Hubby loves to walk in the woods around the farm, and since some of these walks occur during hunting season, we both agree that he should have a bright orange hat. I offered to knit it and set out to find some yarn – which was easier said than done. I found some bright oranges in cotton and acrylic, but I really wanted to make him a wool hat. Fortunately, this dilemma coincided with my good friend Sara starting to experiment with kool-aid dying in her crockpot, so she agreed to dye some Knit Picks Bare Superwash Merino for me in bright orange.
She calls this colorway “Koi,” which I think is totally fitting – isn’t it lovely? She gave it to me in a hank and I wish I had taken photos of it before winding into a ball, you could really see the changes in color density. She said the superwash wool was particularly dye thirsty, so not only did it take a LOT of kool-aid (7 packets for 100 g), but the parts that touched the dye first are much brighter. The yarn also smells ever-so-faintly of orange, which I love.
Sara has also agreed to dye some sport weight yarn for me to make socks. I’ve given her complete creative license and am really excited to see what she makes!