To prepare the yarn I allowed it to soak in plain water until the yarn was thoroughly wet. I let some soak overnight, but that length of time is not necessary. It would help to bring the dye bath to a boil before adding the yarn, this way when the yarn is absorbing the dye you can keep it on a low heat to prevent burning. Additionally, since this is a machine washable wool blend, felting is not a concern. Too much heat and agitation can change the texture of this yarn, but you you don't need to be as careful as you would if you were stove-top dyeing 100% wool.
Yellow Stove-top Dyeing:
- 1 packet KoolAid lemonade (yellow)
- 30 drops of yellow food coloring
Yellow-Orange colorway (Stove-Top)
- Create a dye-bath with 1 packet Kool-Aid Orange
- Add 10 drops red, 5 drops yellow food coloring.
Orange Stove-Top Skein
- Use the remaining dye-bath from above and a fresh, undyed skein.
Drip Dyeing a Pre-Knit square
- Dye-bath: Cleared water from previous dyeing (above). The water should still have citric acid in it and work to dye the wool.
Bring the dye-bath to a boil. Dip the pre-knit square in the water, and spread it out as much as possible. Using food coloring, drop color over the square in a random pattern WITHOUT stirring the water. Allow to simmer until you see the dyebath becoming a single color. Remove the knit square and allow to cool. Wash in mild soap and luke warm water. Hang to dry.
You get more of a spot of color when the yarn is closer to the surface. If you are unhappy with the pattern that you created, and want more color in a section, make a new clear dye-bath and add more color to the sections you feel need it.
Unravel the square, and wind into a ball.
- Use remaining dyebath from the dip dyeing of the square.