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Yarn Dying With Kool-Aid Tutorial

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on December 2, 2014, no comments

Okay.  I LOVE food.  But…I’m going to be the first one to admit it right now – I’m a tiny bit over food right now – I mean.  It was  JUST Thanksgiving.  

Instead, I thought I’d show you how to dye yarn with Kool-Aid.  < WHAAT?! Yes..It is SO easy! Plus, it’s December – which means it’s crafting time 🙂 < Oh geez.  Have you not started your DIY Christmas presents yet?! Eeekk..I’d be in total panic mode! 

Okay.  dying yarn with Kool-Aid is super easy.  I’ll outline the steps really quickly, but then – of course – I’m going to show you a video on how to do it as well 🙂 Yarn Dying With Kool-Aid Tutorial

  1. Buy yarn.  It needs to be a light color – or – undyed.  It also needs to be 100% wool.  < Or, mostly wool.  If you use a yarn that is partially wool and partially something else, only the wool will accept the dye (which can be cool as well!)
  2. Wrap the yarn into skeins (if it isn’t already)
  3. Soak the yarn in warm water for at least 10 minutes
  4. Add the koolaid to a mason jar or a large pot (if using more yarn) and fill half full with boiling water
  5. Add the yarn to the jar and swirl around 
  6. Leave until the yarn has soaked the color up and the water is clear again
  7. Gently remove the yarn from the jar or pot and carefully rinse with room temperature water
  8. Hang to dry 
  9. Knit or Crochet something awesome 🙂 Yarn Dying With Kool-Aid Tutorial

Colors above (Left to right, top row first): 1 – 1 package grape, 2 – 1 package lemon-lime, 3 – 1 package mixed berry, 4 – 1 package pink lemonade, 4 – 1 package cherry (left to right bottom row): 1 – 1 package lemonade, 2 – 2 packages ocean spray blueberry pomegranate, 3 – 1/2 teaspoon mixed berry, 1+1/2 teaspoon lemonade, 4 – 1//2 teaspoon mixed berry, 1/4 teaspoon black cherry, 5 – 1 packet lemon, 1/4 teaspoon black cherry, 1 packet orange

🙂 There are a lot of other techniques you can do to make the yarn variegated or different colors throughout.  It was super fun and so easy to dye! Below is a video with much more details…

I’d love to hear about it if you try your hand at dying the yarn!!

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