Today's Episode: Girl meets yarn. Girl falls for yarn. Girl embarrasses herself, but it seems that things might still work out between them.
When I went to Rhinebeck in 2006, I was on a mission. I wanted to find yarn that I could dye with Kool-Aid. I remember reading about it on other people's blogs, and it looked really fun. After researching all of the natural-colored yarns I could find (for softness and price), I ended up with some of Green Mountain Spinnery's Green Mountain Green. Perfect.
When I was purchasing the yarn, I asked the sales lady if I could use Kool-Aid to dye this yarn. And she winced. Later, when I was remembering what happened, I was sure that I must have projected that wince. Kool-Aid seems like such a low-brow way to dye yarn, and I was was feeling a little insecure.
In the summer of 2007, I started entering my yarn into Ravelry, and I happened to read the tag on my Green Mountain Green yarn.
Fibers for this yarn are GREENSPUN using vegetable based soaps and oils in the processing and then washed gently to preserve the natural sheen and resilience. To retain the chemical free nature of this yarn wash gently in lukewarm water using vegetable oil based soap.
Wow, I had a laugh at that. I wanted to take this yarn that was lovingly processed chemical free, and dye it with Kool-Aid. I still giggle a little bit when I think about it. I decided that I would find another way to change the color, and after eating some wonderful locally grown beets this summer, I had my solution.
Incidentally, I bought more of this yarn at Rhinebeck 2007 (for my Cobblestone pullover) and the sales lady remembered me. She admitted that she did, in fact, wince. We had a laugh, and I told her about my beets plan, and everything was good.
The next step was gathering the the supplies (and the courage) to dye the yarn. I had been putting it off for months, but finally on a whim and a Wednesday night, I got started.