|Skeins hanging to dry|
|"Earthling" - Lemon Lime and Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade Kool Aid (slow cooker)|
|"Calcifer" - Orange and Strawberry Kiwi Kool Aid, overdyed with yellow and red Club House food colouring (stove top, microwave)|
- I tried 3 heat methods - stovetop in a HUGE pot, smallish slow cooker, and microwave. The big pot was great for even all over colour as the yarn had lots of room to swim. The crockpot did a fabulous multicolour kettle dye. Microwaving is fastest, easiest, has the least cleanup time, and works for handpaints as well as kettle dyes.
- If you don't have gloves, don't worry. Your hands go really awesome colours and it washes off after two or so days.
- Yarn that looks fabulous in the skein may knit up catastrophically. Live and learn I guess.
- Overdye your failed attempts. You have nothing to lose and you may get something really great. Overdying gives your yarn depth of colour and can either tone down or brighten up a skein beautifully.
- If you tie your skein too tightly, dye can't get in under the ties. Sometimes this looks good. Other times it looks very bad.
- Naming your colourways is great. I would go so far as to say it is a necessity. Do it. Photograph them too.
- If you drop your purse with canisters of Wiltons loose in the bottom, they will probably crack and leak.
- If you use Kool Aid, the smell lingers. If you knit that yarn into wool covers for cloth diapers, your baby's dirty bum will smell a bit like fruit. With this experience under your belt you will have a serious aversion to the consumption of Kool Aid and to simulated fruit flavours in general. This is probably a good thing.
|"Lakshmi" - Wiltons Burgundy, Rose, and Delphinium Blue. Stunning in the skein, HIDEOUS knitted up. (microwave)|
|"Lakshmi 2.0" - overdyed with red food colouring. Knits up beautifully. (microwave)|
|"Lucky Charm" - Cherry, Orange, Lemon Lime, Ice Blue, and Grape Kool Aid; yellow food colouring (microwave)|
|"TwiHard" - Wiltons Burgundy and Delphinium Blue (microwave)|