I decided to trying over-dyeing a skein of yarn again, since I had a flavor I was pretty sure I wouldn't use for another project. The skein in question was Knit Picks Stroll in the colorway Cartoons, which is a very bright rainbow colorway. (I used some of it for my knitted monster because I thought it was a very kid-friendly colorway, but beyond that it was a little TOO bright for my tastes).
|The original rainbow craziness.|
I decided to try to use actual Kool Aid this time, and to over-dye the skein green. I used the immersion dyeing method (basically, heat up the color in water and vinegar, blopped the skein in until the dyebath cleared, done).
My first attempt was not super successful:
|Barely colored at all! Boo.|
So, I prepared a new dye bath using McCormick food coloring (green with a dash of blue), and re-did the skein again using the same method. It came out a little darker, but not nearly as dark as I wanted.
|The second attempt turned out little better.|
Strangely, I don't totally hate it. However, I'm thinking I should have over-dyed it blue rather than green; the red areas would have turned purple, the yellows to greens, etc. Oh well, you live you learn, right? I may play with it some more, but we shall see.