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|The yarn, Plymouth Andean Alpaca, is wonderfully soft and fuzzy. Mint green is not my color, so overdyeing has been on my mind for some time.|
|The first task was to turn the center-pull balls into hanks using my niddy noddy. Some balls had a few knots.|
|The skeined yarn got a good soak in tepid water to eliminate air bubbles that could hinder dye absorption.|
|The dye was nothing fancy, just Berry Blue Kool-Aid. It took two three-minute sessions in the microwave for the dye to exhaust.|
|And exhaust it did. The dye water in the well of the saucer is hard to see – it's almost perfectly clear.|
|Before and after. I was hoping for robin's egg blue and that's pretty much what I got. I'm even more pleased the gentle process did not mar the fine hand of the yarn.|
Emboldened by success, I'm ready to experiment further. Hm... it occurs to me that orange Kool-Aid on mint ought to yield a mellow pumpkin or saffron. Hm....