Crochet has been one of my favourite quiet time activities for the past few years. There’s nothing better than picking up a ball of yarn, a hook, and watching hockey while weaving up something awesome.
It’s a hobby I would recommend to anyone. After a few rows, I find myself completely de-stressed. It’s like yoga, but for people who don’t like exercise. ha.
A few weeks ago, I saw a tutorial online on dying wool yarn with KoolAid. I was intrigued. But kind of bummed out. We are pretty much a no juice house hold – no KoolAid here. Besides the big red jug kind of creeps me out.
I had other things in the cupboard that I felt would work. I mean have you ever used Wilton Gel colouring? It’s left me with coloured hands for days in the past! It just had to work.
But I didn’t want to paint the yarn. I didn’t want the work of a multi coloured skein of yarn, but I wanted the look. How could I make that happen?
I racked my brain until I realized that it would be so easy to create an ombre yarn without having to switch out my yarn in mid project if only I could reduce the amount of dye that was absorbed by the yarn in a somewhat consistent pattern.
Enter the ball.
By wrapping my yarn in a ball, I was able to reduce the amount of dye soaked into the yarn – the middle receiving much less dye than the outer layers.
I’m thrilled with the result.
I’ve posted the tutorial over on Instructables.