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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2004 07:58:08 AM »

Ooh, I love Kool-Aid dyeing! You can use it on anything that will take color, even some synthetics. It won't take the color as dark, or as quickly, but it's great for pastels. I've used it a ton on scrapbook supplies that I needed a certain color for, or just wanted to play with. It dyes paper beautifully!
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2004 09:40:29 AM »

has anyone felted any of the wool that they dyed with cool-aid?
 does it change the felting? do the colours run when you felt it?


I did a felted bag once (with kool-aid dyed yarn that I dyed the sun tea way) and I had no issues with the colors running or fading....  I didn't felt it 100%. After a few lashings in the wash, the grooved texture on the bag remind me a bit of corduroy and I love corduroy, so I stopped felting at that point.


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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2004 09:51:48 AM »

has anyone felted any of the wool that they dyed with cool-aid?
does it change the felting? do the colours run when you felt it?

I dyed white Lamb's Pride, which I've been told doesn't felt well (something about the bleaching process), so it may not work for felting. I may give it a shot anyway. But from all I've read, the kool-aid is pretty much wash-safe, so the colors shouldn't run, and I would imagine that if it would felt before dying it would felt after.  (As long as you're careful not to felt the yarn while dying by agitating!)

Today I think I'm going to try the Lion's Fisherman in "natural" and see how it takes. The whole reason I'm dying stuff is that none of the colors I'm interested in are available - seems like Brown Sheep is so backordered I may never get my yarn :-(
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2004 08:09:39 AM »

Today I think I'm going to try the Lion's Fisherman in "natural" and see how it takes.

I dyed a bunch of the Fisherman with Kool Aid and it came out lovely. What I like is how cheap one skein was ($3.60 with a coupon at AC Moore!) so I felt free to experiment. I'm not sure if it will felt though (I haven't tried, it's in the list of things to do - so if anyone knows for sure, please tell me!)

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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2004 01:38:19 PM »

I am a huge fan of kool aid dyeing. Here's a sweater I knit for my daughter last fall. I liked it so much that I made it the cover piece for my website this season:

I used Cascade 220 for the sweater above but for dyeing I prefer to use Lamb's Pride BULKY because it takes the color the best. It's roving (is that correct term??) not a multi-ply so it looks amazing and fluffy and variegates so nicely.  I have, for effect, rinsed the wool in warm/hot water to sort of full it before knitting. This isn't an issue if you're not following a pattern or dependent on gauge. I have fulled Lamb's Pride but, it's true, it doesn't felt as well as others (maybe the natural or oatmeal would?). You can also have a lot of fun kool aid dyeing colored wool (pastels, off whites, ecru). You can also use vinegar to set the dye although kool aid is so acidic that it doesn't really need it.
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« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2004 01:53:40 PM »

I have a humorous story about dying with kool-Aid, but it doesnt involve wool! My friend and I had this great idea that 7-UP would taste good if Kool-Aid was mixed it with it, so we tried it, we made a funnel with paper and  poured the crystals into the 2L bottle of 7-UP,  Well guess what happened Kool-Aid has a similar type of reaction with the pop as vinegar has with baking soda and we had an uncontrollable volcano in her mother's kitchen. The Kool-Aid ended up dying the countertops ooops
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