I knew this dyeing would take a long time so I started it while watching the Superbowl. This was the first time I've ever tried dyeing with snow. I'd seen some really fun pictures of ice dyeing (where you sprinkle the dye on top of ice cubes), and I know parents who will help their kids paint snow with food coloring so I thought it would be fun to use this as a technique to apply dye to yarn.
An hour into the dyeing (and the Patriots are winning, wahoo!) and there has shockingly been only a tiny about of melting. I have a feeling that this will take all night.
My bathroom smelled AMAZING as I was waiting for the snow to melt. I'd like to do an experiment sometime where I snow dye two miniskeins of wool. One I set with heat in the micrwoave and the other I just rinse out. I wonder how much of this binds to the yarn without heat.
Before I went to bed there were a few specks of snow left so I decided to leave it until morning. I filled my bucked up with more snow and left it in the back hall (below freezing). What do you think I'm going to try next? I am feeling so inspired and this (clean) snow will only be around for so long.
Video Contents (Skip ahead to the part you need!) Apparently the links only work to take you to the correct spot if you are watching from YouTube's website but at least you have the time marks so you can skip around as needed.
[0:00] Introduction & Setup of the Dyeing Experiment
[1:20] Putting Snow on the Yarn
[3:23] Sprinkling the KoolAid Dye on the snow
[6:21] T = 20 min
[6:52] T = 1 hour
[8:30] T = 1.5 hrs
[10:40] T = 2.5 hrs
[11:23] T = 4 hrs
[12:38] All the snow is melted! T = 5+ hrs
[12:48] The next morning, preparing the fiber for microwaving
[17:26] In the microwave
[18:02] Cooling down
[18:39] Washing the fiber
[20:15] Final reveal of the yarn and conclusions