Now this yarn is a wool acrylic blend, so I thought that if only the wool got dyed, it could have an interesting effect. I thought that the wool content was as high as 40%, but it is actually only 20%. My concern grew as I found this website, and saw that with 5 packets of dye per ounce of yarn, they saw very little color effect in a wool-acrylic blend.
In my kitchen, the Lion's Brand Wool-Ease yarn soaked up the dye very easily. There is a whiteish halo on the yarn, which is likely the acrylic. I love the way it ended up!
General Protocol (Stove Top)
- Soak yarn (about 1.5 ounces or 40 g) in water until it is wet
- mix food coloring/KoolAid into 1-2 cups water
- in a pot, pour the dye onto the yarn and add enough water so the yarn is just barely covered
- Simmer for 30 minutes (a little past the time when the water is clear, I wanted the dye to be set really well.)
- When I rinsed the yarn, very little dye came off. Wash with mild soap, and then hang to dry.
- 2 packets Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid, 2 packets Cherry Kool-Aid
- 3 packets Grape Kool-Aid
Boosted Kool-Aid blue raz teal
- 2 Ice Blue raspberry lemonade Kool-Aid packets. 4 drops blue food coloring, 2 drops yellow
Purple Attempt - take 1!
- 1 Kool-Aid Ice Blue raspberry lemonade packet, 1 packet pink lemonade. 5 drops blue food coloring, 10 drops red.
I'm super excited that I was able to dye this wool-acrylic blend! Now my remnant afghan will have some more punch to it and stand out more than the sampler afghan.
Some helpful dying references