It's really no surprise that I love hand dyed yarn. If you read my blog regularly or look at my Ravelry project page, you'll see Madelinetosh, Malabrigo and my own hand dyed yarn all over the place. The last time I dyed yarn was last year and I had to change that. This weekend I while organizing my stash (which really could be a whole separate post), I found some yarn to dye. I also pulled out all of my dyeing accessories - gel dyes, Koolaid, jars, spoons, giant pot - you get the idea. Dyeing yarn, especially with Koolaid, is super easy and a lot of fun (here's an article from Knitty that explains the basics). My son (he's 3) even got in on the fun this time around.

I wanted to make something bright, so I opted for neon green and bright blue. I used several packets of Koolaid for each color. I used more dye than I normally would have because this is non-superwash yarn. I also dumped the dry powder directly on the wet yarn for a more intense color.

Why yes, I am using my All-Clad stockpot for dyeing yarn. 
Don't worry, it's all food safe, remember?

All in all, I'm pretty pleased with the results! I'm not totally sure what I'm going to use the yarn for just yet. I've got 220 yards of worsted weight wool to work with so there are lots of possibilities.

So, have you ever tried dyeing? If so, did you like it?


  1. Just started!!! And I'm FULLY addicted!

  2. The colors are beautifully bright!

  3. I have never tried it but it looks like fun. I love the colors you used!

  4. That looks so cool. I have to try it too :-) Love your colors

  5. I've never been a big dyer, but I have done some Kool Aid dyeing and it's a lot of fun. Much easier and less messier than other fibre dyeing techniques too.


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