New Colorways and a Giveaway

A week or so ago I was asked to do a demonstration on how to dye Kool Aid. I bought a few skeins of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in the White Frost colorway. This is the same yarn I used to knit the Bunny Hoppers.

I started by making a variegated yarn using Cherry, Fruit Punch, Orange and Lemonade Kool Aid.

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Firefly

Then I dyed one entire skein with a package of Grape Kool Aid.

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(Shady) Grape

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(Sunny) Grape

It was hard to capture the color of this skein. In shade it looks like the first picture; but in the sun it looks like the second.

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See-saw

This is the skein I used for the demonstration. I was rather a disappointment. The Kool Aid simply did not want to go up the yarn. It was well saturated with water. But the color stayed stubbornly at the bottom.

I decided that I really didn’t like the grape yarn the way it was so I decided to experiment. I took one blue tablet for an Easter egg dye kit and soaked the yarn in that. I also added some food coloring because I really wanted to see a change.

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Dark Grape

It didn’t change much but you can see blue streaks here and there. It’s a little darker overall as well.

Now that I have an abundance of Kool Aid dyed yarn I am going to share the wealth. All you have to do is leave a relevant comment on this post by 12:00 noon EST Wednesday June 12 2013. I will then pick someone via the random number generator and they will receive the skein of Dark Grape yarn. Good Luck! If you have any questions feel free to ask.

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15 thoughts on “New Colorways and a Giveaway

  1. What fun, I’ve heard that kool-aid dye can be tricky, but I love the purples you got. Please enter me in the contest. – Thank you,

  2. I’m a newcomer to fibre dyeing as I have only been spinning since March. I love how you were able to tinker with the colour of the grape yarn. I hope to be able to learn how once I have mastered the spinning. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you!

    • You’re Welcome! Dyeing yarn (especially with Kool Aid) is rather easy. Spinning, on the other hand, I find is a little more challenging. Good Luck!

  3. Gorgeous! Kool-aid dyeing is so much fun! I’m just getting started trying things out myself 🙂 I love all the colors you got!

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