Saturday, February 27, 2010

More photos! Batches 2 and 3

Here's the start of the second batch.

I used a different technique this time. I folded half the dry wool in the bottom of the pot and sprinkled one 7g packet of orange kool-aid on the one half, then one of cherry on the other half. After that, I folded the remaining wool on top of the flavoured wool and sprinkled one more packet of orange on the first half, then one of cherry on the second half.

I slowly and carefully poured water into the pot, then gently pushed the whole mess down so it was under water. I set the slow cooker on Hi and forgot about it for a few hours (I was busy taking apart the blue and brown sweater).

There was still an orange tinge in the water, so I added some vinegar and left it another half hour. No change, so I decided to dump it, rinse it, and be done with it.

I wasn't sure about the colour at first and considered overdyeing it to add some interest, but...

I think I like it :-)

Here are the two first batches together.

So, I started a third batch. 30 drops of neon green food colouring on the right side, 20 drops of blue on the left side.

Gently poke it down so the dye has a change to spread.

Forget about it for a few hours.

It's ready! I had trouble taking the picture because there was too much vapour coming from the surface - it got hotter than my other batches.

Isn't it beautiful? Too bad it doesn't smell as nice as the other ones though... If I were to sell this, I'd consider adding a little bit of essential oils to the dye bath so it smelled good, like the Kool-Aid-dyed batches.

And here it is after it's all nice and dry...

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