Several weeks ago I decided to try hand dyeing some yarn with Kool-Aid. I had never dyed yarn before but wanted to give it a go—especially since it would give me an excuse to buy lots of colorful little packets of fruity smelling goodness.
I found a few colors/flavors at Meijer but was unable to find the two flavors I wanted most (Lemon Lime and Berry Blue). I reluctantly braved a trip to Wal-Mart and found them there.
I used the dyeing tutorial from Knitty. I spent pretty much an entire afternoon and evening mixing colors, dyeing, and rinsing. OMG, the rinsing! I don’t think the water ever ran completely clear, even after six or seven rinses.
I was somewhat disappointed in the reds…it didn’t matter whether I used cherry or tropical punch or strawberry, they all ended up as almost identical shades of pink. That’s not to say that I’m not pleased with the results…I was just hoping for a bit more variation.
I dyed four different skeins of natural/undyed yarn from KnitPicks. The picture below shows all of the skeins I dyed.
From top to bottom, the colors/flavors I used: #1 – Handpainted with 2 parts Black Cherry; 2 parts Strawberry; 1 part Cherry #2 – Handpainted with 2 parts Cherry; 2 parts Orange; 0.5 parts Black Cherry #3 – Handpainted with 3 parts Berry Blue; 2.5 parts Lemon Lime #4 – Just sorta dumped into a bowl together: 2 parts Lemonade; 1.5 parts Tropical Punch
My favorite by far is #3, where a lot of the natural color remains along with the blues/greens.
I don’t have any patterns in mind for any of these yet. I still have another four or five undyed skeins left. Time to brave another trip to Wal-Mart…