First attempt

at dyeing yarn, via the kool aid method. I was kinda "blegh" about this method, then I saw some yarns that had been dyed with it at the LYS and decided to give it a try. I could definitely see doing more dyeing in the future! (I've always enjoyed dyeing fabrics, so why not yarns?)


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The color looks nice, I will have to look into it. SOmetimes you look and look and the color that you are looking for is nowhere to be found. KoolAid , dyeing yarn sounds decadent ha ha ha!

machinarex's picture

That's the draw to dyeing for able to (hopefully) get exactly the shades I'm looking for, in whatever combo I'm looking for!

ronhuber's picture

Where did you buy the yarn that you dyed? Was it white when you started or did you add colours to an already coloured yarn? It is beautiful and I congratulate you. I can imagine that worked up into a sweater or vest.

machinarex's picture

For this one I just used a plain white wool yarn ($6.00 for 350 yrds or so) since it was my first attempt...didn't want to botch up something nicer. I did pick up some yarn that's spun by the owner of the shop that's specifically for dyeing, and is a bit nicer quality for later on though.

Bill's picture

BEAUTIFUL !!!! . . . .
Love the muted colours!

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Can you share more of the kool aid method? Is there a site or electronic address giving directions?


SKHolt's picture

OK! So how much koolaid did you use for this yarn? I've dyed with kool aid, but never got the richness of that black cherry??????


machinarex's picture

I pretty much tripled the called for amount...I'm all about darker/richer hues and just wasn't getting what I wanted w/the regular amounts.

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machinarex's picture

will be doing so shortly! Thinking about doing a line of queer themed ones since I kept coming back to "rough trade" for this one, lol!

MMario's picture

basically the sugerless kool-aids are nothing more then food safe acid dyes in pre-measured amounts, with the acids already mixed in.

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