Monday, September 18, 2006

Instructions for Dying Wool with Koolaid- Variegated look

As requested....

For a strong colour effect-use 4-5 packets per 100g wool
For Pale use 2-3 per 100g

210 mill Water and 30 mil vinegar per packet. (7:1 Ratio)

What to do:
Soak yarn in mild soap and luke warm water for 20-30 min.

Empty your packages of of drink mix [important: use no sugar!] into a pot (or several pots if your doing variegated), Add water and vinegar. Stir to dissolve. Bring water to a simmer, Turn the element off. (or cheat as I did and use Boiling water from the jug and let it cool a bit while the wool soaks)

Add your yarn, leave for 20-30 min OR until the water turns milky white or clear. (Mine only took 2-3min)

~~When using more then one colour, add the lightest colour to the dye first. dye a little more then you would like to show in the final result. (this allows you to blend the colours rather then having white patches). Then repeat for the other colours, leaving the bulk of each yarn in each pot, until water turns clear or milky.~~

Let it cool.

When the yarn has cooled, rinse it thoroughly in luke warm water (the same temperature as the yarn) [shocking wool with cold water could cause it to felt]. Wash the yarn in mild soap, rinse again.
Lay hank of wool onto a towel, fold towel around the yarn length ways. Placing a foot on one end of the towel and gently twist the towel, thus removing the excess water. Hang it the shade to dry.

I think that's it....Let Me know if this doesn't make sense.


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