* failed coaster experiment

Posted on January 18th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review, Crochet, Experiments.

I really like these crochet coasters that Yvestown made.  Cozy Crochet (by Melissa Leapman) has a coaster pattern, and I have a stockpile of white cotton yarn my sister-in-law gave me, so should be an easy project, right?  The coaster does crochet up pretty much as advertised, but it is not very pretty.  I like the little bit of lacyness to the Yvestown ones and the CC one is more solid.  Hmmm, first sign project is not going as planned.

Next, add in my brilliant idea to try to Kool Aid dye the yarn for the colorful edges.  I know, I know, everybody on the web says Kool Aid doesn’t work on non-animal fibers, but Biscuits and Jam did a very scientific study of tropical punch Kool Aid on cotton and had some success.  And my grandma’s couch had a red Kool Aid stain on it for like at least a decade, so that’s a good sign, right?  Well, let’s just say I was unable to replicate those results.  fwiw, I strongly suspect red Kool Aid is probably stainy-er than the random green and blue packets I had leftover from my last experiments.

Well, at least the house smells nice. :/

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