Tired of candy colored yarn?
By starting with a light pink yarn, in a shade with a tad blue, we dyed some warm, clear colors that don't scream "juvenile."
Here are photos of pastel pink colored wool yarn overdyed with Kool-Aid, McCormick Food Color drops and Wilton Icing Color.
A. Yellow McCormick = caramel
B. Red McCormick = watermelon
C. Blue McCormick = slate blue
D. Green McCormick = grass
E. Neon Purple McCormick = grape bubblegum
F. Neon Pink McCormick = watermelon
G. Neon Blue McCormick = sailboat blue
H. Neon Green McCormick = grass under the swimming pool
I. Blue Wilton = sailor blue
J. Brown Wilton = ginger snap
K. Burgundy Wilton = dusty rose
L. Copper Wilton = orange soda pop
M. Gold Wilton = caramel
N. Kelly Wilton = kelly
O. Lemon Wilton = aspen leaves
P. No Taste Red Wilton = tangerine
Q. Red Wilton = carnation
R. Sky Wilton = bright baby blue
S. Violet Wilton = royal purple
T. Yellow Wilton = carmel
U. Black Cherry Kool-Aid = Flash Gordon red
V. Berry Blue Kool-Aid = dark baby blue
W. Grape Kool-Aid = grape juice
X. Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid = canned peas
Y. Strawberry Kool-Aid = fire truck
Z. Orange Kool-Aid = orange
Samples are 1 yard of Lion Brand Fishermen's wool.
The amount of food color in each dye bath was 1 drop McCormick, a trace of Wilton coating a toothpick or 1 tablespoon dilution of Kool-Aid (1 packet Kool-Aid to 8 ounces water).
The samples were soaked in the dyebath for a full day before heating.
Notes on how to overdye light pink yarn:
Overdyeing light pink is great when you have too much pink yarn.
It is also a great way to make sure your recipes with red3 don't crock.
Rather than dye you yarn all at once, dye the yarn a shade of pink. Allow it to dry and then overdye with a second color.
This technique works great for mixes with blue because blue needs more vinegar than red.Videos about Hand-Paint Immersion, Breaking Black and more.