it's always problematic to have an idea in mind when thinking of yarn-based projects, especially when it comes to colour. when buying commercial yarns, one is always at the whims of colour trending and, well, the finite nature of yarn collections. i needed a pale robin's egg blue at a certain gauge for a project i have been needing to do for too long now but couldn't find the perfect thing anywhere (i left city of craft with a perfect skein from kristyn but it ended up too bulky for the pattern i came up with so it is going into another thing).
the point is, last night, it was time to get craft-empowered and take my fate into my own hands. guess what? dying yarn with food colouring and vinegar is painless, fumeless and easy. having no microwave or crock pot, it took a bit to find a stove top tutorial (which is basically the same, but it was my first time so i felt jumpy). i went with these instructions. so simple!
i split an undyed merino skein in half and ended up using only one drop of blue on the dyed half resulting in this pale blue:
i actually would have preferred it to be a little less even (which is a great complaint to have) and find the colour more hospital that robin's egg, but i think i made out pretty well for a trip to the grocery store and a stab in the dark.