Knitables

Dye your yarn with Kool aid!

Oh…. My…. God….

It sounds like an amazing idea! I even have a tutorial on how to do this! I’m fully intending on going first to Joann Fabrics for some ‘bare yarn’ and then to the grocery store for some un-sweetened Kool Aid in random colors… Then to the other side of the store for a few Mason jars (as well as the 10 other items I’ll need from the store like Shampoo…) and then it’s home to get dying!

It’s so simple it can be done in the microwave! All you have to do is lightly wash up the yarn with a mild soap (most people use laundry detergent)/soak it while you’re getting the dye together.

The dye is comprised of large mason jars, two packets of un-sweetened koolaid and water. At this point, your water does not need to be hot. Put in the yarn and cover it sufficiently with water. (Try not to do more than 50 grams, or 86 yards of yarn at a time or you might not end up with very vibrant colors)

Now it’s time to get the color magic working! Put your yarn/water dish into the microwave and power up for two minutes. Then let it rest for a few minutes then heat it up again for two minutes. Do this until the dye is saturated into the yarn and your liquid is almost clear-as-water again.

THEN! Let the yarn sit in the jar and cool off. Then go ahead and rinse it thoroughly in water the same temperature as the yarn. Finally, wash the yarn in mild soap, rinse again, and let dry.

Be very careful with this form of dying though- because your yarn is neither in a ball nor in hank-form, you run the risk of MASSIVE knots in your knitting so be wary of how you pull the wet yarn out of your jar.

I’ll upload pictures of my dying extravaganza later this week!

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4 thoughts on “Dye your yarn with Kool aid!

  1. This makes sense, but I can definitely say I’ve never thought of this before. What a cool concept, and another way to ensure you have a certain color yarn, if all goes well. I can’t wait to see how your yarn experiment turns out!

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