Dyeing in the kitchen…
Ok, I love dyeing stuff. LOVE IT. Yesterday while trying to avoid the television at all cost (olympic gold medal hockey game – Canada vs USA — quite stressful in our household!) I busied myself with dyeing projects and dinner making all at once… It all turned out beautifully!
I’m so hooked on it though that I promised Elizabeth blank silks that we could paint together… which sounds great. Except everytime I check Dharma Trading I keep adding more and more stuff to my cart — until I have to walk away from the computer – and still, the silks (and 100s of other projects) remain un-ordered! While the ideas/inspiration seem endless, the budget and space to store all these projects is not! Must focus!
On with the dyeing of stuff!
First, we dyed some paton merino wool I had on hand… Elizabeth and I first turned it into a skein (well, first & second — the first one pictured here was much too small… i knew we’d end up with undyed spots!)
Then the kids helped me dye it — we used Wilton Food Colouring this time — colours I had on hand… Oh my goodness, they’re sooo bright! Almost too much — the second I moved the wool the colour ran (the purple mostly) onto the orange — turning a section into a brownish-green colour. I also have random “purple attacking other areas of the wool” spots, but overall it turned out ok. Next time I will try only 2 colours…
[Cheesecloth – before & after]
I had a bunch of the purple solution left over so I threw in some cotton cheese cloth & quilting fabric — it turned a gorgeous blueberry colour… until I rinced it. It turned out crazy pink!! I knew it probably wouldn’t work – but thought “well, it’s just going down the drain — let’s just see…” and now I know!
Then I did a dye test. I have this silk yarn that I bought to make Elizabeth pants last year… I never made the pants, I changed my mind and decided on a dress… and half way through realized I really didn’t like the colour combination – so it’s sat in my stash. Recently I realized I didn’t like the colour at all — and that I wasn’t about to spend time knitting something that wouldn’t be worn… And so I’m going to dye it. I did a few tests – and I think I’ll dye it with red colouring — which of course, out of all the wilton food colouring I have – it’s the only one that was nearly empty and is now fully empty!
I must stock up on blank wool… and silk… and …. (see how this can quickly get out of hand?)