This is what I started with . You see that green yarn? Get a good look because you won't see it again. I was trying to over dye it, and it didn't quite work out. Guess I was drinking the Kool Aid when I came up with that idea. The yarn is Patons Classic wool Merino. I had 3 skeins of white, but 1 of them got knotted up, so that left me 2. It took me quite some time to put those skeins into hanks. I don't have the proper equipment, so I used a tall boot shoe box. Worked well.
I wanted to do 2 skeins the same so I could make another felted bag, or a long scarf, but once I started I changed my mind. This first one I wanted to make rainbow/variegated. Now I did soak the yarn first, so the color was sucked right up. I mixed one packet of Kool Aid with 6 tablespoons of water. Very potent = very vibrant. Which is fine, because that's what I wanted. This skein is grape, ice blue raspberry lemonade, lemon lime, black cherry, and a splash of orange. At first, I was not impressed. I actually said, out loud, "This looks like something a 4 year old made. It looks like crap!" I was a little disappointed.
But after cooking in the microwave (which prompted a laughing comment of "What are you doing in there?" from my hubby) this is how it turned out. And I like it.
I liked the orange so much, that I did one skein just orange and fruit punch. Next time I'll keep the un-dyed portions down to a minimum.
And now here are the finished skeins all wound up. I still don't know what I am going to make with them. I think I have enough for a skinny scarf or something.
The next time I dye yarn, yes there will be a next time, I am only going to do two colors, the ice blue raspberry lemonade and the lemon lime. Whole skeins to make a bag, so maybe two skeins each? I like how those colors came out and think they would be nice knitted together. Regarding instructions, I had my dear friend Suzy as a resource and then I just Googled Kool Aid dyeing. Oh, and this was indeed, an all day project.