always been curious about dyeing yarn, but I was intimidated by the safety
precautions you need to take with dyes that aren’t food safe (although now that
Kelley and Kerin have given us some pointers, I am feeling more confident). Then
Nina pointed me towards the What a Kool Way to Dye group on Ravelry, and I
couldn’t wait to give Kool Aid dyeing a try. My local grocery store didn’t have
a huge variety of flavors, so I picked up two of everything they had.
impatient, so I only soaked my sock blank for about 20 minutes in plain water, while I heated up the Kool Aid.
wanted to see if there was a color difference between Tropical Punch and
Cherry, so I boiled two separate pots of Kool Aid, and dipped each end in a
Since I pre-soaked the blank, the reds slowly rose out each
pot and met in the middle, where they faded to pink.
1.I didn’t expect the
yarn to exhaust the color as quickly or completely as it did. It sucked up
all the red dye in just a couple minutes! When I rinsed my blank, the
water was completely clear. This is all that was left of the dye in the water from the pot. I
should have bought more red Kool Aid for blank #2.
2.You can get really
bright colors with Kool Aid. I had no idea!! Check out this red!
3.Tropical Punch and
Cherry are slightly different reds, Cherry is a tiny bit deeper. Tropical
Punch is a tad more pink, but they’re really pretty close. We’ll have to
see what they look like knit up.
a look at my finished sock blank, plus a sneak peek at blank #2. More about that one soon…