What happens when you mix several women obsessed with yarn and knitting, some packages of Kool-Aid, some acid dyes, turkey basters, many hanks of wool and a few pots of hot water?
A whole lot of fun at a yarn dyeing party, that's what!!!
A few weeks ago my best friend had some of the women from our knitting group over and taught us how to dye our own yarn. I was fascinated by the entire process.
Here's a sampling of pictures from the evening.
|Preparing the bare wool for dyeing|
|Vinegar soak for kool-aid dyeing|
|My first attempt at "hand-painting" with kool-aid dyes|
|My best friend Kelly demonstrating the acid dye method|
(isn't she cute! I. Love. Her.!)
|Rinsing and cooling the acid-dyed yarn|
|My very own creation!|
Worsted weight superwash merino
|Another of my creations!|
Merino Wool fingering weight
*The yarn is actually a bit darker than the pictures show, I have horrible lighting!
**Many thanks to my bestie for making those adorable ball-bands for my hand-dyed yarn!!! I love them!!!
***We all got to name our colorways we created that evening. Mine obviously are Sweet Peach Tea (because when I mixed the dye it looked just like peach flavored iced tea) and Mardi Gras (I didn't have yellow, otherwise it would have been official Mardi Gras colors, but I think it works well anyway!).
We all had such a wonderful time at the party. Not only was it an evening of learning something new about a shared hobby, we learned a lot of new things about each other. It was an evening of friendship and fellowship, of laughter and conversation, an evening of six women drawing closer together. I like to imagine the yarn we dyed serving as a heartstring, connecting each one of us to the other, through another, in an invisible weaving of interconnectedness. A tapestry woven not by hands, but by words, by affection, by the knowledge of each other. In this knowledge I am blessed.
And I thank God daily for the blessings of friendship He has bestowed. I am truly rich in what matters most.