Sunday, August 16, 2009

I haz dyed Project 2: OH YEAH! KOOL-AID DYEING ROCKS!

Yarn: Knit Picks Bare (70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk) fingering weight

Dye: Kool-Aid and Flavor-Aid drink mix (unsweetened) in Lemon-Lime (2 packets), Tropical Punch (2 packets), Orange (1 packet), and Lemonade (2 packets)

Hot (just boiled) water in a pot large enough to hold 3 canning jars.

I've wanted to try Kool-Aid dyeing for a while now, but just hadn't go around to it. This process is dead easy, inexpensive, fast, and fun. After soaking the skein of yarn in hottish water for about 30 minutes, I mixed the drink mix with about 1.5 cups of water (temperature was about 5 minute post boil) in each jar, placed the jars in the pot of hot waterdivided the skein into three loops/bunches of yarn, and shoved them into the jars. I spooned some of the colored solution up over the area where the three bunches were attached, but didn't go heavy on the color because I want this yarn to be variegated. I noticed that the lemonade yellow wasn't as intense as I wanted, so I quickly opened a packet of orange and dumped that into the lemonade jar, and gently squished it around. Then I slapped the lid on the pot and let it sit for 30 minutes. The color was completely sucked into the yarn, leaving the water in the jars crystal clear.

The end result is a very brightly colored skein with red/pinks/pale yellow/orange/greens. Pay no attention to that snarl of strands at the bottom; I'll deal with that after it has dried and I go to wind it into balls for sock knitting.

I've got another skein of dye-able yarn, but I want to wait until I can get my version of Scout's Ghetto Warping Board made so I can dye self-striping sock yarn. Meanwhile, I'm waiting for this yarn to dry so I can wind it into balls.

Edit: typo

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