So, I finally tried my hand at dyeing last weekend. I chose the safest route possible... KA soft drink powder. Well, I dunno if was beginner's luck or a happy accident, but I got this yummy hank of autumnal variegation:
Gaining some self confidence, I attempted a couple of hanks in a coordinating, rusty red:
Lastly, I tried my hand at turquoise for a different project:
I'm really quite amazed at how rich the colors came out and the depth that was achieved. I (wrongly) assumed I would only be able to get jelly bean colors. I used a DK superwash, unbleached, merino wool. There are a TON of tutorials online, but I did it the easy way. First, I filled a large glass mixing bowl with boiling water from the kettle. I then added the drink mix powder (2 packs to start with) and stirred until dissolved. Next I added the pre-soaked wool and added a bit of white vinegar. The drink mix has an intrinsically low pH that acts as its own mordant so the addition of the acetic acid was probably superfluous—but comforting nonetheless. I also added a couple of teaspoons of salt just for good measure. I mixed the wool around a bit with a gloved hand until the water was clear. I added additional drink mix as needed. I ended up using about 4 packs each for the 50 gram hanks of turquoise and red. Trick—if you want that "Malabrigo" multi-tonal look of the red, don't pre-wet the wool. When I was finished with the dye, I then placed the wool in tepid water in the sink with a drop of dishwashing liquid, rinsed and hung to dry. That's it! Cheap. Easy. Quick. FUN.