I've been reading what other people have been doing with hand dyeing/painting yarn for a little while, but only recently (in the last two weeks) worked up the nerve to try it myself. After reading an article on hand painting yarn on Knitty, I decided that I wanted to try each method. I went to Micheal's on my lunch hour and purchased a few shades of Wilton's icing colorant (cornflower blue, violet, and pink).
I spent a Saturday soaking yarn in water and vinegar, mixing dyes, and pouring them into the pot. After a couple hours of work, several hours of waiting and watching, and many more hours of drying time I achieved the following results:
The variegation is blotchy and organic in look, which is what I was hoping would happen. I really enjoy the mixture of colors. For a first attempt, I am very pleased.
Now I want to try using Kool-Aid. This is where the dilemma began. The only flavors of Kool-Aid that I have been able to find are all variants of red or yellow. While I can (and will) use these and mix them to make varying shades, I was really hoping to find a good lime, orange, or dare I say blue color to use.
I went ahead and purchased numerous packets of the black cherry, strawberry, and lemonade flavors. Luckily, I had my son with me at the time so the checker must just think he really likes to drink Kool-aid. I'm sure I can create some wonderful color combinations with these, but, true to my nature, I am not satisfied with my search. As such, I am off to scour all the local grocery stores and like to see if I can find some of the illusive colors.