Hello everyone, hope you’re doing well!
I hope you enjoyed seeing that yarn post last week because guess what – I have some more yarn dying to show you from experimenting I did earlier this month. I’d been watching a lot of yarn dying videos on YouTube and that led me to videos of people dying with Kool-Aid seeing as there’s a lot of food colouring in it. In fact, when dying wool with food colouring, you need the food colouring and an acid like vinegar to help the colour strike the yarn, but Kool-Aid is full of citric acid and food colouring so that’s both ingredients in the one, well, ingredient.
Anyway, you can’t actually get Kool-Aid in Ireland and other brands of powdered drinks like that aren’t very common here either so I had to go to Amazon to get some Kool-Aid sachets (which made them a bit expensive and didn’t give me the full selection of flavours/colours).
For the previous yarn dyeing session I had used a pot to dye the mini skeins but I wanted to do some more speckled/sections of colour this time round so I went with pre-soaking the yarn, laying the yarn out and adding colour and then microwaving it to set the colour. It was quite fun – my friend was over at my house so we had a bit of a crafting day with it. I died four mini skeins and she dyed the camo inspired skein on the right (using liquid food colourings I had in addition to mixing some of the Kool-Aid colours).
So, with my yarn laid out on top of some cling-film in a roasting tin (extra protection for the table) and eight small glasses with a different Kool-Aid flavour in each, I set to experimenting. Of the colours I had, there was one yellow, one green, one purple and the rest were various shades of pink and red.
First up, I used a fork to start adding specks of red and pink to one skein and then I added some purple specks. It reminds me of summer fruits so seems fitting for a summer dyed yarn. Second up was where I just tried using all the colours I had in one mini skein by having bands of colour. The yellow was quite pale so it was hard to keep the other colours from overpowering it, especially that red.
Next up is the yellow skein – this one was inspired by a snowball melon. I soaked the mini skein in a bowl with all the yellow Kool-Aid to get a very pale yellow base, added some more concentrated spots of yellow food colouring I have to add variation and then used a fork to add some green specs. Yellow isn’t really a colour I use much but I am very happy with how this skein came out.
Last though was my favourite of the bunch – the purple and pink one. I started by soaking the yarn in a bowl with what I had left of the pale pink to get the base colour and then added the purple I had to the bowl. I didn’t have that much purple left so it didn’t cover the full mini skein, allowing the pink to show through. It looks like I used a blue as well but that’s the purple colour breaking and the blue in it coming through.
With the yarns coloured, I wrapped them up in cling-film, stuck them in the microwave to heat set the colours, let them cool, rinsed them and set them up to dry.
All in all, I’m really happy with how these yarns came out and I had a lot of fun dyeing with Kool-Aid. Obviously with Kool-Aid, there’s a much more limited colour choice to use use as most flavours end up looking either red or pink but they’re nice colours…and smell lovely. Yes, a benefit of dying with Kool-Aid is definitely the nice sweet smell! My favourite colour combo was definitely the pink lemonade with the grape and I would love to try that again, maybe in a full 100g skein. Which is your favourite from this round of dye experimentation?