Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dyeing Yarn

Hello! How nice of you to stop by. Yesterday J. got back home from his camp, so the next days I am alone with him. And immediately the first day, we got to do what we both like so much: playing a game. We are the only two members of this family who like to do so, and I must admit, that it made me quite happy, when he asked me to play with him.


This picture was taken right after we started, so the piles with money on both sides are quite equal. Now we are taking a break, and I’m not brave enough to make a picture now!

This morning, I finally did something I was wanting to do for a very, very long time. It started with this:


Beautiful, soft Merino soaking in the sink.






These jars were put inside a pan with a layer of water in it. I squeezed the water a bit out of the yarn, and put it in the jars.



All the yarn had to be soaked in the lemonade, and then the water had to be brought to a boil. Fire out, and wait until it has cooled of.


Then when taking out the yarn, it was clear where all the colour went:


I gave the yarn a good rinse, and now I have this beautiful coloured skein.


This is really a lot of fun; it’s clean and quick. Now only the kitchen has this rather sweet smell. Too bad, Kool Aid isn’t available in our country.

Groetjes, Dorien


Karen said...

Looks iike a really fun project and your yarn came out so pretty. Can't wait to see what you'll make with it.

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Dorien..that was pretty amazing! I can't believe how bright and clear the colours are either. Now, what are you going to make?

Monique said...

Wat ziet je wol er fantastisch uit Dorien. Wat een mooie kleuren. Heb je de verf via internet besteld?
En waar heb je de wol vandaan?

Groetjes, Monique

Anonymous said...

Oh I knew you'd like yarn dyeing!!

I can't get Kool Aid here in the UK here either in the UK but I have a very lovely friend in the US that very kindly sends me some. Try dyeing with food colouring too - you get some really good results also. I love dyeing with food colours and Kool Aid - it has no chemical involvement and it's therefore safe for kids to have a go at helping you to dye yarn, especially when handpainting yarns and rovings. :)

Teje said...

WOW! That's amazing and fantastic and beautiful! Too bad that also we don't have shops for things to make and create something by our selves! Enjoy that adorable yarn!

Poppy Cottage said...

Good morning. I love the colours that your yarn ended up. WHat are you going to make? My Dad NEVER played board games with us, it alwasy made him grumpy(sadly I never really got into them)Maybe that is something I should set myself to do!!

Madeleine said...

Oh, that yarn looks fabulous! And horray for Monopoly! ^^
The shawl pattern is called Andrea's shawl - you can find it on Ravelry!

mjnauert said...

that is amazing how that water turned from purple back to clear again. It makes sense though, I can't get the darn stuff out of the kids clothes either. ha, ha. Anytime you need Kool-aid, let me know. I will send a large envelope filled with them. :)

Simone de Klerk said...

Op de een of andere manier heeft mijn blogroll jou niet bijgehouden. Ik zie dat ik heel veel gemist heb )o: Ga zo even kijken.
Geweldig, hoe je met Kool-Aid je wol geverfd hebt. Ik weet dat zij deze vroeger met de vinger likten. Dan had je en een heel gekleurde tong en een heel gekleurde vinger, die voorlopig wel even zo bleven ;o)
Ik wordt trouwens geen volger van je, want dat werkt niet voor mijn. Je staat op m'n blogroll en dat behoort te werken ...

Stella Maris said...

Hi Dorien, wonderfull !!!!! love your blog! bye, follow you.