So, recently I decided to try some adventures with Kool-Aid. It has been lots and lots of fun, and I am sure that I will try it again! Here is a step-by-step process of what I did:
1. Buy some 100% wool yarn.
2. Buy a selection of Kool-Aid packets:
3. Wind the wool round something (camping chairs work really well, as you can collapse them slightly to lift the wool off!):
4. Tie tiny figure of 8’s around the wool using some cotton to stop the wool from tangling up:
5. Soak the wool in room temperature water for 10 minutes (mmm spaghetti):
6. Mix the Kool-Aid – I used 2 packets per litre of water (again I used room temperature water… careful not to felt your wool!). I also put one cap of distilled vinegar in – but I don’t think that this is necessary, and it doesn’t smell great. Then depending on how you want your yarn to look – place in a variety of pots and pans:
7. Arrange your yarn in the pots and pans as desired:
8. Set all pans on a very low heat, and then set your timer for 30 minutes. The water does not need to boil. All the colour from the kool-aid should now be on the wool, and the water should become clear:
9. Leave the water/pans to cool completely, then take the wool out and rinse well in room temperature water.
10. Lay out to dry on a towel for a few minutes to absorb excess water, then hang up on a dryer:
11. When dry – wind into a ball of wool and admire your creation. You may even want to try knitting with it!
Unfortunately, my wool looked like a load of tutti fruttis have all thrown-up on my yarn. But at least I enjoyed dyeing it!
This is my second attempt:
Which I am making a pair of socks out of – like this:
Loads and loads of fun – I would really recommend trying it!