Saturday, November 18, 2006

Mmmm, smells like oranges.

I started with several packages of kool-aid-like drink mix (but cheaper), and a 100 gram hank of KnitPicks Bare sock yarn (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon).

I mixed up water and the mix in a glass bowl. In another bowl, I soaked the yarn.


After a quick squeeze, the yarn takes the plunge.


Into the microwave for a little heat set.

Is it a match?

Looks pretty good!


We have orange sock yarn! It's not perfectly even, but it is a close match, and it's pretty. And you can't get much cheaper dye! The drink mix was 8/$1, and I used 5 packets in the end (3 outrageous orange and 2 cherry charger.) And I didn't goof it up, so that means I have a spare hank to do whatever I please. I declare it a success!

When I was done dyeing, my kitchen had an interesting smell. Mostly fruity orange, but a little of the cherry, a tad of the sheepy wet wool scent, plus the fragrance of eucalyptus wool wash.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks great. And that won't wash out? Cool.

Lara said...

Nope. It's been heat set. I already washed it and no dye came out. :)

velda said...

OMG way to go girl! It's excellent!!!

Stefaneener said...

Isn't it neato to watch the color leave the water and bind to the yarn?

J. Denae said...

Looks like fun!! We'll havew to have a dyeing party!

Margaret said...

Now THAT is orange!!! Happy socks to you!

Queen Bee said...

Good job, Lara!! Can't wait to see the socks :)

MiPa said...

well done!

Michele said...

Looks great!!! Isn't Kool-aid dying fun? MUCH better smell than plain wet wool

Great orange! :)

Sara Laughs said...

The thought of the smell is enough to put me off from trying this ever (especially since I don't knit LOL!) but I think it's very cool how you did that. Nice job! What did Lon say?

Anonymous said...

So tell me, would this dying method work on t-shirts? Hummm I smell a sweet project for the kids ;)

Gwen said...

General Lee socks?

Allyson said...

Cool! I have read about dyeing yarn with Kool Aid but never attempted it myself! Have fun with it!