Yesterday I started spinning some vanilla colored Ashland Bay Portuguese Wool Top Spinning Fiber. After spinning about 20 oz I decided I could not spin that vanilla color one more minute. It was so boring I almost fell asleep at the wheel. Yawn. I kept saying, “Dye it when you’re done.” Didn’t work. Pulled out the crockpot and some KoolAid. I tried a new dyeing method. Don’t you just love craft blogs? I found this method at the do stuff! blog. This should make kind of a “spotchy” yarn. Filled the crockpot with water and added some vinegar, even though Kool-Aid has citric acid this is thick wool and I wanted to make sure. Added the wool, poked it down, turned it over, tons of air in this top. You can see air bubbles in the picture. Soaked for about 20 minutes. Then turn crockpot to high; it only has a low and a high setting. Let it “cook” for an hour.
Colors I used; Ice Blue Raspberry, Orange, Strawberry, Lemonade, and Lemon-Lime:
Sprinkled Lemon-lime color on one side and orange on the other. Yes, the Kool-Aid package was torn open and sprinkled directly onto the yarn top. I did have to poke the orange a bit so it would dissolve. You can see some of the orange Kool-Aid chunks in the picture. I left a swath of neutral color in the middle since I know the colors will bleed together. Kinda reminds me of the Italian flag!
Top back on and let it cook. Had to show this picture of my favorite dying tool – the wooden fork! It is the best yarn-poker, turn-the-wet-yarn-over, and lifter-out-of-pot tool ever!
After about 30 min the dye was exhausted. I carefully turned the yarn over, making sure I kept the green side to the left and orange to the right. This time, I sprinkled blue on the green side and 1/2 of the strawberry package onto the orange side. Red is so strong it will just take over if a whole pack is used. Blue + green = Blue-green; Red + orange = red=orange. Yum! Last dye step. After all of the blue and the red have been exhausted, look for any white spots and add yellow lemonade. You can see that there is a small white line going around the yarn top. Gently turn the yarn and add yellow to the back portion. Now the yellow lemonade has been sprinkled all around. After the yellow has been exhausted, I let the yarn cool down in the crockpot. With spun yarn I dump it into a colander to drain the water. This is my first time doing a top, it seems more fragile. I did not want to agitate too much, so I turned the crockpot off and let it cool down slowly.
Ta Da! The final product. I let the top cool down in the crockpot, carefully lifted into the colander to drain for awhile, then gently rinsed in a cake pan. Now it’s on the boot tray to dry. Love the boot trays from Target. They are large, heavy, unbreakable plastic, with about 1/2 inch lip all around. Perfect for putting wet yarn on.
My husband said, “It looks like cotton candy.” 8-) Really is quite vivid. When it dries, I’ll spin it. Can’t wait to see how the splotchy colors turn out!!! Easy peasy way to dye.
Off to sister Barb’s today. What trouble can we get into? At least, how much trouble can we get into that allows Curls to sit with her sprained ankle up?