Dyeing Yarn with Kool-aid

Posted 10-28-2013 at 07:49 AM by whitneywalters

My mom and I have started dyeing wool yarn together. We hope to make a business out of it when we get more comfortable in the process. My children have been very intrigued by the process but since we have been using acid dyes, I was not comfortable letting them help. While looking at different dyeing processes, I stumbled across a blog that dyed yarn with frozen kool -aid. I thought this would be the perfect project to let the kids get involved with.

I start by going to the store and getting kool-aid. I got a few of each color. I already had everything else I needed.

What you will need –
ice cube trays
kool-aid
undyed yarn
plastic wrap
glass pan

Directions –
Step 1. Freeze your kool-aid. I used 1/3 cup of water per packet of kool-aid. This was enough water to fill four spaces in my ice cube tray. Do not add sugar to the kool-aid. Put your ice cube trays in the freezer. I let mine set over night.

Step 2. Prep your yarn. We were using fishermens wool. I made a couple skeins and then let them soak in a vinegar/water ( six cups of water, 2 tbs of white distilled vinegar ) bath for half and hour. Gently squeeze out the excess water and then put your yarn in the glass pan.

 

Step 3. Place ice cubes. I let the kids pick their colors and place them on the yarn. When they were finished we covered the pans in plastic wrap and let them sit in the sun. It was not a very warm day so it took a few hours for the ice cubes to melt. We flipped the yarn after they were melted so the color would spread more evenly. We brought the yarn inside and let it sit on the cupboard until the yarn coming out was clear.

Step 4. Since it was not a very nice day, we used the microwave to heat our yarn. We wrapped each skein in plastic and then microwaved it for 3 minutes. After letting it slightly cool, I unwrapped it and gave it a gentle wash in cold water. All the water was clear so I gently squeezed out the excess water and let it hang to dry.

The kids loved doing it, their yarn turned out lovely. My mom is going to crochet them each a hat out of their yarn.

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