My birthday is fast approaching and this year I’ve decided to give myself a great present. Not only will I throw myself a party – Ioften go for the quiet-with-family option – I will have a *dyeing* party. Friends come and provide the laughter, I get to keep the yarn. (Gasp! I know.)
dyed with Kool Aid
I’m going to think this out by typing, and hopefully you’ll all chime in with ideas and options.
It’s been a while since I’ve dyed, and I’ve certainly never hosted a dye shindig. Here’s what I’m thinking: 8-12 people, hanks of yarn all prepped, outside on tables spread with garbage bags. I’ll have premixed the various acid dyes and koolaid.
A few things that I need to think through:
-Yarn application. Do I want the dye in bowls with foam sponge brushes? Do I want it in condiment bottles? What about a few spray bottles?
– Heat setting. I’ve never done that many. I’ve got a big canning pot that I use when I’m doing 1-1.5 kg of worsted weight for sweaters. But that’s immersion. How would I heat-set hanks wrapped in plastic in a large pot? The microwave seems like a slow option. I’ve heard that a dishwasher works – seriously? And would it be usable afterward? Any other ways to set them in large batches?
– Rinsing. I’m hoping to feed people snacks and cakes while the yarn is heat-setting. Then I want help rinsing. Because I hate the rinsing. Since we’ll be outside I am thinking I can just use several buckets and water from the hose.
Other ideas? Notions? Chime in!