The first part of this post is the cheap upcycled yarn part. If you or someone you know likes to go to garage sales, have them on the look-out for unfinished hand knit sweaters like this. My mom found me this one at a Minnesota garage sale for $3.00. If you have bought even the most affordable skein of yarn lately, you know that 100% wool is at minimum $8.00 for 4 oz.
Here I am dying the wool with Cherry Kool Aid. First you dampen the wool, then add it to a Kool Aid bath. The more you add, the brighter the color. I haven't tried setting the dye with vinegar yet, but maybe when my sweater is done, I will do one more dip.
I heat up the mix until the water runs clear or almost clear. Isn't this amazing?
Finished product in low light.