My lovely friends got me some yarn and a selection of Kool Aid sachets for my birthday. I had no excuse anymore.
I wasn't prepared for the following factors:
1. Needing a really big pan.
2. The god awful smell of Kool Aid.
Seriously, the smell nearly gave me a headache. I will never drink that stuff! As for the pan problem, I own two smallish pans, so I halved the yarn and did two dying batches.
After half an hour (which apparently is important!), I squeezed out the water then filled the pans with half boiling, half cold water, then plonked in the yarn.
I decided, after googling other peoples outcomes, that I quite liked the 'grape' shade on it's own. So I sprinkled that sachet all over the yarn in pan no.1.
In pan no. 2. I decided to just put all the other colours in. So I sprinkled the colours in different sections and watched it cling to the yarn. Once they began to boil, I let them simmer for half an hour. I became slightly obsessive watching and timing.... despite the smell.
After the water cooled to room temperature, I rinsed it under the tap for a while to get rid of any non-fixed dye. Sadly it didn't get rid of the smell. I squeezed out as much water as I could (I read somewhere that it's important not to wring out the wool at this point) and then lay it on a towel on the radiator to dry. This method of drying was taking too long for me, I'm so impatient. I decided that since I had the fire on I would drape the yarn over my transformers toy and dry it out in front of the fire.... Goal achieved.
What should I make with them?
I took some snaps to show you all my methods for winding a ball of yarn. I have a couple of ways, I will post it soon.