I have a horrible habit of thinking things are more complex than they really are. I have been wanting to try yarn dyeing for quite a while. I decided to try Kool Aid dyeing first, thinking that would be a good place to start. I read books, posted questions to discussion groups and read more. I had convinced myself that it was going to be a complicated, tough process.
Well, how wrong I was! I finally decided to give it a try last night. I assembled all my tools in my kitchen and got started. I soaked a skein of wool yarn in warm/hot water with some distilled white vinegar. While that was soaking, I put out my cups of cool water and Kool Aid. I also assembled my steaming pot and rack with some water and got it heated on my the stove top. Finally, I laid out a long piece of plastic wrap on the floor in my kitchen.
First, I rung out the excess water and vinegar from my soaked yarn and laid it out on the plastic wrap on the floor. I then took the Kool Aid and began to paint my yarn with a paint brush. I alternated between blue and red. I quickly learned that I will need to purchase a LOT more packets of Kool Aid in the same colors in order to completely get the saturation I was looking for. I used what I had and made a mental note for next time.
Next I wrapped up my yarn in the plastic wrap and put it in the steaming pot on the rack. I didn’t have a cover for the pot, so I used a cookie sheet (any port in a storm) and let it steam for 30 minutes. I then let it cool in the pot until it was easy to handle.
I then used my plastic container I used to set the twist on my yarn to soak my dyed yarn in warm/hot water to make sure there wasn’t any dye bleeding. I dumped that water out after 20 minutes and completed my last step. Another soak with some Euclean for 15 minutes.
Finally, I let it dry overnight by hanging it on a hanger in the shower overnight. This morning I wound it into a pull skein. Finished!
I learned a lot by my first dyeing experiment. First, that my husband hates the smell of Kool Aid! LOL Seriously though, I learned that it isn’t so difficult. Don’t build things up too big in your head, otherwise you might miss out on expanding your creativity. So, if you have ever thought of trying something in your fiber arts, I say go for it!