Microwave Dyeing

I’ve been buying packets of KoolAid. It’s a powder drink which you dilute to taste, and comes in many flavours.

The flavours are chosen mainly for their colour, so lots of red colours, depending on what’s available in the shops.

I soak the yarn in lukewarm water with a splash if liquid detergent (washing up liquid), then on with the rubber gloves.

Then, I used a packet (or more) of the powder in a microwave able bowl, and stir it until all the powder is dissolved.

Rinse the soaking wool in lukewarm water, then put it in the powder mixture.

Put the bowl in the microwave, and I let it run for 15 minutes. What you need is for the water to be clear, which means the yarn has dissolved all the colour of the dye.

Let it cool, then wash and rinse in lukewarm water. Remember to squeeze the yarn, not rub it or it will felt/shrink!

Leave the yarn to dry, and marvel at the new colour.

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Another  O!RASH Sock in progress, hopefully 2 sell.

Alpaca wool on toe & heel.  Self striping, blue mix colour yarn, for main part of the socks. Crocheted ties, woven into the cuffs.

*UPDATE:  Finished!  Waiting 2 sell.

O!RASH – Operation Replace All Socks with Handmade

Hot Socks


I’m doing a nu ORASH (Operation Replace All Socks with Handmade) sock.

I’ll also hoping to sell them @ Hither Green Week, the end of May.  They have a picot cuff  & a crochet alpaca tie, also in the cuff.


The heel & toe, is knitted with alpaca yarn.


I’m using a self-striping yarn, I bought from Avicarft Wool Shop in Bromley, some time ago.  See last pick for yarn details.


Hot Socks.  circus colour by Four Seasons.  75% virgin wool superwash &        25% Polyamide.  100g/420m. Recommended needle size: 2.5mm – 3mm.  I’m using 3mm, bamboo double pointed needles.  I bought this yarn from Avicraft Wool Shop, in Bromley, Kent.  I think it cost between £6-£8, I can’t remember.

I’ve completed the 1st foot, & i’m onto the 2nd foot, so I don’t suffer from 2nd sock syndrome!

*Already sold!