I told Carole I would show her more things dyed in Kool-Aid that are not pink. I did this dyeing last winter, and blogged about it then. To my surprise, I have not yet used this wool. When I did the dyeing, I envisioned that I would not be able to stop myself from casting on something RIGHT AWAY. Hasn't happened; don't know why. But it's very pretty to look at.
Except for the mustard yellow one, where I used some help from an outside source (i.e., yellow food coloring), all these were dyed in Kool-Aid. Even the mustard yellow one started out with Kool-Aid, but the color was icky (lemonade seems to be pretty impotent as a dye color), so I added the food coloring and got that mustard color.
I used the general instructions given in Knitty here. The wool I used was light beige superwash lambswool. Each ball is only 50 grams, 112 meters, of DK-ish weight wool. The thing I learned: To get deep, vibrant colors takes a LOT of Kool-Aid, much more than they recommend in the Knitty article. But it's wicked fun on an otherwise boring day. Works great to counteract SAD.
Top row, left to right:
4 packets strawberry (my favorite. blood-orange red); 8 lemonade/1 orange/plus yellow food coloring; 6 Raspberry Reaction (yes, it's BLUE -- who'da thunk?); 9 lemon-lime.
6 watermelon-kiwi; 3 strawberry/1 grape (aubergine - awesome!); 5 grape/1 strawberry; 3 Raspberry Reaction/3 lemon-lime
I can't find the skein of robin's-egg blue Cascade 220 that I did. I used Raspberry Reaction...I think 8 packets, on a skein of 220. It came out a nice, close-to-pastel robin's egg blue. And I apparently misled you on the orange yarn used in the thrummed mittens. My notes say I used 5 packets orange/1lemonade/1 strawberry to get that color.
More Corriedale roving.
The 2nd felted mitten is half done, and lest anyone thinks I've forgotten my sweaters, I assure you I haven't. I knitted a few rows on Ribby over the weekend, too. And washed one hundred thousand windows. Don't laugh; that's what it felt like! And I'm still only half done! Iggh. And of course, you know what it's doing right now, right? Yep, raining. (and thundering! What's THAT all about, in November?!)
And the question of the day: Is it possible that I am not smart enough to be able to figure out how to use a niddy-noddy?