That’s what it seems like these past couple of days! All that’s been in my head have been the limitless color combinations I could possibly put together onto some lovely woolly strands, and it’s fun to think about, but very time consuming.
When I get out the paper and crayons and start scribbling some stripes to design a potentially winning combo, nothing else gets done until it’s found. Then I have to start the planning phase. Which yarn would work with these colors? How much yarn should I dye? Should I use acid dye, Kool-Aid or Wilton’s colors? Or should I try RIT dye on cotton? And on it goes.
So, before I ramble on too much more about dyeing yarn (because I really think I’m becoming obsessed with this new hobby), let me start posting pictures about this wonderful day’s fun.
This skein, and the one at top right, are the same skein, believe it or not. I just rolled it over to take another picture. I’m calling this one “Electric Lilies”, although I’m not sure that this colorway will be a keeper.
Aqua, blues, teals and greens are my favorite colors, so I love how this skein’s colors blended. I’ve decided to call this one “Dragon”. Both of these skeins are approximately 233 yards, and are 100% Merino worsted weight that is ideal for felting.
After I finished twisting these lovely skeins of yarn, my teen asked me if I would put his Kool-Aid yarn into a skein like mine. So I did and he liked it so much, he wanted me to add it to my inventory of handpainted yarns to see if anyone would show any interest in it.
“But,” I said, “I was going to make a felted bag out of it.”
“But Mom,” he said, “you can always dye more of this.”
I couldn’t convince him otherwise. Regardless of my sentimental reasons for keeping it (my teen’s first Kool-Aid handpainted yarn), I did have to finally admit that there was sure to be someone out there who loved pink and purple yarn. Then I made the mistake of telling him that if there was, and it sold, I’d give him 100% of the profit. Now he’s all excited.
And, of course, wouldn’t you know my youngest son had to have HIS Kool-Aid handpainted yarn twisted up into a nice skein, too. But he wants to keep his, and that’s what I’ll use to make that felted bag. We’ve renamed his yarn, too. That skein on the right is now known as “Tuti Fruti Melons”.