I was going to try some solar dyeing since we've had so much sunshine here in Germany for the past couple of weeks. Of course that means this is the forcast for the next few days:
I've been on the Elann chat list for quite a while. I'm way behind right now... just like with blogging. I've met some great people on the Elann list. One of them is Bets. Bets must have ESP because here's what I received in an envelope from her yesterday:
I've failed every other time I've tried Kool Aid dyeing but I was determined to succeed this time. I used two of the Mango, two of the Jamaica and one of the Pina Pineapple. I'm saving one Mango and the Tamarindo (it's a Mexican flavor) to drink (gasp!).
Here's what I did: Measured out five ounces of wool (one ounce for each package of Kool Aid). Soaked for a half an hour in some warm water with a glug of vinegar and a couple of squirts of dish soap to help it get wetter. I put the wet roving in a round casserole (Polish Pottery doncha' know). Sprinkled the Kool Aid mix over sections of the "pie". Added water from the soak bucket to the wool. I was careful to only add enough to get the wool wet, but not pool on the bottom of the casserole.
Then I nuked it for two minutes and let it set for two minutes twice. The dye was exhausted after that so I left it alone to cool. Once it was cool I dumped it into a lingerie bag, rinsed and spun it out in the washer.
I'll spin some up tomorrow and show you the results. I think I'm gonna like it.