Friday, August 10, 2007

Kool Aid is sooo Kooool

(Note : This entry is dedicated to Deb Brown, a fellow knitter without whose generosity, none of this creative wizardry would have been possible. Thanks Deb!)

Last Saturday the Lulu family turned bright red and blue and purple ... no, we weren't angry, we were Kool Aid dyeing!! If you want to do it too, these are the what-to-do's (and some definite what-NOT-to-do's!!)

Start with bare yarn and a truck load of Kool Aid in various colours (oops, sorry, flavours!)
Swat off whingeing daughter who scuttles off clutching packets of said Kool Aid muttering "It's for drinking not dyeing!"

Stop for a bite of spaghetti ... heh heh heh ... soak yarn in water and stir well (NOT!) ... Did someone mention doing it one skein at a time?

Put on plastic gloves (IMPORTANT!) and pose with cheesy smile for the BEFORE picture!

Artistically drape skein over dishes containing dye so it looks professional for the photo

After trying to get artistically draped yarn out of bowls without the colours touching each other and running, decide to use one big bowl with yarn wound round in it

Cover, microwave, rest, rest yarn, microwave, rest yarn, have coffee, rinse yarn, *squeeze out excess water, burn fingers, swear, drop yarn back in water, repeat from *, drape artistically over laundry drying rack, allow to dry whilst cleaning up the wrecked kitchen

Puff out chest and coo like proud mamma at beoootiful colours of yarn produced by own dyed, burned hands

Turn into yarn cakes - delicious enough to eat!
And ... they SMELL so good too!!

Knit up squares to make unique, one of a kind, Kool smelling blankie (and one handbag for said whingeing daughter)

Now, doesn't that sound like fun ... go get some bare, nekkid yarn and some Kool Aid and try it for yourself ... if WE can do it, ANYONE can!!


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Krysstyllanthrox said...

I think I've got a skein of undyed Knitpicks yarn (not sure of the weight) and some easter egg dye thingies sitting in my yarn closet. If you want them, I can send them flying across the water to you. I could also include some kool aid.


IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

How inspiring!!! All that work, but look how gorgeous those colorways turned out!! Great job!

Susann said...

The colours came out gorgeous and so do they knit up! Be careful, dyeing is very addictive. ;-)

..::Angel::.. said...

Will it wash out, once you've washed the yaarn a few times?

donnac368 said...

Your Kool-Aid project makes me want to go out right now and buy everything and try it!

Mary said...

Wow!! Your yarn dyeing is just beautiful. I love the yarn draped into the bowls!

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