Adventures in Yarn Dyeing: Part 1

A few weeks ago, a friend and I decided we wanted to give dyeing a try. We both had heard it could be done with kool-aid, but didn’t know much about the process, so we started researching. I’ve long subscribed to Knitty and when I found this article on dyeing with kool-aid, we decided to jump right in.

We mixed up our colors and set up in my garage, then just colored away.

Please excuse the poor lighting!
Please excuse the poor lighting!

We decided to try steaming the yarn over a pot first. The microwave method seemed too easy to be true. It said to steam for 40 minutes. I set it up, then went to put my daughter down for her nap… and when I emerged about 12 minutes later, I could distinctly smell something burning. Sure enough, all the water had evaporated from the pot and it was very black!

Luckily the yarn didn’t seem to be harmed, so we washed it and set it out to dry. We decided to try the microwave method with the rest, obviously. I was really surprised how well it worked, and it was soo easy! We set up all the yarn to dry on a laundry rack in the sun… and a few hours later, this is what we had:

kool-aid dyed yarn

I’m impressed with how well the colors came out! I think the sun did fade them a little, but in a good way. I’ve begun knitting a Dayflower Cowl with the smaller skein, which is 80% wool, 20% angora, and it is super soft!

Be sure to come back next Monday for Part 2, dyeing with gel food coloring.

xo Katie

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