Kool- Aid Dying Complete

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Had an excellent two days with the Kool-Aid. Firstly I used the opal undyed sock yarn and some undyed 4ply, then today I used the aran weight yarn. Am still waiting for the aran weight to finish drying but think I prefer the colours achieved with the 4ply. I also washed out the recycled sari silk yarn so as soon as the needles arrive can start work on that.

I used the dip-dying method for the 4ply yarn, just dipping it into the dye in a plastic cup then putting the yarn in the microwave – this seemed to work really well and some great colours were achieved. I was however only using 25-50g of yarn at a time, as I was wanting to experiment more with colour than aiming to achieve the perfect yarn to knit with, however I now have enough of the same colour combinations to knit a few pairs of trainer sock – perfect for presents in this weather.

The aran yarn was dyed in batches of 100g and I had to adapt the method for this – I put the yarn in a microwave dish added the dye squished and cooked for 2 mins. This appears to have done the job but the colours are not so pleasing – but I will pass final judgment when they are dry and balled. As soon as this is done I will post piccies for all to see.

All in all I am pleased with my attempt and will definitely be making it a regular in my crafting timetable.

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About Lyndsey-Jane

I love to knit, spin and crochet, usually accompanied by music, a good book or good TV. I have had ME/CFS for 6 years and have been recently diagnosed with a type of inflammatory arthritis.

2 responses »

  1. Hi L-J

    Where did you get your Kool Aid from? I think my nieces and I could have a fun time with dyeing.

  2. I got the Kool-Aid from http://www.kool-aiduk.com. They are reasonably priced and postage is really cheap. They do alot of different flavours/colours and occasionally do specials for dying (packs which are out of date and therefore not suitable for drinking). I had great fun and it wasn’t as messy as i thought. Will post pics soon.

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