Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter Egg Dying Experiment

It's the that time of year - the time of year you can get Easter egg dyes and cheap! Today I went out to the drugstore (the only store in town that I know carried the kits) and bought 20 kits. The girls at the store gave me a funny look when I told them what I was using the dye for ("What? That'll work?" was their reply). Even at a discount the kits were more expensive than they could've been but they came out to almost the price of two packets of kool aid (and you get 6 pellets!).

I had some Elann Peruvian Highland wool in white that I decided to use (I ordered some KnitPicks bare a few days ago). The kits came with blue, purple, yellow, orange, pink and green. The purple doesn't really turn out purple unless you add a bit of the pink to it and then it turns a really nice shade (if you add pink to the blue, it turns a really dark bluey-purple). All in all, I think my little experiment turned out really good. The colours are a lot different than how kool aid turns out (I think the colours are a lot more vivid).

Here are the results:





Number one is my favourite and number four is my least favourite. When I was dying #4 I thought I grabbed a pink pellet but it was orange. I don't think I can really over dye it since orange doesn't really go with anything (I keep forgetting and putting orange next to purple - yuck!!!). Anyone like orange and blue?

Temperature: -29C
Sunrise: 8:29am
Sunset: 9:32pm

8 comments:

toni in florida said...

I was raised on orange and blue! They were my high school's colors AND my college colors, too. As I still live in my college town, Gainesville, Fla., home of the Gators, I am quite fond of that combo. Feel free to send it on my way, if you can't stand it. (hint, hint, nudge, nudge)

Megan said...

It's totally yours! Email me your address (megansnelgrove at gmail dot com) and I'll put it in the mail this week.
:)

Jo said...

I really like the yellow and green one - it reminds me of spring and daffodils.

Megan said...

Thanks!
When I asked my brother and Glen which one they liked best they picked the yellow and green one too :)

I dyed up another skein of yellow and green last night (slightly different with two colours of green).

maryannlucy said...

They are great - good job - I would be absolutely over the moon if I had achieved those results, and then I would let the cuddling commence ;-)

Megan said...

Thanks!
I'm still TOTALLY thrilled with how things turn out. I haven't put the skeins away yet and every time I walk by them it makes me happy :D
Can't wait to dye more!

nadine jenine said...

Oh my gosh! I can't believe how well that worked! I love the green one.

toni in florida said...

My yarn arrived yesterday!! It's so pretty, although it may be a little disoriented by the warm temps down here. Thanks a million and I will definitely let you know what it becomes.