Kool-Aid Dye

Armed with packets of peach mango, grape and tropical punch Kool-Aid, Knitorious poised with a turkey baster, dyed one skein of Lamb’s Pride Worsted (Color M-10 Cream) with the childhood beverage.  Each packet was mixed individually in cups with 1/2 c. of water and 1/4 c. of vinegar.  The hanks of yarn were soaked in a mixture of about 5 gallons of water and 1 c. of vinegar for thirty minutes prior to dyeing.  The yarn was arranged in a pyrex dish for the application of dye.  After the dye was applied, the yarn was heated on high for two minutes using a microwave.  After the yarn cooled for two minutes, the yarn was placed in tepid water and hung to dry.  The wool/mohair combination of Lamb’s Pride Worsted produced a halo effect which enhanced the resulting color.

About 1marylou

I enjoy the process of pushing the world of fiber to its limits with the use of knitting needles and various methods of experimentation. Along the way, the lens of my camera captures what I see.
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5 Responses to Kool-Aid Dye

  1. Karen Aidi says:

    Sounds good to me, Mary Lou!


  2. 1marylou says:

    Definitely! Perhaps after Stitches West?


  3. 1marylou says:

    Exactly! No worries about the toxic effects of chemicals either.


  4. Karen Aidi says:

    Very cool and creative, Mary Lou! I may need to try this out myself to change my peach mohair yarn into a more pleasing color!


  5. Colleen says:

    Love the color! It doesn’t sound too difficult for a newbie, either. 🙂


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