I got a great goody bag when I bought my ticket to Stitch 'n Pitch from a local shop. It was filled with some great stuff. A t-shirt, hat, and water bottle, two skeins of yarn, a pair of Knit Lite needles, and a couple of Louisa Harding books! Well one of the yarns is a gorgeous yarn by Cascade Yarns called Lana D'oro and it is 50% superfine alpaca and 50% wool. It is so soft! But the color is awful. It is a light yellow with a green tinge to it. It looks sickly. (the picture does not portray how yellow/green this yarn is)
So my first thought was to over dye it. But I have no desire to get into dyeing because it requires that first investment. I had heard of dyeing with Kool-Aid and thought that would be easy, fun, and I could just use the pot and tongs that I already use in the kitchen. So I went in search of Kool-Aid hoping to find a blue but couldn't find that color so I went with purple. I googled Kool-Aid dyeing and found this tutorial. (isn't the Internet awesome!)
First I washed the yarn lightly in some mild soap and let it soak while I got the Kool-Aid ready in the pot. The tutorial says you use one packet for each ounce of yarn. Mine is only 1.75 ounces but I used three packets because I wanted a deep purple. I transferred the yarn over to the pot, added a little more water, and turned on the heat. I can't tell you how weird it was to be cooking my yarn!
Right before it started to boil I turned the heat off and put a lid on the pot. It sat for 30 minutes and I stirred it a few times during that time.
When the time was up I checked the water and it was practically clear. It was amazing that the yarn had soaked it all up. I then took it out and rinsed it in equally hot water so that the yarn wouldn't felt. And I was sure to use gloves because I really wasn't sure if I would get purple hands and I didn't want to risk it!
This picture of it in my hand is the most accurate portrayal of the color. Isn't it gorgeous!
I couldn't believe how dark and gorgeous the color turned out to be! I hung it outside to dry while secretly worrying that what happened to to the Yarn Harlot would happen to me. Squirrels! But I hung it high and I think it will be safe.It sure smells delicious!