The project took a couple hours, clean up was nothing more than washing a few dishes, and I had a good time.
Resource:SOCKS, SOCKS, SOCKS; Edited by Elaine Rowley, (1998) 2007, p72, Dye-Your-Own Socks by Traci Bunkers. I've had the book since 2008, and finally decided to give this project go!
I also ran a Google search: "Kool-Aid yarn dyeing", and found an
Additional Resource: Dyed in Wool , by Kristi Porter, Knitty.com
Supplies: bare yarn, microwave-safe dish, powdered drink mixes, mixing containers, tools to apply the dye, water, vinegar, rubber gloves.
Additional Supplies: string, measuring cups, bowl, cookie sheet w/parchment, food color, microwave, cooling rack, sink, tablecloth, apron, washing machine, towel.
|I had the directions available, and gathered the recommended supplies. I also had the "crafting" tablecloth at hand.|
|As I unwrapped the hank of bare yarn, I knew I wanted to secure the rounds in a couple, really 4 more places. I used cotton kitchen string to tie the additional bands around the yarn.|
|Once the yarn was secured, I placed it in a bowl with 2 cups warm water and 1/2 cup vinegar. While the yarn was soaking, I prepared the drink mixes.|
|The yarn soaked, and the drink mixes were prepared. I mixed two packets (one flavor) in 1/2 cup warm water.|
|The "egg dye" recipes are on the back. I selected yellow and dusty rose.|
|Using the Chef's Condiment Dispenser, I applies the "egg" dye. I was much happier with the coverage.|
|I squeezed out some excess water, I placed the dyed yarn into the microwave-safe dish.|
|I rinsed the yarn in the sink, no excess color rinsed out.|
|The author suggested putting the yarn into the washer, and running the spin cycle. I did that. I have a top loading washer because I like to craft!|
|I placed the the yarn on a towel to dry. It was outside for the photo, I brought it inside to dry.|
It will be a few days before I can wind the yarn into balls, and start the socks. I'll work on another project until then.
|I moved the yarn inside, and hung it on the back of a door to swing over a heater vent.|
|I finished another project, and set up for the Socks-Take 5!|
|It was time to wind the yarn into two balls. I do not have a swift, and the back of the chair works well.|
|I wound the yarn around my fingers, then continue to wind the ball with a finger inserted just to keep it winding loosely.|
|I have a (kitchen) scale that I use only for yarn. One ball was ready.|
|Both balls were wound, and I'd cast on for the two socks.|
If you're still with me, please follow the post for Socks-Take 5 Kool-Aid as I knit the socks.