Blue and Purple Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn

The purple-blue yarn I dyed on Friday night has finished drying, so I wound it into hanks this afternoon and took pictures. I named this one “Blueberry Cobbler”.

Blue and Purple Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn

I used roughly 400 yards of the merino/mohair blend I recycled from the Ralph Lauren sweater. It is lusciously soft. I need to make something awesome with this yarn.

I was really proud of myself for finally figuring out how to estimate how much yarn I have! Here’s how I did it.

  1. I took an unused commercially produced hank of yarn known to be 220 yards long and counted the number of loops in the hank. I came up with 127.
  2. Divide the number of yards by the number of loops: 220 yards divided by 127 loops is close enough to 1.5 yards per loop that I’m calling it good.
  3. Next step was to put the commercial hank on the swift, raise the umbrella until it’s snug (but not too tight), and mark the position on the shaft.
  4. Now I can raise the swift to that mark and know that the swift’s circumference is 1.5 yards. I wound my recycled yarn onto the swift, counted the number of loops in the hank, and multiplied it by 1.5 to arrive at an estimate of 400 yards.

Sometimes even I impress myself. Now to find the coolest pattern ever that calls for no more than 400 yards of fingering weight yarn.

By the way, I’m hoping to have a finished object to show off in a few days! The chocolate brown alpaca is knitting up like a dream, so soft and smooshy (ohhhh the smooshy!) but I keep getting distracted by blogging and dyeing – go figure.