Kool-Aid and such

I was very much hoping to have a Finished Object to talk about the next time I posted, but sadly that will not be the case today. I had sudden knitting ennui this weekend. During the week I kept thinking about the lovely weekend time and how I was going to just do scads of knitting and get halfway through my fair isle sweater and finish the scarf and socks…and then the weekend arrived and my knitting was there staring at me, and the magic wasn’t there. Hrmph.

BUT, I did dye a skein of sock yarn using Kool-Aid. I’m probably the millionth knit-blogger to do this, but since Lady Octavia and I have plans do do some sock dyeing once our KnitPicks orders arrive, I thought I’d try the basic Kool-Aid route for starters. This is the result:

(Could I have failed any more at winding a skein? I don’t think so. πŸ˜‰ )

I’ll post again with more details about the process, but the basic gist is that I did the turkey-baster and microwave method, and I used 2 packets each of Strawberry, Grape, and something called Ice Blue, which didn’t work so well. If I do this again I think I’ll try mixing the Strawberry and Grape and see if I can get a sort of dark raspberry colour. Also, maybe it’s my store or maybe it’s Canadian Kool-Aid, but there was not a large variety of flavours available. Hm.

But hey, now I have a pair of socks’ worth of fruity-smelling yarn. I hope to cast on before October is up, in honour of Socktoberfest! If I can just get the last danged Pomatomus sock done…


  1. Wow, gorgeous kool-aid yarn. I’ve been meaning to get around to trying this out too. I can’t wait to see the socks!

  2. How about trying Black Cherry kool-aid for the dark color you want — though I think it would be more of a maroon than a purplish. Somewhere on the net, on Knitty, I think, there’s a page about kool-aid dying that shows the color combinations you can get with different kool-aid flavors, straight and mixed. I never saved it or I’d just give you the link.

    (Maybe it’s time for a winder? *laugh*)

  3. Kelly – thanks! I can’t wait to see the socks, too.

    Twig – I’d been hoping for the Black Cherry, but I think the Canadian Kool-Aid flavours must be different than down in the States. The only red I could find was Strawberry, and the Cherry was something called “Changin’ Cherry” that was actually blue. Hm. I think I’ll be taking a trip to the grocery stores next time I’m in the US πŸ˜‰

  4. Lovely yarn! KoolAid is so fun, and you gotta love the fruity smell πŸ˜‰

  5. I think it looks fabulous! I did some a month or so ago and posted pics, one a very bright coloured skein, the other more muted tones (which I was going for). I used quite a few different flavours on the first one and ended up mixing colours on the second one. There’s also a Berry Blue I found but haven’t used it yet, need to order more Knitpicks yarn first. I’d be happy to send you Koolaide.
    opakawumpa@yahoo.com let me know.

  6. I was thinking the same thing about you with the “How come that knitty.com article has a zillion colours of Kool-Aid, and I can only find four at my local Safeway?” question, and then I found this little ‘we sell stuff that fell off the trucks, or is past its expiry date’ store, and they’ve got all the great old colours of Kool-aid, and it’s not $0.28 a pack (or more!), but (ok, you’d better sit down here…) THREE CENTS EACH!!!!!

  7. You want I should send you some? πŸ™‚

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