Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn
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Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn by Melanie Falick
Put your kids’ colorful imaginations to use! Using Kool-Aid is an easy and fun way to create hand-dyed yarn – for your knitting and crochet projects, as well as hooking a future generation of crafters. This Creativebug online class shows you how to create a palette at home without any special equipment or a tangled mess. They also offers tips for working alongside kids and shows how different fibers take the dye differently.
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How to Dye Yarn with Kool-Aid
Dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid is a fun and easy way to add some color to your yarn. Here are the steps you can follow to dye your yarn with Kool-Aid:
- undyed yarn (wool or other animal fiber)
- Kool-Aid (2-4 packs for every 2 oz of yarn)
- contrasting color yarn
- large bowl
- dowel or drying rack
- Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the yarn. Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar per quart of water.
- Soak the yarn in the vinegar solution for at least 30 minutes.
- While the yarn is soaking, mix the Kool-Aid packets with a small amount of water to create a paste.
- Once the yarn has soaked, gently squeeze out the excess water and place the yarn into the pot of vinegar water.
- Spoon the Kool-Aid paste onto the yarn, making sure to distribute the color evenly. Use different colors of Kool-Aid to create different effects.
- Turn the heat on low and slowly bring the water to a simmer. Do not let the water boil, as this can cause the colors to become muddy.
- Simmer the yarn for 15-30 minutes or until the water runs clear.
- Turn off the heat and let the yarn cool to room temperature.
- Gently rinse the yarn in cool water until the water runs clear.
- Squeeze out the excess water and lay the yarn out on a piece of plastic wrap.
- Roll up the plastic wrap, making sure the yarn is completely covered.
- Microwave the wrapped yarn on high for 2-3 minutes, checking every 30 seconds to ensure the plastic wrap doesn’t melt.
- Let the yarn cool completely before unwrapping it.
- Rinse the yarn again in cool water until the water runs clear.
- Hang the yarn to dry.
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And that’s it! You now have a beautifully dyed yarn that you can use for knitting, crocheting, or any other fiber arts project.
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