I have managed to post this before chasing the darling boys into shower and cooking dinner.
The above are some Californian Giant Petunias that I beheaded to coax some more flowers,couldn't bear to throw them in the bin so they were table decoration for New Years Day!They are huge( though DH didn't appreciate the smell,I mean, perfume......)
Well I finally made it to trying the food dye method of dyeing as in Yarns Magazine!
I think it worked pretty well,considering that 4 boys suddenly appeared and were keen to help.With infinite patience I was able to guide them through the process with only one blunder which was more my fault.I had left one skein(small) cooling in a basin of water, while the next lot was cooling and in the flurry of fiddling, loaded the washing machine which emptied straight into the basin.I have sneaking suspicion that either the kids overloaded the wool with dye or the soap from the machine made the colours run together.It is a lovely green but started yellow and blue.I had trouble with micowave dyeing fabric some time ago and it reacted in a similiar way.I am hoping that the food colouring is set this time and we followed the directions to the point!( though I am very worried I may not be able to use wool wash when yarn is eventually made into little socks!!!!!)
I have two of the blue green one and one green(not photoed) and a red yellow mix. I 'm quite happy with this experiment! Now to order some white wool from Bendigo Mills ( this lot above, came from some baby knitting years ago ) ,I want some bright sock wool ,maybe the cream patonyle I scored off ebay may keep urge at bay until Xmas is paid off!!!!!!!