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« on: May 28, 2005 11:38:22 AM »

I've been searching high and low for packets of unsweetened Kool-Aid, however all the supermarkets near me only sell tubs of sweetened Kool-Aid. For all you Kool-Aid yarn dyers out there, is it a problem if I use Kool-Aid with sugar in it?  Will the sugar caramelize when I heat up my yarn/Kool-Aid mixture?  Will it come out brown?  Will my yarn become all sticky because of the sugar?   Huh
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2005 11:42:54 AM »

I accidentally used sugar kool aid to dye some yarn...it doesn't turn funny colors, it just gets all the sugar gunked up in the yarn--I rinsed mine really well afterwards, and it's still stiff and yucky feeling. Plus, it makes it very hard to get the color concentrated enough to dye. Basically, I wouldn't recommend it. If you really can't find non-sugar koolaid (at my supermarket, it's in a funny place, up by the cash registers) try using food dye, easter egg dye, or cake frosting coloring, from a baking specialty shop.
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2005 12:55:25 PM »

The packets of Kool-aid should be in the same isle and right next to the tubs of Kool-aid.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2005 08:22:21 AM »

Unfortunately, Kool-Aid packets are being phased out for the pricier tubs...  However, I found just a few in mango, which is a lovely orange color.  I followed EmilyFlew's advice and bought some food coloring, and it turned out really well.  Thanks Emily!  Here's proof: 
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2005 09:10:45 AM »

Unfortunately, Kool-Aid packets are being phased out for the pricier tubs...  However, I found just a few in mango, which is a lovely orange color.  I followed EmilyFlew's advice and bought some food coloring, and it turned out really well.  Thanks Emily!  Here's proof: 


Gorgeous colors!!

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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2005 06:31:05 PM »

wow! your yarn turned out great!
so are all of the olours from food colouring? did you blend? let me know, i've been thinking of trying out food colouring as a change from kool-aid..

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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2005 08:18:37 AM »

I used the only kind of food coloring available at my grocery store:
http://www.mccormick.com/content.cfm?id=10869
Orange= mix of 3 packets of mango (must-wear-sunglasses-bright-orange) + 1 packet of tamarindo (iced-tea-brown) Kool-Aid
Blue= 20 drops of blue McCormick food coloring
Green= followed directions for turquoise, 10 drops neon blue and 4 drops neon green (from the McCormick "neon" food coloring box). 
Also I calculated that I need 30" of yarn per row, so I wound my yarn to  90" circumference hank and dipped 30" sections into the dye.  As you can see, I get one row orange, one row blue and one row green!  It worked!
By the way, check out the thread about Kool-Aid dyeing, there's some beautiful yarns being made! 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4268.0
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