Monday, July 20, 2009

Blue in Green

My first handpainted colorway inspired me to attempt a second colorway but this time taking advantage of the blue/green family. (Basically, purple is so darn hard that I am removing it from my rainbow!)

I dissolved 3 packets of Blue raspberry lemonade Kool-Aid and 3 packets of Kool-Aid lemonade into 1/2 cup of water. I then set up my color gradient as follows:

  • 30 mL yellow Kool-Aid mix, 10 drops yellow food coloring
  • 25 mL yellow Kool-Aid mix, 5 mL blue Kool-Aid mix, 9 drops yellow food coloring, 1 drop NEON blue food coloring
  • 20 mL yellow Kool-Aid mix, 10 mL blue Kool-Aid mix, 7 drops yellow food coloring, 3 drops NEON blue food coloring
  • 15 mL yellow Kool-Aid mix, 15 mL blue Kool-Aid mix, 5 drops yellow food coloring, 5 drops NEON blue food coloring
  • 10 mL yellow Kool-Aid mix, 20 mL blue Kool-Aid mix, 3 drops yellow food coloring, 7 drops NEON blue food coloring
  • 5 mL yellow Kool-Aid mix, 25 mL blue Kool-Aid mix, 1 drop yellow food coloring, 9 drops NEON blue food coloring
  • 30 mL blueKool-Aid mix, 10 drops NEON blue food coloring

Following the protocol of my other hand-painted yarn (see archive), I painted this skein starting with yellow and blue at either end, and painting the different greens in the middle. The yellow at the end stuck out a little too much for my taste, so I wicked some of the lime green into it to make it less severe.

The color changes in the swatch are subtle and pretty. I really want to try this same colorway on 100% wool!