Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Miss Elle plays with kool aid...

So I'm a little crazy obsessed with Harry Potter... And I'm a member of the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup on Ravelry. We all get sorted in to houses, and then a three month period counts as a whole year, with classes running for a month that we craft for and earn points. There are also OWLs which run for three months, and NEWTs which are four months.

We also play Quidditch, which are little challenges that we can also take part in. Whilst one class a month is compulsory to maintain your sorting priority (you sort every "year" in case you want to try out a different house), Quidditch is optional.

I'm a 7th year Slytherin now, and I occasionally dabble in Quidditch. This year I've decided to take part in as much as I can because they are fun, and challenge me to do things I haven't done before.

Such as dye yarn. Whilst I have assisted the wonderful KnitCave in dyeing her yarn, I've never done it all by myself. And so when the last Quidditch challenge of dye yarn with food safe dyes came along... I took the plunge.

Kool aid is weird. Americans drink it! Crazy right?! It dyes yarn and they drink it.

So I gathered my materials, and started with soaking the yarn.

After letting it soak for about 30 minutes I gently squished the excess water out, and then lay it on my counter, on top of kitchen towel which was on top of cling film. I mixed my kool aid together (3 sachets of mixed berry and 3 sachets of lemon-lime), and then used my sucky up squirty needle thingies to suck up and squirt the kool aid on to the yarn.

After squishing the dye into the yarn (remember to wear gloves... this stuff will dye your skin too) I wrapped it up in cling film, and popped it into the microwave for about 4 minutes.

I checked the water was running clear (this means the dye has taken on the yarn), and then left it to cool.

After it was nice and cool, I rinsed the yarn, just in case there was any colour left to come out, and then hung it up to dry. Once it was dry I reskeined using a swift and my niddy noddy (such funny words for crafting tools!) and this mixed up the colours very nicely to give me this gorgeous skein:

Ta da! And now I can't wait to knit up some fabulously bright socks. Which still smell faintly of that sweet kool aid drink.


PS: I may now be tempted to buy some acid dyes and play with grown up dyeing. Eeep!

PPS: Here is a picture of green fingers oooo!

1 comment:

  1. That's beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the socks :)