmas>

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Love, love the color! Fantastic job, can't wait to see it all knit up.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Looks like a lot of fun! Not to mention that you got some beautiful yarn out of it.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

That does look like fun! I too love reds. Your yarn turned out beautifully...great color. Congrats!

6:35 AM  
Blogger keepitkiller said...

your yarn turned out awesome. you might try it on the stove next time. you bring the batch almost to boil and then let cool for 30 min. actually with some colors (ex: the lemon/lime) the stuff clears almost as soon as it heats up. you've inspired me to try new colors.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

Who would have thought that the sugary bane of childhood could be so useful (and non-cavity causing)? That's a one of a kind lovely red.

9:36 AM  
Blogger wavybrains said...

That's a great dye job! I love seeing new things with kool-aid dyeing.

3:48 PM  

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