For Christmas each of the kids got a white play silk and a package of Koolaid. Recently we all dyed our silks. This is how we did it.
Soak ’em in hot water.
Mix up Koolaid in one quart jars and place in pot of simmering water.
Dip sections of silks into colors and let simmer about five minutes. We had to move them once to get all the sections colored.
When all the color is used up, the Koolaid looks like this:
Hang to dry. (Silks are so thin, this takes almost no time, even in the cold of winter)
The kids all love thier silks, and now that we’ve got the hang of it, I think we will be doing it more often.
Even V is impressed.
Plain white silk scarf, prehemmed from Dharma Trading (I used the 35″x 35″ size)
Last week I took this:
Knit Picks Bare Fingereing
and put it in this:
a bowl of water.
Then I cooked up some of this:
dye from the walnuts off of our tree
and added my yarn:
I let it simmer all day and all night:
then hung it out to dry:
don’t worry, I put it in the shade after photographing it.
When it was dry, I wound it into a cake:
and oohed and ahhed and made everyone in the house smell it and touch it and admire it and compliment my dyeing prowess.
And this concludes my first attempt at dyeing yarn. I am not incredibly thrilled with the outcome – I had hoped for a more tonal variegation rather than straight tan. I also was looking for something a little more akin to purple. However, this wasn’t about getting a certain end, but rather the learning of a new skill. I think it is only the beginning. It was incredibly exciting.