Sunday, March 29, 2009

Kool Aid and Frekkie

Jen's Kool Aid, brought at Christmas last year, was experimented with today. Some Frekkie 08 left over was subjected to Black Cherry (2 oz) and Ice Blue Raspberry (1 7/8 oz) and is currently drying in the airing cupboard. I used Barbara M. Harris-Pruitt's formula on the stove and it worked very well. Generally it's 1 packet/oz of wool but, I used only one pkt for the lesser amount above as it indicated that superwash wool took the dye up more avidly - and Frekkie is very superwash indeed. It includes a good quantity of vinegar (2 fl oz/packet).
The Ice Blue looks lovely and cherry is nice too but calculations suggest this would be a rather expensive way to dye large quantities of wool (compare to several commercial dyes).
Looking forward to adding the photos as soon as the hanks are dry. Don't know what I'll do with it yet - but I'd like to make something for Jen.
Still have 2 sachets each of Slasmmin Strawberry and Tropical Punch and one of Ice Blue. So I know Frekkie's fleece accepts the dye well - may add to her colorful store after she is sheared in May.

2 comments:

Tina - omme i London aka teeweewonders said...

I tried colouring with Kool Aid last year and I loved the result. I can't believe people drink this stuff though!

Catherine said...

Their inner selves must be very colorful :)