It is surprisingly easy to dye wool yarn using only vinegar and kool-aid. The photo above is my 'before' picture of Lion Brand 100% wool yarn that I bought at the local Hobby Lobby. Here is what you need: a crockpot, a bowl, a salad spinner (not absolutely necessary, but comes in handy), white vinegar, and several packets of kool-aid in the color you want to use. And the process is:
- Fill your bowl with enough water to cover your loosely wound skein of yarn.
- Add 3/4 cup vinegar to the water, then add the yarn.
- Let sit for 1 hour.
- Fill your crockpot with enough water to cover your yarn.
- Add 1/2 cup vinegar to the crockpot.
- Add the kool-aid packets to the crockpot (the more packets the darker the color) and stir well.
- Move the yarn from the bowl into the crockpot.
- Turn the crockpot on high, cover and wait until the crockpot water runs clear. (The yarn will eventually soak up all the dye from the kool-aid.) This may take a few hours.
- Turn off the crockpot, uncover and let the water come to room temperature.
- Rinse the yarn a few times with water.
- If you have a salad spinner, spin the yarn a few times to get out excess water. Otherwise gently wring out the water and then wrap tightly in a bath towel to help dry it out.
- Drap the yarn on a clothes hanger and hang it somewhere to air dry.
Voila! The picture below shows how some of the colors turned out. The kool-aid flavors used were lemonade, orange, grape, pink lemonade, lime, and berry blue.