I've had a cake of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in the colorway Springer sitting around for a millenia. I had originally purchased (and wound) it with the idea of making some kind of scarf or hat for a friend's daughter. At the time, she was too young for a scarf, and then the yarn was forgotten, and then it so happened that those folks became people I won't knit for. So...I had a ball of pastel yarn I would never use.
After my friend Rachel posted pics of her Kool-Aid dyeing attempts, and I read a little about the process and discovered you could also use food coloring (which I have a ton of), I knew the time had come for me to try dyeing things myself. At first I considered getting bare/white yarn from somewhere, but after reading through threads on the What A Kool Way to Dye group on Ravelry, I realized that I could dye OVER yarn that was already colored. Light bulb moment--my first dyeing attempt could be FREE--I could just practice on yarns I already had in my stash that I didn't like the colors of. Yay!
As previously mentioned, I had Springer in a cake already, so my first job was to put it back into a hank.
|Super high-tech on the legs of a chair.|
|Just hit the dye bath and already it looks better.|
Then I cooked my yarn! I let it simmer until the dye bath started to clear, then turned off the heat and let it sit.
|Clear dye bath! Yay!|
As you can see, I missed some spots, and some of the original color is still present. Happily, I think this will actually make it knit up in an interesting way...we shall see! All in all, I'm pleased with my dyeing experience. I didn't realize how much of the food coloring I'd actually use, though. I may buy some McCormick's to use rather than my fancy Americolors. Or just try Kool-Aid next time!