DIY: Dyeing Yarn with Koolaide (Part 3) {Spring Through Your Stash}

Now for the fun part!

This yarn is called Dubh. I’ll post final information such as weight and yardage once it’s fully dry. It was still damp this morning.

How to Koolaide Dye Yarn on Your Stovetop

1. Select your yarn and tie into hanks. You may want to measure out equal skeins at this point. I didn’t because I’m going to be reskeining anyway.

skeinedbaseI skeined three balls of my n-plied handspun out of the Woolery’s Heinz 57 roving using my hardcover copy of A Gathering of Lace. Very scientific.

2. Soak your wool. Or not.

nakeddubhI soaked the hanks in the hottest water out of my tap for 20 minutes while I prepped the dye bath. You don’t actually need to soak your yarn, but what the dye does is marginally impacted by the dryness of the fiber going into the pot. Wool takes roughly 20 minutes to fully soak. You can add some vinegar to this stage if you want, or are using it.

3. Prep your dye pot

dubhdyeboxdubhdyebathI decided to go with Wilton’s and citric acid for this batch. Citric acid is what makes Koolaide tart, and it’s already in the packets. Since I’m not using Koolaide for this batch, I covered the bottom of a mason jar with loose powdered citric acid and then added a little hot water. Into the jar went:

scant 1/8 tea each

sky blue

royal blue


3 drops each

liquid no name blue

liquid black

Mix throughly to make sure all dye is diluted.

wearglovesYou might want to wear gloves.

4. Set Up Your Pot

dubhbathThe advantage of stove top is that it’s both faster, and generally your pot is going to be bigger. You have more room to work. I dumped the dye into the bottom of the pot, then added more water to the jar to wash out residue dyes. I plopped the wool into the pot (no serious thought to how it went in) and added the soak water to the pot. You want the water level to cover the wool, or the majority of it anyway. The longer it’s in there, the more submerged it’s going to get but you don’t want yarn well above the water level either.

5. Heat

13minutes 32minutes 50minutesNow comes the waiting. Set your pot to medium and start checking on it every ten minutes or so. Eventually you’re going to see the water lighten and the yarn take the color up. You’ll know it’s exhausted when the water goes clear or a sort of milky white. A white plastic spoon or measuring cup will help you check on the progress. I pulled this batch at the 50 minute mark, and the bath hadn’t exhausted.

6. Processing

dubhOnce you have the color you want or the bath is exhausted, pull from heat. When the yarn is cool enough to handle, take out of pot and hang to dry.

At this point you might want to reskein because it may have gotten messy in the bath.

If you want, you can also gently wash your dyed yarn in a weak vinegar bath to help set any loose dye in the yarn. I might end up doing that with this batch as it’s a gift.

If you notice dye transfer once you use the yarn, wash in a weak vinegar bath to set the dye further.

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