November 22, 2008

Yarn Party and a Kool Aid Buzz

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 10:35 pm by Jenn

Today was my “yarn party”.  I invited a few people (I met all of them via Ravelry) over to dye some yarn.  There were four of us and a LOT of Kool Aid.  Each of us dyed 2 skeins.  Surprisingly, we all ended up with similar colors in various shades of red/purple (and a couple of skeins with orange and yellow).

We used at least 4 packs of Kool Aid to 4 cups of water and in some cases a few more packs of Kool Aid for deeper color or another round of Kool Aid plus water to give more color coverage over the yarn.  It was just a let’s see what happens if I do this kind of day.  I think we were all pleased with the results.

I don’t have pictures of all the skeins, but here is what I have (thanks Jess for sharing your photos). 

We let the yarn soak in warm water with a little wool wash for about 20-30 minutes.  While the yarn was soaking we mixed the color and put it on the stove to boil. 

more-pouring1         watch-pot

When the color was ready we removed the yarn from the soak, squeezed out the excess water


and then added it to the pot of boiling Kool Aid water.  It was neat to watch the yarn absorb the kool aid. 


Some of the yarn absorbed lots of color and other pieces didn’t absorb too much…notice that all of the color has been absorbed, you can see that the water is clear.   For some of the yarns if we decided that the yarn needed more color we just mixed up more kool aid, brought it to a boil and then put the yarn back in.  Other skeins looked really cool with the color variations from light to dark so we left them as is. 

Here’s Jessica admiring her masterpiece before we added the second round of color


Then we started playing around with two different colors.


Jen who’s hands you see pictured here was dyeing this skein.  She recommends not using your hands in boiling water.  I think I’d be inclined to agree with her.

Here are a few pictures of the finished skeins with the Kool Aid recipe used to achieve the look.


Skein 1 (far left) – 2 packets Cherry, 2 packets Grape – 4 cups water

Skein 2 (middle) – 2 packets Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade, 2 packets Blastin’ Berry Cherry – 4 cups water

Skein 3 (far right) – 2 packets Lemonade, 2 packets Orange – 4 cups water x 2 rounds


Top skein – 2 packets Black Cherry, 1 packet Ice Blue Raspberry, 1 packet Tropical Punch, 1/2 packet Grape – 4 cups water

Bottom skein – 4 packets Lemonade as base, then 4 packets Cherry – 4 cups water each round

So there you have it.  Lots of fun, lots of yarn and maybe a few ideas for the next party.



  1. Jessica said,

    thanks for having us!

  2. susan said,

    Looks like fun!

  3. […] decided to use some of the yarn we dyed at a friend’s yarn party […]

    Love the mittens…and the yarn of course.

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