Last week I received my order of Knit Picks Bare lace weight yarn. The plan was to try my hand at dyeing the yarn with Kool-Aid. I was so anxious to start, so this morning I took the plunge.
The yarn is 70% merino, 30% silk; 440 yards/50 grams (1.76 oz). First thing I did was tie some cotton yarn very loosely at regular intervals around the hank so it wouldn’t turn into a tangled mess during the dyeing process.
I then soaked the yarn in some lukewarm water (with a few drops of dish soap) for about 20 minutes. It’s important for the yarn to be completely soaked through so the dye can permeate the yarn.
Then I added 3 quarts of water plus 1 Tbsp distilled white vinegar to a pot. When working with chemical dyes, it’s best to dedicate one pot specifically to yarn dyeing. However with kool-aid, you can use a regular cooking pot and there will be no adverse affects to it. (Make sure you ask before commandeering someone’s fave cooking pot, though, especially when this person is the primary cook in the household *cough DH cough*). 🙂 I then added 4 packets of the pink lemonade flavor to the pot on the stove, gave it a stir and set it to medium heat.
After a few minutes I added the yarn. It looked and smelled like I was cooking up some lemonade noodle dish. Within a few minutes I could tell the yarn was soaking up the kool-aid. It really took only 10 minutes before all the dye was absorbed. Try not to agitate the yarn too much while on the stove, or you might inadvertently felt it.
I took the yarn out of the water and set it aside in a bowl to cool. Unfortunately, I didn’t use enough pink lemonade packets because the dye didn’t take evenly. There were parts of the yarn that didn’t absorb any dye at all. I did like the light pink shade but I wasn’t happy with all the undyed spots.
Since I was out of the pink lemonade flavor, I put the yarn back into the water with 1 packet of strawberry flavor, which you can see here is considerably darker.
Good thing I used only 1 packet of strawberry because it dramatically changed the color from pale pink to bright coral red. It evened out the color a bit more and now it’s a little mottled, and that’s exactly what I was going for, just not quite so bright…
All in all a fun dyeing experience. Prep time was quick, dyeing the yarn was quicker, and cleanup was a snap. Next time I’ll try hand-painting with kool-aid. So now I have 2 skeins of this coral red merino silk lace weight which needs to be designed into something. Any ideas?