Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Jenny Blue is a quiet, gentle, and important presence in our knitting group...
... and so is Val, who produces blankets with great speed and creativity.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
This is a really fun and easy project. The hardest part was finding a good selection of Kool-Aid colors (oops, I mean flavors!). For Las Cruces folks, I found mine at Save Mart on Valley @ 3 for 99 cents.
Use a natural fiber yarn and wear gloves to avoid burnt or colored fingers.
Tie the yarn skein loosely and let soak in plain lukewarm water for at least 30 minutes. Gently squeeze out excess water.
|If you have a vegetable garden and it is summertime, everything starts to look like a zucchini!|
Dissolve Kool-Aid in a cup of warm water. I started with 2 packets of Very Berry (bright blue) for 2 ounces of yarn, but added a third packet later.
Pour the dye mixture into a microwaveable bowl, add enough lukewarm water so that your yarn will be covered. Gently add the yarn and swish it very carefully (never agitate wool yarn unless you want felt).
I found that after the first cycle, most of the color had been absorbed by the yarn. Because I wanted a deeper shade I added another packet of Kool-Aid dissolved in hot water and carefully poured it into the bowl after lifting the yarn out. The bowl went back into the microwave for a second cycle of 2 minutes. I removed the bowl from the microwave, took the lid off, and let the yarn cool in the water.
When the yarn is cool, gently squeeze out the water, then wash it in warm sudsy water, rinse, and hang up to dry.
Here is the result. Instead of a khaki and screaming green yarn I now have a deep teal variegated yarn which I like very much.