I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
My first full batch, in the sun.
Next, I tried a whole bunch of smaller batches in a super light weight yarn. I wanted to play around.
Overall, I've been finding my pace.
I did a couple other batches in one day: smaller experiments in a super white cotton - the cotton really, really takes the color - and two nicer wool. I still need to keep the colors a bit separate, but I got a blue/red and a red/yellow/green - vision, yay! - that look super nice. I'd like the blue to come out brighter, but from what I understand, blue is notoriously hard to take. I do like what I have.
Notes: I still got some red in the yellow, just little spots. I'd like to clear that up, but my technique is so vastly superior this time around, I'm a little shocked I'm catching up this quickly. I'd also like to figure out how to make the colors brighter up even more. I think I suspect I know how, and won't manage until September. (I think I need to let the water run through the excess dye without squeezing it out after they're heated, and then let them dry. It's just tricky until I have my own place.)
I also put the colors too close when in the oven: a little yellow got into the blue, turning into green. So not perfect, but such minor issues I'm going to dye for a blanket soon, in sets of two, I think.
I also didn't burn the yarn - I did, but didn't realize how badly until I spun it to start knitting, and it's so brittle it breaks a bit when I'm knitting - or felt it, like I did before. So my heat-setting technique is also vastly superior. I sprayed it with water when it was in the oven every now and then.
I also experimented with kool-aid on the cotton and I will not be doing that again: I do not like how the colors come out. Now to find a brighter red dye for my Vision, and I'll be happy. I also need to find a less expensive source of dye, since it's super expensive.
I'll post pictures of the next batches when they dry, possibly tomorrow.
I also knit one skein and am halfway through another. I can go over them each in a post, if you guys want. Some of the people I'm friends with are yarn/knitting people and some are not.
Oh, I also got blood taken earlier and the woman who took my blood said something about my knitting. I'm now knitting her a pair of gloves.
Lemme know what you think: do you want updates, or is this just gonna be a huge PITA? If enough people go 'naw', I probably won't bother with more. If people like but don't say 'naw' or say 'yes, more', I'll keep posting.