Adventures with Kool-Aid!

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.

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2. Buy a selection of Kool-Aid packets:

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3. Wind the wool round something (camping chairs work really well, as you can collapse them slightly to lift the wool off!):

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4. Tie tiny figure of 8’s around the wool using some cotton to stop the wool from tangling up:

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5. Soak the wool in room temperature water for 10 minutes (mmm spaghetti):

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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:

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7. Arrange your yarn in the pots and pans as desired:

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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:

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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:

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11. When dry – wind into a ball of wool and admire your creation. You may even want to try knitting with it!

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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:

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Which I am making a pair of socks out of – like this:

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Loads and loads of fun – I would really recommend trying it!


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Busy bee…

Well I have been a busy bee today.  I knew that I wanted to make a handbag, and I had picked up some cheap material in a bargain bin for just £2.  Here is what I made today 🙂

I have seen this shape everywhere – and thought it looked fairly easy to put together.

Blue and Beige Flower Handbag

I love the blue flower cotton material, it brightens the bag up no-end.  The buttons I bought at a car-boot sale on Sunday.

Flower bag

Flower and beige bag 2

The inside isn’t quite finished yet – but you get the idea…

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I am still very excited about my Kool-Aid arriving tomorrow – I will get dyeing and show you what (if anything) I manage.  I am hoping to knit up a very stripey scarf with the results!

Kool-aid!

I have just received an email to tell me that my Kool-Aid is on the way!  I can’t wait to try dyeing some wool with it.  I’m going to take a special trip out, and get some nice 100% wool yarn, and then I hope to dye the whole lot very stripey!  I’ll post some pictures up on here as soon as I manage it!

 As I am at home this week, I am having lots of fun, knitting and bag making!  I will try and put some pictures up asap!

Working – boooooo

I’m having to work on my Open University work, so I won’t be adding any posts about my knitting and crafts this week.  However, I have taken next week off work – and all my OU work will be out of the way, so I have a whole week with nothing to do but make stuff!  I have the following projects all planned out –

  • Dye something
  • Make a few different handbags:
    • A crocheted one
    • A evening fabric one
    • An everyday one
  • Knit a hat for my friends baby
  • Crochet a shrug (if my wool ever arrives…)
  • knit another shrug (a smaller version of the crafter circular shrug)

So I think I might be a busy bunny next week!!  I’ll let you know if I finish anything!

Moved!

I have decided to move to https://soozknits.wordpress.com instead of my old blog.  Hope you like the look of it!

Spinning!

Well, I have been trying my hand at spinning my own wool over the past week, and so I thought I would share the results with you! I bought myself a kit off ebay which included a drop spindle, and 4 different coloured rovings. I found the spinning quite difficult at first, but i soon got into the swing of it (still a very slow process for me, I have to keep stopping the spindle all the time). It was quite good fun though, and this is the end process…


I decided to mix up all the colours quite a lot, and i can’t wait to see how it looks when I knit it up! There isn’t much there however so I’m a bit unsure what to knit it into!

Circular Shrug

So – I finally finished a project! And here it is…

and a view of the back…

I originally bought this yarn to knit a shrug to go with a lovely dress I have, and was going to wear it to a wedding. However, I felt that the circular shrug was a bit chunky for the dress… having seen it on though, I think it might go afterall – what do you think??