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

I bought both strawberry and pink lemonade Kool Aid, but decided to use strawberry for this experiment...

First, I washed the wool...

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)...

Then, I added the yarn...

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!

I removed the yarn from the hot water to let it cool for just a moment...

Then rinsed and hung to try.

Viola! Strawberry wool!

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!