Sunday, April 11, 2004

Kool-Aid anyone?

It smells like Kool-Aid in here. Most homes today smell of ham and even turkey. Not here - Kool-Aid. A couple of weeks ago I bought Marlo's felted crochet patterns and wool. Today I got really really brave.

Step 1: Bundle the yarn.

Pull skein of wool into small sections of yarn. Tie loosely together with alternate color of yarn. I used two 8oz. skeins of yarn, and was fairly consistant at breaking them up. I had 12 bunches of yarn to dye.

Step 2: Bathe the yarn.

Soak yarn in warm water for approximately 30 minutes. The yarn will be saturated and it will be easy for the dye to get into the fibers. We may have spaghetti for dinner. ;o)

Step 3: Choose your flavor.. er.. I mean color.

Mix your dye. This is really easy. 3/4 to 1 cup of warm water. 2 tablespoons vinegar. Three packets of Kool-Aid, keeping in mind that what you see is pretty much what you get. Stir well. Squeeze water from yarn, as much as possible. Place yarn in gallon size zip lock bag, pour dye into bag. Close bag tightly, say a little prayer against leaks and squeeze dye into the yarn. When yarn is colored, open zipper up about halfway. (I used Marlo's directions throughout except here. She suggested using plastic wrap which I did not have enough of to get this done. I had plenty of the bags though and they worked perfectly.)

Step 4: Cook your yarn.

Place in microwave for 2 minutes on high. After two minutes, check wool and dye - if still cloudy or colored, microwave for additional two minutes on high. Carefully remove bag from microwave. The little bit of water in the bag will barely be tinted, all the dye is now in the yarn.

Step 5: The fun part.

Place plate or tray in sink. Run water to its hottest temperature, then place bag of cooked yarn into water. Fill bag halfway, then tip wool out of bag onto plate. Surprisingly, there is little to no discolored water coming from the yarn. Gradually decrease the temperature of the water as you rinse the yarn. If you decrease the temperature too quickly, the wool will felt. Squeeze all water from yarn.

Step 6: Admire your work.

The red - three packets Black Cherry Kool-Aid

The purple - two packets Black Cherry, one packet Berry Blue Kool-Aid

The pictures really don't show the colors well. The yarn isn't colored solidly, it has variations in color throughout. From lights to darks within the shades, I am really very excited that it worked so well on my first attempt. I don't know that I could have done it any better.