Monday, May 29, 2006

2 down a bazillion to go

I managed to finish two projects this weekend. Granted neither were particularly difficult (provide that one can count stitches). The simple garter knit scarf from the discount yarn that I will sell at the craft show is now done. As is my clapotis. I blocked the clapotis as I wasn't keen on how it was curling up. Duh - stockinette. Oh well, either way, I love it and am very tempted to buy more of the kimik yarn just to make this again. However, I have oodles of yarn in my stash that needs to be worked before I can consider buying more just for the sake of stash enhancement. But so far, the best has been overdyeing the ugly gray and white yarn that I bought on clearance. I was not enamored of it but couldn't resist the price when I bought it. As I am on a bit of a purple kick lately, I decided to overdye it. As I mentioned yesterday, I started using the Paas, but it didn't really come out as I hoped. So, I picked up a bunch of kool-aide at the grocery store yesterday. As there are a lot of great tutorials out there on Kool-aide dyeing, I'm not going to reinvent the wheel. I used a ration of 3 packs of Kool-aide for each 3.5 oz. skein. I used 2 grapes and 1 black cherry and it came out beautifully. I am so happy with the results. The shades of color are much better than I expected. When I used the Paas, I heated the dyepot on the stove, but for the Kool-aide, I stuck the pot out in the sun because it was about 90 degrees yesterday - blech. I have already wound the first hank into a ball and cast on for another felted hat.


Anonymous Dipsy D. said...

Hi from Austria! Oh, you did such a great job with dyeing that yarn, the colors are so luscious and soft, absolutely amazing - my favorites if I might add :)
I'm looking forward to seeing pics of your Clapotis. congrats on finishing it!

5/30/2006 02:10:00 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I love the colors of your dyed yarn! Who knew what kool-aid could do!

5/30/2006 09:46:00 PM  
Blogger gale said...

Your overdyes look fabulous. I love koolaid on gray- I tried it on light gray last year and just came into a load of darker gray skeins that I plan to do the same. Must find some black cherry & grape!

5/31/2006 03:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Pink Dandelion said...

Oooh I'm drooling over your yarn - and not because of the grape flavor ;-)

Amazing dye job!

6/02/2006 09:33:00 AM  

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