This huge banner has been hanging outside of the Carnegie Museum of Art for a little while now. Very nebulous, very much open to interpretation.
I interpret this banner as “Pittsburgh is currently not a fun city, but I would like it to be”. I guess whoever wrote this statement hasn’t been hanging out with me and my knitting group. Today we all got together at Cheryl’s place for a kool-aid yarn dyeing party. I had a blast!
Dyeing yarn with kool-aid is pretty fool-proof. Here’s how I dyed my merino lace weight yarn.
1) Start with a white or light colored yarn or roving (animal fibers work best). Prep the fiber by soaking it thoroughly in water for about 10-15 minutes, then squeeze (not wring) out the excess water.
2) Empty the kool-aid packets into a cup and stir in some water. It doesn’t really matter how much water you use. What matters most is the amount of kool-aid since that’s what soaks into the fiber. Be careful mixing colors so you don’t end up with a muddy brown, unless that’s the color you’re aiming for.
3) Place the yarn into a microwave safe plastic kitchen baggie and pour the kool-aid mix over the yarn. I used 2 packets of orange first, then mixed up 2 packets of lemonade to pour over the remaining undyed bits.
4) Close the baggie and gingerly mush/knead the wet yarn around to more evenly distribute the color.
5) Nuke it in the microwave for 2 minutes, let it sit for a few minutes, *then nuke it again (rep from *) until the water in the baggie becomes clear.
6) Carefully place the hot yarn in the sink for a bath. Use wool wash if you like to get out any excess color that didn’t properly set in.
7) Wrap the yarn in a towel to absorb the water, then hang up to dry.
A word of caution, try not to agitate the yarn too much throughout this entire process or it may felt.
Some of my friends used turkey basters on their sock blanks to create patterns with the kool-aid, and others poured the raw kool-aid right onto the fiber. All these methods seemed to work great. Can’t wait to see what everyone makes with their fiber. Me, I think an orange lace weight shawl is in order.
On my birthday last week I spied this cute crocheted planter hanging at the intersection where I get off the bus every morning.
It’s a project called Guerrilla Gardening Pittsburgh. The tag says “Please water me?” which I have already started to do regularly. I named the plant P. Hank DeSoto, and plan to take a photo of him every week to document his progress. I just hope nobody steals him!
ETA: Monday morning. Well isn’t this just lovely? Over the weekend someone stole the plant. Great, just great. 😦