I think I need it. I wanted something distracting when I was feeling depressed, so I decided to try my hand at dying yarn. I don't have the space or money to buy pots and tools just for dying, so I went with a more food friendly option- frosting gel dyes. I've managed some really vibrant colors, but something is happening I don't understand. My blues don't want to absorb.
I'm using fisherman's wool, and americolor coloring, and either could be the culprit, I have no clue. When I tried to dye some teal, it came out a beautiful emerald green (with bright blue leftover water). When I just dyed some fading shades of grey/black, it came out pink and purple (with a gorgeous teal leftover water, irony...)! I don't paint and have never had much interest in color mixing elsewhere, so I am really at a loss as to what is going on. Any suggestions? Blue is one of my favorite colors, if not my favorite, so this is extra annoying.
I avoided the koolaid option because it could get pretty expensive and is limited to crazy bright stuff. But that seems to be where I'm at with this too. I've also used rit dye (on a shirt) before, but it was a huge disappointment and headache. It was supposed to be teal also, but came out a barely discernible blueish grey color. What is my problem with blue?! My water, my dyes, my pots, me? I've tried using a ton more dye, dying it again, letting it soak for a really long time, but nothing seems to work. Help!
It is also interesting to note that if I dye with nothing BUT blue, it will turn blue. But everything with blue in it, or as only part of it, comes out very wrong.