Okay, I’m sure my neighbors think I’m crazy. I’ve been outside with bowls of Kool Aid and yarn all over the porch, yard and walkway. Then there’s been yarn hanging from the tree to dry…..and don’t forget me and my camera! Here’s the results of this week’s experiments to create multi-colored sun dyed yarn using kool aid, water, and vinegar.
Last week, I posted how to sun dye wool yarn with Kool Aid. If you missed that post, you can find it here. It’s easy, fun, inexpensive and doesn’t require any fancy or special tools or supplies.
Okay, back on topic: sun dying yarn so you produce a multi-colored yarn. Let’s take a look at the different methods I tried (my hanks of yarn were about 20 yards each):
- Superwash 100% wool does work…but it seems to work best if the Kool Aid/water/vinegar mixture is prepared ahead of time. Also, it seems that superwash wool does not wick up the color much so you will probably get a white streak.
- Dark red Kool Aid mixes (cherry, fruit punch) tend to wick up the most. They probably have the highest concentration of dye in the mix and so you may want to have a ratio of 2 packets of a lighter colored Kool Aid to 1 packet of a red Kool Aid….and use more yarn.
- I find the best method is method 3. If you would like to have a larger “mix” area you can have say 2/3 of the yarn soaking in the lighter color for the 1st hour. Then, when you stir up the darker colored Kool Aid, place 2/3 of the yarn in that bowl (1/3 is un-dyed and 1/3 is dyed with the lighter color).