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Kool Aid success

Postby Jow » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:24 am

So this is my first attempts with Kool Aid dying, with some pink yarn I was given. Below, pics in order are-

1- Black Cherry dye (1 sachet=1 oz yarn)
2- Black Cherry skein overdyed with Berry Blue
3- Pink skein dyed with Black Cherry and Berry Blue all in one.
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Re: Kool Aid success

Postby baerbel » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:37 am

They look very good. I particularly like the last one cherry and berry blue all in one.
I think you are very brave to try. I think I would be worried about messing it up.

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Re: Kool Aid success

Postby Blackdog » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:55 am

They look lovely colours :smile:

I've used KoolAid & I think it's a great easy way to dye. I don't mind putting it in my microwave as it's food colour rather than dye chemicals
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Postby Helenhfj » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:20 pm

They're great; love the middle one particularly :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: Kool Aid success

Postby Woolygreyhound » Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:38 pm

Lovely colours - I am sure the yarn will smell yummy.
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Re: Kool Aid success

Postby ContinentalCat » Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:38 pm

I love it, especially the vibrant red!

I dont think I can get Kool-Aid, but I saw a similar product at my Asian supermarket, so will have try that. I'd much rather use food dyes for a first try, seems safer than other chemicals.

Can you put yarn in a regular oven, on low? I don't have a microwave.

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Re: Kool Aid success

Postby knittingpat » Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:28 pm

Beautiful colours, love the middle on, so rich.
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Re: Kool Aid success

Postby Jow » Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:32 pm

I did it on the hob. You just add enough water to cover the yarn, stir in the sachet and then pop the yarn in. Heat to almost boiling, by which time it has probably absorbed all the dye, then leave it with the lid on the pot til it cools down. Or some variation on that. I joined a Kool Aid dying group on Rav and people do it all sorts of times and proportins. It can also be done in the oven, and steamed apparently. It seems the main thing when you're substituting Kool AId is to be sure you get something with no sugar in it. Justthe colours and citric acid.
I wasn't scared about this because I was given the yarn from someone's loft, and I would never have used it in its original pink shade (below)

I like the middle one best too, I don't know if the streakyness came from my slapdash first effort but I hope it will happen on the other balls as I think that will lend itself quite nicely to the shawl its going to be.
I don't know if I would call the smells nice but the black cherry had a nostalgic sweets smell, but today I used some grape on a cushion cover and that smelt horrid. I was a bit worried about that one as its an organic wool cushion cover I won from a very nice Cornish wool company! Its still soaking but it looks nice.
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Re: Kool Aid success

Postby Woolygreyhound » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:30 pm

ContinentalCat wrote:I love it, especially the vibrant red!

I dont think I can get Kool-Aid, but I saw a similar product at my Asian supermarket, so will have try that. I'd much rather use food dyes for a first try, seems safer than other chemicals.

Can you put yarn in a regular oven, on low? I don't have a microwave.


CC - as long as the yarn stays moist so cover with foil or a lid, the oven will be fine. Kool aid is full if citric acid which is why the dye takes so well, so if using food colouring add either citric acid (which you will get in Asian supermarket) or vinegar (some people do not get on well with fumes from vinegar - I think it is bad for Asthma - and it stinks out the house!) About 25g per 100g or good slug of vinegar.
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Re: Kool Aid success

Postby ContinentalCat » Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:59 am

Thanks for the advice, ladies, that sounds do-able!

Good point about the citric acid and colouring, I will check the labels. Ordinary vinegar is okay? I use it a lot for cleaning and laundry so we always have loads around.


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