How Kool is this?!














 Some time back I read about Kool Aid dyeing of yarn. As I live in Norway, I didn't know about Kool Aid at all, and the idea that you could dye yarn with it was completely fascinating to me.

Thank to the internet I had could investigate the topic and quickly found that I had to give it a go too.   There was one major problem; where to get Kool Aid?

Fortunateley I have some friends in the US and a young knitting friend of mine supplied me with a few packs of the miracle soft drink mix!

Armed with white wool, Kool Aid and wonderful inspiration form blogs on the web I gave it a go last night!

What did I do?
I took a 50g ball of yarn and wound it into a skein.
I soaked it in warm water for about 30 minutes.
I heated some water in a large pan. It was so hot it steamed, but it did not boil.
I dropped the yarn in the pan and spread it out to be as loose as possible.
I sprinkled Kool Aid on it: Cherry on the one side and Lemon Lime on the other. In between I added some Lemonade (which didn't do much)
I let is sit in the pan until the water was clear and the dye was absorbed by the yarn.
I pored off the water and left the yarn to cool off a bit.
I rinsed it in tepid water and hung it to dry.

So much fun and so simple! I have a lot to learn when it comes to mixing colours - but isn't that part of the fun? I think it is! 
If you want to give it a go here are some tips:
Kool Aid will only stick to animal fibers (including your hair!)
Kool Aid is safe to use for children
Kool Aid gives a permanent colour.

Here are some of the blogs I learned a lot form:
Maiya knits
Chalk Legs

For colour charts there are a few on the net, and I have found this (too bad I couldn't find out who to credit for it).
Have fun!

3 comments:

  1. Wow, that is really good for a first attempt, what are you going to make with it? Nxx

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  2. Dying with Koolaid is so much fun!!

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