Kool Aid Dyeing!

4 02 2010

This week, I tried my had at dyeing yarn with Kool Aid. Unfortunately, I did not keep an accurate account of the process like I did with my Jell-O Dyeing Process. Basically, it went something like this:

1) Soak your yarn for 30 minutes in room temperature water mixed with a little Dawn. I used just enough to make the water a little bubbly.

2) Mix your Kool Aid in a bowl or glass jar with some water, just enough to dissolve the powder. I used one pack of Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade for this one per skein. After the mix dissolved, I added about another cup of water.

3) Add yarn to the bowl. I then added more water until it covered the yarn.

Note: Next I did something I hadn’t seen in any instructions. I added a lid to my bowl/jar and shook it up. I don’t know, it seemed like a good idea at the time… lol

4) I put the bowl and jar in the microwaved and covered them with plastic wrap with a tiny vent on one side. I zapped them for 2 minutes, let them rest for 5 minutes, then zapped another 2 minutes… repeat until the water looks clear or somewhat milky.

Optional: Let the yarn soak in another Dawn bath, but this time at the same temperature as the water you just took it out of. I only did this to one skein and honestly, I don’t see a difference between the two.

5) Hang to dry overnight outside in warm weather. In my case, I had to hang it up inside and away from the cats, so it took like two days to completely dry.

Here are the before and after pictures!

Before: A recycled sweater made of angora and lambs wool. To date, I have only harvested 220 yards from the sweater. I still have a lot more to go.

After: Pale blue yarn worthy of my wedding shawl! *squee!*

Now to ball it up and put it to work!