Monday, August 31, 2009

Strawberry Wool

A few weeks back, I found some off-white wool yarn at our local thrift store for 99 cents per skein. As soon as I saw it I knew it was the perfect candidate to try dyeing wool with Kool Aid!

I began by reading this article on Knitty.com.

I bought both strawberry and pink lemonade Kool Aid, but decided to use strawberry for this experiment...
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First, I washed the wool...
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Next, I filled our pasta pot with water, and added four packets of strawberry Kool Aid mix (one packet per ounce of yarn, and notice that the mix does NOT contain sugar)...
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Then, I added the yarn...
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I thought it looked a little like thick spaghetti in our pasta pot. I brought the water to just before boiling, turned off the heat, covered it, and waited 30 minutes (stirring occasionally). To my surprise (did I not trust the instructions?) the water appeared clear, and the yarn was no longer off-white!
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I removed the yarn from the hot water to let it cool for just a moment...
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Then rinsed and hung to try.
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Viola! Strawberry wool!
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This was a fun experiment and a good first step into the world of dyeing. Oh dear, I have ideas swirling around in my head now!

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