A long overdue post about our first Koolaid dyeing experiment. It's incredible how time flies, it's been two weeks since we did some Koolaid dyeing together at the suggestion of my elder one as she said that I've promised to do it since 'two zero zero five' and it's now 'two zero zero six'.
It was fun, nothing methodological, all very impromptu and spontaneous. Each girl chose their own flavours/colours and dyed their own hank of Knitpicks Color Your Own.
We mixed the Koolaid in our normal soup bowls and the girls just had a go splashing the mixture onto the yarn. Of course there was some bickering as to who was to use which colour but in the end all were happy. Then I 'steamed' the yarn in wok, when done, rinsed the yarn and hung them in the bathroom. The saccharine fragrance of the Koolaid was so strong and filled my whole bathroom not quite pleasantly.
Below is a photo of the second hank (CY's) steaming in the wok.
All this was made possible since the grandparents were on holiday which avoided questions being asked or eyebrows being risen such as why kitchen utensils are used for such things. So how do the two hanks look knitted up?
This is JY's hand-dyed yarn. She wanted yellow (her favourite) and we had only two packets of lemonade and used that first. Seeing that 2 packets were hardly enough, we added pink lemonade which consumed the yellow so quickly that the yellow is now hardly visible. Then a splash of blasting cherry (which is really quite a strong red) was added and a dash of grape here and there. JY wants a scarf so I swatched with the Misty Garden pattern (also from Scarf Style) on Clover 4 (3.3 mm), not bad, isn't it?
The little CY chose rather strong flavours (colours), orange, grape and blasting cherry. And for good measure, I poured quite a bit more of Koolaid mixture into the dish while it was in the wok as the first hank (the light pink one) looked kind of pale. The result, some lovely fall colours. CY is requesting that I knit her a pair of mittens with it and with the leftover, I'm thinking a pair of socks for her.
All in all, it was a fun experiment!