Dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid is a great way to get started learning about how to dye yarn. It's pretty quick and easy and doesn't require any special tools or equipment. Because Kool-Aid is the only thing used in the process, you can even use a regular pot or pan that you use for cooking rather than buying all new utensils and pots to use.
To begin dyeing with Kool-Aid, you need to gather a few supplies:
- one ounce of wool yarn, wound into a hank, tied loosely in at least four places with acrylic yarn
- one packet Kool-Aid, flavor of your choice (I used orange)
- wool wash or liquid dish soap
- a pot or pan big enough to fit your yarn, preferably with a lid (I used a big piece of aluminum foil to cover mine)
- water and a sink
Of course you can dye more than one ounce of yarn at once, but starting with a small quantity is a good idea while you're learning. The ratio of one packet Kool-Aid to one ounce of yarn should be maintained regardless of how much yarn you're dyeing, though you can add more powder to get a richer color, less for a lighter color.