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Firstly, I have never consumed kool aid. We don't get it here. Well, now we do, in those shops that are popping up all over the place selling American lollies and drinks and such. Most of my knowledge of kool aid comes from Dane Cook's jokes about it.
I used this tutorial to dye my yarn. I used the microwave method. Now, I experienced a few problems. The tutorial says use 1 packet of kool aid for every ounce of yarn. (Come on USA, use the metric system already!!!) Google tells me this is 28 grams, so I used 2 packets of grape kool aid for 66 grams of yarn. Well, 2 packets was no where near enough for this amount of yarn. So after going through the process, I had to use another 2 packets to get a bit more coverage for my yarn, and even then it's still very patchy.
Anyway, the results. I could not photograph this yarn true to colour. But as you can see, even after 4 packets of kool aid, I could not get consistent coverage. Not sure what my problem was, too much yarn at once mayhaps? I didn't stir it enough? I think it comes back to the yarn sucking up the dye super fast and me not being quick enough to get it all in there. Nevertheless, I quite like the varigated result.
Afterthoughts: People actually drink this stuff? It's sooooo potent!! There must be sooo many chemicals! I'd definitely do this again, maybe in smaller batches. It leaves your yarn with a lovely fruity aroma, so that's also a plus! Also this:
It was really difficult to find a tutorial for this method that I liked. Most of them I found told me to soak my yarn overnight in vinegar, or some other tedious process. Sorry, but I want results NOW!! Then I found this video, and there was much rejoicing.
I dyed three lots of yarn using this method. First, I dyed some with red only, wanting a pale pink colour. The result was the below shocking neon magenta colour, so I dyed it a second time with purple (3 parts red, one part blue). I'm quite happy with the result!!
|Blue + red = purple right? Not necessarily!|