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Kool-aid Mittens: bl-linda

I finished my mittens last week. The fiber was Kool-aid dyed. The six colors are from three packets. For each color I added half the fiber, then when some of the original color was gone, added the second half of the fiber. For example, the first half of the fiber dyed green from the lime Kool-aid. The color that was left in the dyebath dyed the second half of the fiber aqua.

Each piece of the six colors was carded into six rolags (total of 36 rolags altogether). I arranged the stripe order based on the “changing of the bells” technique from the most recent Handwoven and spun the wool on my spindle. I navajo-plied the yarn to keep the colors pure. The pattern is a mix of several knitted mitten patterns that fits me well.

It sure was lots of fun to plan a project from the fiber to the end-product!

Linda

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
kool-aid dyed yarn

Kool-aid dyed knitted mittens

Kool-aid Dyes

Kool-aid Colors
How to Dye yarn with Koolaid.

Spindle Spinning

Productive Spindling
A look at top whorl, bottom whorl and Turkish spindle methods to boost your techniques for efficiency and make productivity fun
UK: Productive Spindling

Spinning in the Old Way
A guide to readers in the fast-track, low-cost, high-quality approach to spinning. No spinning wheel required.
UK: Spinning in the Old Way

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Textile Crafts: aa092697

I learned the love of textiles as a child. On dreary, rainy days, my mother would give me a ball of knitting yarn and a pair of needles and together we would knit. Even now, when it is raining outside, my favourite thing is to pick up some wool and begin a new project. The warmth of the fiber and the lovely colours are enough to cheer anyone up.

When I give spinning demonstrations, children are fascinated with the spinning wheel. They love to watch and touch the fiber and are thrilled when they are given a piece of the finished yarn. Children like to explore new materials and textures and to make things. fiber is a great medium for creativity.

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Here a few ideas of things you can do with your kids to teach them about our craft.

Cardboard Loom

You can learn about weaving by making a loom from a cardboard box.

Easter Egg Dyes

Dye wool yarns or Easter eggs with dyes you can find right in your own kitchen.

Felt

If you have some fleece or wool roving, making felt placemats or other items can be an easy and creative activity. Handwork is an important part of the educational program in Waldorf schools. Children learn to wash and card wool. They are taught to spin their wool and knit. Handwork aids in fine motor skill development and stimulates thinking.

The Young Textile Group is active in working with children to learn about textiles. Weaving, embroidery, knitting, feltmaking and papermaking are just a few of the many facets explored.

A fun project that just needs a bit of yarn from your stash, is this yarn octopus.

Children also love to work with colour. Kool-aid dyeing is a fun thing to do with kids. This project is best to do outdoors.

Family Fun Craft Projects

Weaving Demonstration at Mudchute Farm

Craft Kits

I Taught Myself Knitting Beginners Kit
Kit includes book (with instructions for left handers) single point needle pair in size 6 and 8 a knit tally cable stitch needles stitch holders tapestry yarn needles 3/4 cabone rings point protectors and a knitting gauge.

The Knit Kit Tadpole Knitting Board Scarf Kit with DVD
The knitting board is a centuries old hand knitting tool that creates beautiful, double knit.

Flexiloom – Mitten Loom Set
This loom set is great for making knit mittens. You can also make: preemie hats, scarves, hot pads, socks, baby booties, and much more. The set comes complete with (1) 18 peg preemie loom (3 3/4″ diameter), (1) 12 peg thumb loom (2″ diameter), (1) steel pick tool with a comfort grip handel, and a instruction sheet for making mittens.

Beka Rigid Heddle Childs Loom 10″
An excellent loom for the beginning weaver, it also performs well as a portable loom for more experienced weavers. This loom features Beka rigid heddles which provide the weaver with an easy and reliable method of weaving. Both simple and complex techniques may be done with this loom.

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Dyes – Kool-aid Colors : aa082097

Have your kids made Kool-aid and have you noticed that their mouth or hands turn an interesting shade of color? Well, Kool-aid can be used for more than just a summertime drink. Kool-Aid can be used to dye any animal fiber such as pure wool, dog hair, angora rabbit or mohair. It is relatively safe (as we drink it), easy to use and can be purchased at any grocery store.

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Dye Safety

Dyeing with Kool-Aid can be done in your kitchen, though this is not recommended. If you are using commercial dyes, do try to set up a separate dye space. Dyes are not safe to use around food preparation areas. During the summer, I do my dye projects outside. I use a 2 burner electric hotplate.

Do not use pots or cooking utensils that will be used in your kitchen. For small dye projects, I have purchased a set of stainless steel mixing bowls, though any small pots will do.

For this project, I wanted to see what types of colors would result using Kool-Aid (the unsweetened kind). Using about 2 ounces of 2 ply natural white wool, I wound off about 15 sample hanks. To wind a hank, holding the yarn in the palm of your hand, wrap it around your elbow and back up. Wrap it around approximately 10 times and tie the bundle off.

Before dyeing, the yarn must be clean and free of wool grease or other contaminants. Soak the samples in warm water with a bit of soap added. I use Dawn dishwashing liquid as I find that it does a fine job of cleaning wool. Rinse the wool thoroughly to remove any soap residue.


I used one package each of Lemonade (yellow), Kiwi-Lime (lime green), Pink Swimmingo (pink), and Grape (purple). Kool-Aid dyes can be set by using heat and acid. I put about 2 cups of warm water into each of 4 stainless steel mixing bowls and added about a teaspoon of vinegar along with the Kool-Aid. I heated the water to almost boiling.

I put one sample skein into each of the 4 pots and let them simmer. When a pot started to get too hot, I would remove it from the heat and put one of the other pots onto the burner. It took a few minutes for the yarn to begin to absorb the dye. Yarn colour is not influenced by the amount of water in a pot but by the amount of dye substance. The dye in the Lemonade pot was exhausted with just one sample skein. All that was left was clear water. So I continued on with the other 3 pots of dye.


I removed the first set of skeins from the pots and then placed all of the remaining skeins into the dye pots and let them simmer. After a few minutes I removed 2 skeins from each pot, squeezed out the excess water and placed them into the other 2 pots of dye. That is, I took 2 skeins from the Lemon-Lime pot and put them into the Grape and Pink Swimmingo. Similarly, I took 2 from the other pots and moved them as well. A few minutes later, I moved the samples from pot to pot again. Soon, the pink dye bath was exhausted, so I left the remaining samples in the Grape pot to simmer.

For this type of dye to be heat set, the yarn needs to be heated for about 20 minutes. I placed the samples into a steamer on top of the dye pot and let them steam. Then I rinsed the samples in soapy water and let dry.
Although Kool-aid dyes don’t give as strong colours as commercial dyes, the colours were still quite lovely and the faint odour of Kool-Aid still remains.

Koolaid Mittens
Linda found that Kool-aid dyes can be bright and colourful as she spun the wool on a drop spindle and Navajo-plied the yarn to keep the colours pure.

Dyes and Colour

Crock Pot Dyeing

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