jana banana

June 15, 2007

Kool-aid dye

Filed under: knitting, projects — Jana @ 8:46 am

In the end I was mostly happy to finish my cardigan  so I could start on this:

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My hand-dyed  cashmere baby hat.
My camera just will not get good shots of knitting. The colors are much nicer in real life.

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Anyway this yarn started out this really bright orangey-red and I thought I would like it more a different color so I tried my hand at kool-aid dying.

I knitted up a few rows to see how wide to make the stripes ( I wasn’t really particular that they be perfect)  then I wound and measured and tied.

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Them I mixed up my color combinations.

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It takes about 1 packet of koolaid for every 1 oz of yarn.  I used more because I was already working with colored yarn and I wanted the colors to be really bright.

Then I put the yarn into mugs, Filled them up with enough water to cover the yarn and warmed them up in the microwave until almost boiling.

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Then I let it cool on it’s own to prevent felting.   I knew it was done when the yarn had soaked up all the color and the water was almost clear again. Then I wrinsed it out.

Then I let it dry.

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And I wound it into a ball.
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So dyeing was really fun and I am excited to do some more.  Next time I will use bare merino so I have full creative liberty to make whatever colors I want, which sounds really fun.

On a sadder note, I lost a dear friend, as soon as I was done knitting I looked down and saw this:

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 I thought “oh a stick” but upon further inspection I realized it was one of my #9 double pointed needles “NOooooooooo!”

And who was the culprit:
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Yup, tiger got to it. Which really stinks because you can’t just go to the store and buy one bamboo DPN. Oh well, such is life. Tiger Knew he had done something wrong though because after he got a scalding from me he sulked around the back door for a while with a really guilty look on his face.



  1. Bad doggie. Bad, bad doggie.

    Comment by snapdragons — June 15, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

  2. um the baby that wears that thing… say they start sweating, or suddenly they are in a rain downpour, then does their skin turn red and begin to taste real yummy?

    Comment by lauren — June 15, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

  3. Oh the joys of pet ownership are not unlike the joys of home ownership, a joy & a pain on the best of days.

    Comment by elanknits — June 15, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

  4. Your hat is darling and I cannot believe you dyed the yarn yourself. To me, that’s like climbing Mt. Everest.

    Comment by Wendy — June 16, 2007 @ 7:21 am

  5. HAHAHA No lauren, It’s color fast, but it does smell a little like kool-aid until you wash it.

    Comment by jana banana — June 16, 2007 @ 7:26 am

  6. Holy Crap! I am in complete amazment!

    Comment by Melinda — June 17, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

  7. So, to add to Lauren’s comment…I was just thinking that you might have another Ramsey Beecher on your hands. Do you remember his blue hair? That was courtesy of blue Koolaid.

    Another cute method of staining to make things look antique is coffee. I am sure that you have done it before, but it makes a great effect on fabric for quilting.

    Comment by Misty Barry — June 18, 2007 @ 11:05 am

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