Latest Crock Pot Creation
My only creative pursuit on the weekend was dying this skein of yarn. I was going to clear a space on my desk this morning to take a photo, but I kind of liked the impromptu collage created by the clutter around it, so left it as it was.
This yarn (Knit Picks Peruvian Highland Wool) was dyed with Kool-aid in the crock pot again, but this time I mixed several flavours, and dyed it twice. For the first dye I used three packets of Lemon-Lime, one Ice-Blue Raspberry Lemonade and a touch of Strawberry. Then I added some green food colouring and a scoop of Iced Tea. I have no idea if the Iced Tea actually did anything, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
After rinsing, I did a second dyeing with one packet of Lemon-Lime, two Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade, a bit of Orange and Strawberry, and more green food colouring. I was wondering what that mixture would taste like, but I didn’t try it! (The second dye was also very blue and milky looking, and reminded me of Bridget Jones and her “string soup!”) In a small bowl, I mixed up more of the same colours in a tiny bit of water for a highly concentrated mixture of brownish-green, and I dribbled it over the yarn here and there, to create a semi-solid variegated blend.
The variations in colour are very subtle (not even really visible in the photo) but it ended up a lovely mossy-grassy colour. I’m happy with it, even if it is a bit spring-like for an October yarn! I think this yarn is destined to become a pair of mittens.
That’s all I have to show for the weekend, but I have to say…. there’s something extremely satisfying about taking a blank, snow-white skein of yarn, throwing it in a pot with a few packets of drink mix, and creating a beautiful, one-of-a-kind new colour!