So this weekend, I had some lovely time to myself. Waking up to only to a dog who doesn't get up for a full hour after you do is a delicious thing. I also got to spend some time doing fibery things with our Zonda. She took all the good pictures, so go stalk her blog.
While I was enjoying the silence, I decided to play with some nekkid yarn and food coloring. Wilton's to be exact!
Using this fabulous article from Knitty as a reference, I heated up the crock pot, threw in some vinegar and had at it.
Here is a pre rinse pic:
And here is the end product!
I only used two colors - blue and green. I started out by pouring in the blue, then hitting the spots that were still light with the green. Initially, I had twisted the yarn a bit, and ended up with more white than I intended. Once the yarn had cooled off so I could examine it, it went back to the crock pot. I added more blue and just a snitch more green, which exhausted pretty quickly leaving still more white than I wanted. I quickly made up some blue dye, and then added a wee bit of green making a neat teal color. I dumped it in and called it a day.
I love it, and I learned some lessons.
1. It's fun to play with vinegar. For the green, I had secretly poured vinegar right where I wanted the color to go. I can say it worked, and worked well.
2. If the water is still hot, you can add more dye.
3. Next time, use the oval crock pot. The second go-round, I just put the yarn in, with no arrangement and had a lot less white, however, it was still tricky to get the dye into all of the nooks and crannies. Using my oval crock pot will allow a lot more room for play.
4. Dyeing yarn is just like any other fiber related play. Addictive.
Here's a sneak peak of another addiction.
And just in the event you needed an interesting factoid, today is the day, back in the 50's that LSD was deemed illegal.