After reading the long thread on this subject on Craftster, I picked up one of every flavor of the unsweetened KoolAid packets at the neighborhood Safeway and got busy. Click here for the Knitty instructions I used. It was so fun, quick, and easy! And I’m very proud of the results.
First I soaked some superbulky wool yarn–recycled from a thrift store sweater–in hot water. After squeezing out as much water as I could (no wringing), arranged the hank in a pyrex baking pan lined with plastic wrap.
Then I used a turkey baster to alternate patches of Strawberry and Orange. One packet of each, each in six ounces of hot water. I used all of it and was worried I didn’t have enough. But, with a plastic bag over my hands–the dye really sticks to your skin!–I gently pressed on the hank to distribute the dye. Ah, the overpowering smell of concentrated KoolAid…
Then I <(edit) covered the pan with more plastic wrap and> popped it in the microwave for 2 minutes, and 2 minutes more. The water from the yarn ran clear, though the dye still stained my fingers.
Just to be sure that the dye would fix, I put a couple of spoons of vinegar in the rinsewater. Might have been voodoo–the acid in the KoolAid is supposed to be enough–but it didn’t hurt anything.
The hank took 3 days to dry! Too thick, I guess. But I really love the variegated dark pink/orange. Yum! Want to make a hat out of it. Next dye job: over-dye two balls of Lion Woolease. It’s only 30% wool but the wool part will still take dye.