I finally got around to trying to dye yarn with kool-aid. It must be the beginner project for dyeing fibers as it is easy and cheap. In non-aluminum pots (like stainless steel), boil Kool-Aid first. Here I am dipping the yarns into the boiling Kool-Aid:
On this one I used four packets of Black Cherry for one skein of Ella Rae natural colored yarn. Tutorial suggestions say 1 packet per ounce of yarn which I did but to get that deep color, I am going to use more Kool-Aid next time.
My other skein used four packets of Lemonade, four packets of Pink Lemonade and five packets of Orange. The colors ended up being beautifully bright due to that Kool-Aid to yarn ratio. The water here is still saturated with dye. This yarn is Cascade 220 White. You let the yarn sit in the water for about half an hour or until the water is milky or clear.
Here the yarn has soaked up all the dye!
You wash the yarn with cold water in a colander and hang it to dry. End result: the pink could have been darker and the orange jumped onto the yarn that first touched the water, you can tell by looking at it.
I still love the Black Cherry yarn too.
Hmm, Sherbet Goodness.