Here I am in my designated dye shirt and my required rubber gloves.
This bucket contains the preparation solution. All items must be soaked in the solution for 30 minutes before they can be dyed. This helps the dye adhere to the fabric. I'm soaking some yellow pillowcases here to see what happens when they are dyed.
Then as you saw before, the tubs are loaded with the items to be dyed and then covered with ice. On the shelf you see a few of the jars of dye that I used.
Since teenage boys are not good at matching socks, I wanted to make a hand full of the socks as mix and match so they all look pretty similar. I did end up dying them a second time to add more colors. The red dye is a fabric hog and will take up much of the space.
This picture gives you a good idea of the different colors and the different ways the socks were folded/twisted. This is about 24 hours after the dye was put on.
Next comes the washing and washing and more washing until the water runs pretty clear.
Then the socks are soaked in very hot tap water and Dawn soap for 30 minutes.
The basket above is then poured - soap and all - into the washing machine and washed with very hot water. Then dried in the dryer to lock in the dye and voila.... Ice Dyed Socks.
They passed approval with the Grandson. Apparently Tie Dye is back and he wears unusual socks as his signature.
I don't know if you ever watched Bones with tv characters Temperance Brennan and Seeley Booth but I always appreciated that Seeley wore wild belt buckles and crazy socks to offset his FBI suit appearance.
So that's it. Ice Dyeing. The Daughter has requested some thin socks for herself to wear with tennis shoes. She's a pink girl so I'll have to see what dyes I can use for her.