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vaknitter
05-25-2009, 02:34 PM
With the hubby out of town I finally decided to try kool aide dying yarn ! This is the super bulky yarn that was given to me by a coworker. It smelled horrible before dying, I rinsed it and then dyed it and with the kool aide it smells awesome now. Having never done this before I didn't realize how much kool aide it would take and I don't really live near a good grocery store so I had to supplement the blue and green with food dye. The purple grape is a little blotchy...

khaosx5
05-25-2009, 02:56 PM
love the colours! Have to admit that I have never tired it...maybe someday when all the kids move out...
:knitting:

MoniDew
05-25-2009, 11:32 PM
those look great! and that sounds like a lot of fun to try. thanks for the pics!

WandaT
05-26-2009, 08:52 AM
Cool! That is something I've always wanted to try ... maybe this summer!

margz3
05-26-2009, 09:45 AM
Very cool! I definitely want to try this sometime!

ElraTyln
05-26-2009, 12:47 PM
Wow! That's really cool! Never even thought about doing that! I did dye my hair at 14 with kool aide though! :lol

themonkeygirl
05-26-2009, 02:34 PM
OMG!!! Those colors look so awesome!!!! All my friends are constantly telling me that I should dye my own yarn but I have just not felt compelled to delve into that, but these cool colors might sway me to try it! Way to go!!

cindycactus
05-26-2009, 02:57 PM
:thumbsup: Good job! Beautiful colors.

DorothyDot
05-26-2009, 04:15 PM
Is it colorfast? Can you wash it/wear it and the colors stay nice and bright?

OffJumpsJack
05-26-2009, 05:05 PM
I wouldn't want a cool-aid sweater leaving me ... purple. :oo:

tgwillis
05-26-2009, 06:16 PM
Can you use super wash wool and sock yarn.

vaknitter
05-26-2009, 07:29 PM
as this is my first time dyeing yarn. The lady at my LYS that suggested I do kool aide dyeing does have socks that she has made that way. There are actually directions that tell you how to set a hank into different jars of color at the same time for a striped effect. My yarn is so bulky I opted to make each hank a different color and will do felted joins as I knit.

As for colorfastness - suppossedly it will hold b/c it is set with the citric acid in the kool aide and some added vinegar. The rinse water was clear on everything other than the purple - that left a faint blue.

It is sooo humid here I am still waiting for it to dry. I will post pictures of my felted items so you can see if the colors run...

tragik
05-26-2009, 07:54 PM
On a side note, you can drink it at the same time.. That is a very cool trick.. heheh

LadyFirelyght
05-27-2009, 07:05 PM
Great colors!

Yes, everyone, it is colorfast! At least the dozens of people I've talked to and hundreds of articles I've read have said so, and my own experience shows ;)

I started the yarn dyeing thing about a month and a half ago. It's so fun! Here are the three I've done so far:

1. http://images4cf.ravelry.com/uploads/LadyFirelyght/8303595/KP_Bare_Like_A_Virgin_Cake_smaller__7__medium.jpg
2.http://images4cf.ravelry.com/uploads/LadyFirelyght/9059928/Hand-dyed_green_goddess_012_medium.jpg
3.http://images4cf.ravelry.com/uploads/LadyFirelyght/9384854/KP_Bare_When_2_Become_1__7__medium.jpg

tgwillis
05-27-2009, 10:45 PM
Great colors!

Yes, everyone, it is colorfast! At least the dozens of people I've talked to and hundreds of articles I've read have said so, and my own experience shows ;)

I started the yarn dyeing thing about a month and a half ago. It's so fun! Here are the three I've done so far:

1. http://images4cf.ravelry.com/uploads/LadyFirelyght/8303595/KP_Bare_Like_A_Virgin_Cake_smaller__7__medium.jpg
2.http://images4cf.ravelry.com/uploads/LadyFirelyght/9059928/Hand-dyed_green_goddess_012_medium.jpg
3.http://images4cf.ravelry.com/uploads/LadyFirelyght/9384854/KP_Bare_When_2_Become_1__7__medium.jpg

Very Pretty I love the first one.

Woodi
05-29-2009, 09:16 AM
This is gorgeous, and so fun! I want to dye yarn with KoolAid now. Is there a special instruction somewhere? Your balls look great.

knititgood
05-29-2009, 09:51 AM
Kool Aid dying so much fun! You can use icing dyes too. I like the kool aid better.

gotta knit
05-29-2009, 01:34 PM
These are great! I had no idea this could be done.

LadyFirelyght
05-29-2009, 03:02 PM
You can also use straight up food coloring.

For people who want instructions, just google "dyeing yarn with koolaid" and you'll find lots of different options, including a couple articles on Knitty!

vaknitter
05-30-2009, 08:34 AM
You can also search the dying/spinning thread on KH - that's where I found the link I used.

tokmom
05-30-2009, 10:54 PM
Oh that is so cool! Please let us know when you post felted projects.

wezyus
06-02-2009, 05:25 AM
its luks so cool but i hve never tried it ...dont know whether its wud work