My thanks go out to all of you who had so wonderful tips on dyeing with natural ingredients. I will definitely try the one or other, beet root for example keeps sticking in my mind. But for now I moved on to food colour. No Kool-aid here and it will probably never reach here! I tried to by some sachets on ebay...
No. - no trying there: I did buy some Kool-aid on ebay, but it got confiscated by customs for now. Have to sort this problem out later.
In the meantime I have to use what's available. The picture shows Reyner's food colour, a British product, and sósulitur, an Icelandic product to colour gravy or more enhance its colour to a dark yummy brown. I only used the Reyner's but wanted to show you what's available round here.
I opted for simple stripes, and tied up the skein:
*Lanett superwash 100% merino light yellow
*50 g only because this is still the experiment chapter of my dying career)
The plan was to have stripes in yellow, orange and red, whereby orange was meant to be the main colour.
I mixed three Sisu-glasses (isn't it a crime that IKEA stopped selling those!?) with water, vinegar and food colour. Each three table spoons for red and yellow pure and 2:1 yellow to red for the orange.
I soaked the skein in in vinegar water before this time. Then everything went into the microwave (2 min zip, 2 min rest) 3x.
The dye liquid did not clear completely and I washed and rinsed the yarn for about 15 minutes. 15 minutes without making any progress concerning the colour bleeding. Is this normal? I gave up for this time because I was so curious how it would look like when dry.
Well... The yellow is fine. The red and orange is not, simply because they are not there. So, the final result does not look at all like intended (red-orange-yellow stripes) but is nice anyway.
Does it reminds you of the Gryffindor house colours, too?