it all started with some sale yarn from Webs.com

Do you remember last spring when I got two plain vanilla colored skeins of Spud and Chloe delicious silk/wool sock yarn, and decided to experiment with crock pot and Kool-Aid?

all the tools

out of the pot

finished product

I knit a pair of toe up socks with the resulting blue and white yarn.

toe up 4

I had a lot left over, and didn’t really want to knit something to match the socks. And there was a lot of white space left on the yarn. So, I thought I would try over dying. I used green and purple, and this is the result.
sock yarn after

I wasn’t sure how I liked it, but I knit it up anyway, and this is how it looks now.

mesh scarf

I really like how it is so different from one end to the other – almost like a scarf that moves through the four seasons. Of course, it is in colors that I don’t really wear, and which no way will match my sapphire blue winter jacket, so it goes into the give-away bag. But it was lots of fun to experiment with dying!
mesh scarf bright endmesh scarf light middlemesh scarf darker middlemesh scarf dark middlemesh scarf dark end
For all of this dying, I wound the yarn into cakes, so the absorption would vary from the outside to the inside.

Since then, I have done more Kool-Aid dying, using a less fine yarn, some 100% wool worsted weight I have in the stash. I’ll be posting more photos of things I make with that as well.

5 thoughts on “it all started with some sale yarn from Webs.com”

  1. Kool aide dyeing is so fun! I have never tried it in the skein before, always after I finished the project. I like how the colors are so different! Will be trying this.

    1. I found a You Tube video on dying cakes of yarn, and also, she does one on symmetrical cakes of yarn. I saw a different one on crock pot dying, so I kind of put it all together. When you dye a cake, the outside and center take up lots of color, the middle, not so much, so you get really variety in the color. I played around more this weekend, and will take photos of the results. this time I used colors I will actually wear. 🙂

  2. I love the way your yarn turned out. I would have never thought to use Kool-aid to dye anything. You are so smart. I am going to see if I can turn some Christmas ornaments. I hope they turn out.

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