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<b><span style="color:#FFA500;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Dye-ing</span></span> <span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="color:#800080;">Natural</span> <span style="color:#008000;">Fibers</span> <span style="color:#0000FF;">with</span> <span>Kool-Aid?</span></span></b><br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/meg_variety.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><i>Thank you megtell for this great Kool-Aid shot!</i></span><br><br>
Since this has become quite the frequented topic here in MDC's Diaper Hyena World . . . this thread has been created from the accumulated 'advice' of fellow momma members.<br><br>
The pictures alone are enough to make you stick around! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"><br><br>
Let's start off right - a haiku in honor of Kool-Aid<br><br><b><span style="color:#FFA500;">steeping in your hue<br>
woolly skeins breathe in color<br>
dyeing to be knit</span></b><br><br><b><span style="color:#800080;">What fibers can <span style="text-decoration:underline;">effectively</span> be dyed with Kool-Aid?</span></b><br><br>
Not all fibers will effectively ‘take’ a Kool-Aid dye and hang on to it through multiple wash/dry cycles. You will need to use protein fibers.<br>
· Wool<br>
· Mohair<br>
· Angora<br>
· Alpaca<br>
· Silk<br><br><b><span style="color:#800080;">Wool Brand Recommendations:</span></b>
<ul><li>Berella Muskoka, a 100% machine washable merino wool. This recommendation was made by Amanda Gill and purchased at Hobby Lobby. Her experience has been that the Kool-Aid dye does not fade - even following several runs through washer and dryer.</li>
<li>Natural Wool brand (8 ply double knit worsted weight)</li>
<li>Organic Merino from <a href="http://www.treliskeorganic.com" target="_blank"><b><span>Treliske Organics</span></b></a></li>
<li>Briggs & Little (available in Canada)</li>
<li>Lion Brand Fisherman's wool (available at Joanne's and Michael's)</li>
<li><a href="http://www.spinnery.com" target="_blank"><span><b>Green Mountain Spinnery's wool</b></span></a> uses absolutely no petroleum products in the spinning process and have an organic worsted weight wool yarn.</li>
</ul><b><span style="color:#800080;">MDC Mommas’ Show And Tell Time!:</span></b><br><br><b>topk92:</b><br><i>”The Purple-Teal one is Koolaid dyed at the top, with purple yarn used for the bottom (I wanted to limit the colour getting on diapers).”</i><br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/topk_soaker2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b>Jenny_adoptChina:</b><br>
KoolAid dyed knit Organic Wool soaker (Berry Blue and Ice Blue Rasberry Lemonade).<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/jacfrill1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b>Scarlet:</b><br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/scarlet_3.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b>Pamelamama</b> of Wooly Wonders follows Amanda Gill's method for dyeing wool yarn, but uses a medicine dropper to apply the color to the yarn.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/ww_watermelon1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b>engineer_mama</b> of Kool Sheep Soakers<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/empoppyback.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b>Here engineer_mama is in preparation:</b><br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/emdryinghanks.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/emdyeing.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b>allformyboys of <a href="http://www.thecushietushie.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color:#FFA500;">The Cushie Tushie:</span></a></b><br><br>
Kool-aid dyed, yellow=2 packets lemonade, blue=2 packets berry blue, green=1 packet lemonade-1 packet ice blue lemonade:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/allformyboyson.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b>allformyboys’</b> Dyeing Method:
<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Fill a big bowl with warm/hot water . . . adding a few glugs of vinegar.</li>
<li>Add the wool yarn and soak.</li>
<li>Prepare your Kool-Aid by putting the powder in a glass jar or cup (she prefers using a jar b/c she can shake it up) and add water. She also suggests using as little water as you can in ratio to the Kool-Aid Powder.</li>
<li>Take the wool from the soak and squeeze out the extra water, place in a glass pan or dish (she uses a pyrex cake dish) and pour dye over it.</li>
<li>If doing more than one color, then add one color at a time and make sure the dye is soaked in - trying not to touch it to the other colors (prevents bleeding - although some will happen a bit).</li>
<li>Use colors that will blend well.</li>
<li>Once the dye is poured and soaked in, squish it with your hands a bit and put it in the microwave for 6 minutes, let it sit for 2-5 minutes and then cook on high for another 6 minutes. <b>As a sidenote:</b> If you do not wear gloves you will color your hands! :LOL (see below)</li>
<li>Let cool and rinse 'til water is clear (usually quick - as almost all the Kool-Aid soaks in).</li>
<li>Hang to dry - she prefers to do this on her line or in her laundry room</li>
<li>Wrap in a ball when done.</li>
</ol><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#008000;">Dyed with <b>Natural Wool</b> brand (8 ply double knit worsted weight) according to allformyboys’ method</span></span> :<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/allformyboysbasket1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Yarn: The purple/blue and sageish green aren't koolaid, but the orange, yellow, green, blue/green/yellow multi, and red/white/blue multi are all koolaid dyed! (the green one is a work in progress) The formulas are as follows:
<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Orange= 8 packets of orange koolaid 110 grams of wool, 5 oz water.</li>
<li>Green=6 packets of green/lemon-lime koolaid 200 grams of wool 6-8 oz of water. I used one packet first and dyed the darker spots then did 5 more packs all over to blend it in (cool effect)</li>
<li>Yellow=8 packets of lemonade 110 grams of wool, 5 oz water (yellow is hard to get bright)</li>
<li>Blue/green/yellow multi=yellow=2 packets lemonade- 6 oz water, blue=2 packets berry blue- 6 oz water, green=1 packet lemonade-1 packet ice blue lemonade- 6oz water.</li>
<li>Red/white/blue=red=5 packets tropical punch-5 oz water, white=natural/undyed, blue=5 packets of berry blue-5 oz water.</li>
</ol><br><b>Dyed hand:</b><br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/allformyboysdyedhand.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b>baileysmommy</b> discovered that <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Dr. Bronner's</span> is terrific from removing the KA from the hands . . . seemed to get it all off except for around the creases of the fingernails. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br><b><span>~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~</span></b><br><br><b>Amanda Gill’s Dyeing Method:</b>
<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Soak the yarn in a mixture of warm water and a 'glug' of white vinegar.</li>
<li>As yarn is soaking, prepare drink mix.</li>
<li>If painting the skeins (to get a number of colors in one skein, you can use small plastic cups to mix the powder with water)</li>
<li>Use one package of powder with about 1/4 cup warm water (more water = lighter shade, less water = brighter shade).</li>
<li>Squeeze any excess water from yarn and place in microwave-safe container (an 8x8 glass casserole dish works well).</li>
<li>Paint the yarn using a plastic syringe, a stencil brush or anything else to apply the color to the fiber.</li>
<li>Place container of yarn in microwave.</li>
<li>Cook on high for 2 minutes, let rest for 2 minutes, cook for 2 more minutes.</li>
<li>Allow entire container to cool and when cool enough to handle, rinse in water at same temperature as yarn until water runs clear.</li>
<li>Gently squeeze as much liquid out as possible and hang yarn to dry.</li>
</ol><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#008000;">Kool Aid Color Chart Dyed with <b>Berella Muskoka</b>, 100% washable merino wool</span></span>:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/amandachart1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/amandachart2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><span><b>~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~</b></span><br><br><b><span style="color:#800080;">Don’t have a microwave? No problem!</span></b><br><br><b>reeseccup’</b> Dyeing Method:
<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Using about 2 gallons of water to about 1 cup of vinegar, add Kool-Aid (more Kool-Aid packages = darker/less = lighter) once water is hot (but not boiling – barely steamy) <b>Sidenote:</b> You can pretreat the wool in hot water and vinegar ahead of time if preferred.</li>
<li>Add a hank of 100% wool yarn, stirring every so often.</li>
<li>When water is clear enough to see the bottom, and yet with a little color still, add another hank of yarn to get a lighter shade of the same color.</li>
<li>When water is clear, strain and rinse in cold water, then do a wash as you would if it were a finished product (with wool wash) and hang dry.</li>
</ol><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#008000;">Dyed with <b>Fishermans</b> according to reeseccup’s method</span></span> :<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/rc_berryblue.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/rc_blackcherry.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/rc_punch.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/rc_kiwigreen.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/rc_pinklemonade.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/rc_orange.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b><span>~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~</span></b><br><br><b>megtell’s</b> Microwave Method:<br><br>
For each color:<br><br>
1 envelope unsweetened Kool Aid<br>
6 oz water<br>
2 oz white vinegar<br>
1 microwave safe baggie
<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Fill a pot with warm water--put your wool or silk in, let it soak about 20 minutes, stirring so it is all soaked.</li>
<li>While waiting, I poured the water and vinegar and envelope into the baggie.</li>
<li>Remove the wool from the water, squeeze out. Place in the baggie, roll around so it gets totally covered. Place in microwave (you might want to place it in a dish in case it spills) and set for 2 minutes.</li>
<li><b>KEEP AN EYE on it, as natural fibers CAN catch fire in the microwave. Do NOT allow to dry out.</b></li>
<li>If you do not have access to a microwave oven, you can use a vegetable steamer and steam for half an hour.</li>
<li>When you remove it from the microwave, it will be HOT. I used a towel to squish it around. You need to squish it around until the water is clear. You might even put it in for another minute at a time, squish a lot, until the water runs clear.</li>
<li>Allow to cool. The time spent gradually cooling will allow more bonding to occur.</li>
<li>Rinse. Using cool water, rinse until the water that runs off no longer contains dye.</li>
</ol><b><span style="color:#800080;">Laundering.</span></b> When laundering becomes necessary, wash in cool water on the delicate cycle, or hand wash; be sure to follow any care instructions for wool.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#008000;">Dyed according to megtell’s method</span></span> :<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/meg_jarowool.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b><span style="color:#800080;">MDC Momma’s Wool Weight of Choice</span></b>
<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li><b>allformyboys</b> prefers 8 ply double knit worsted weight natural wool.</li>
<li><b>topk92</b> prefers 85% wool, 15% mohair blend, as it's softer, and it behaves just like 100% wool soaker-wise.</li>
<li><b>scarlet</b> got her wool by taking apart a lambswool sweater bound for<br>
Goodwill!</li>
</ol><br><b><span>~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~</span></b><br><br><b><span style="color:#800080;">How much wool do I need?</span></b><br><br><b>allformyboys</b> has found that 220 grames makes up 2 ½ medium sized soakers when using the worsted weight. She uses <b>Natural Wool</b> for 200 grams/434 m<br><br><i>C'mon mommas - need more to add in here!</i><br><br><b><span style="color:#800080;">What else have MDC Mommas Dyed with Kool-Aid?</span></b><br><br>
A Natural Aristocrat gone <b><span>GRAPE APE</span></b> by <b>Jenb</b> :<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/jb_grapeape.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Playsilks by <b>megtell</b> :<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/tyedyepics/megtell_silk.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b><span><span style="font-size:medium;">More 'Kool' Resources:</span></span></b><br><br>
More information can be found at these links:<br><br><a href="http://www.thepiper.com/fiberart/koolaid/images/colorchart-max.jpg" target="_blank"><b><span style="color:#FF0000;">Color Card</span></b></a> | <a href="http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/drinkmix.shtml" target="_blank"><b><span>Dyes & Dyeing</span></b></a> | <a href="http://www.geocities.com/knitter01/koolaid.html" target="_blank"><span style="color:#FFA500;"><b>Amanda Gill's Kool-Aid Dyeing</b></span></a> | <a href="http://www.spinnery.com" target="_blank"><span><b>Green Mountain Spinnery</b></span></a><br><br><b><span>~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~</span></b><br><br>
Are you having fun yet? Are there any resources that I haven't tapped? Let's keep this updated with current links and information and any 'new' news discovered on the wild world of Kool-Aid dyeing!<br><br><b><span style="color:#008000;"><span style="font-size:large;">It's been KOLOR-ific!</span></span></b>
 
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