Recent events have left me wrung out and mentally exhausted. It’s the same things over and over again. The people around me have turned into skipping records, and I am, on the most par, really sick of it all. In order to take some of my mind out of things, I am taking a week-long hiatus from facebook and maybe Twitter. I don’t know about the latter, though. At least I can take most of the day out of there. And don’t get me started on Tumblr. I can stay away from there for days.
Anyway, I am needing to update. Catch you folks up on things. Including yarny knits.
Friday, while I was researching how to dye yarn with food coloring, I found this nifty tutorial on how to dye in the microwave. My interest piqued! I was curious and dug into my yarn stash to try it out.
Using a skein of Fibranatural Shepherd’s Own I found ages ago at (where else?) Tuesday Morning. After soaking the yarn in vinegar water (three cups water, one 1/2 or so vinegar) for about 45 minutes, I added the dye; I used generic gel colors from Hobby Lobby. To a half-cup of water, I added a tablespoon of vinegar and ten or so drops of food coloring. I used three colors – yellow, green, and blue. After pouring the dye into the pot, I gently moved it into the microwave, where I let it heat up in several intervals of three minutes. Then I let it cool and got this Saturday morning:
A quick draining/rinsing, and I hung it up to dry.
The green overtook the other two, but there are spots of them still around the yarn. Also, there are spots of undyed yarn around. However, I am loving it. The dye bath did nothing to remove the crimp and the spring of the yarn, and frankly, I am willing to use the other two skeins I got for further experimentation. Or try to find that skein of sock yarn for it. So many things to do with dye.
I should be doing the Writing Challenge, but that will be tomorrow. I’m promise you.