Thursday, December 21, 2006

Are you sure you should be drinking that?!?!

Kool Aid is wonderful stuff....it's an American cordial (sort of) powdery drink mix which comes in little sachets. I couldn't imagine drinking it, but it's wonderful because it permanently dyes fleece and rovings in lovely colours...which smell realllll nice! hehe! Tye tracked some down in the city and threw some my way, God love 'er.... These photos here are dyed only with the Kool Aid. I used a purple sachet(grape flavour??), an orange one, which was apparently a mandarin flavoured drink, a weird white polar icy thingo which I couldn't even get my head around, and another one that boasts being blue powder that made green drink that ended up as Cherry..(huh!?!.) Not that you follow the directions on the pack, of course....(you don't add any sugar when you're dying with it)....I was absolutely stunned to read how much sugar you're supposed to add when making up the drink. It was something like a cup to a pint. I'm thinking a pint is about 700 mls or so but don't quote me on that... This green dyed roving is made by the Cherry sachet. When I tossed in the White Polar powder drink it went fluro...I'm not joking. Fluro. To get the varied strengths in the one roving I simply tied it up in knots before I tossed it into the near-boiling mixture...all of a sudden the water in the saucepan on the stove top goes clear and that's when its ready to take out. This roving has had the powder sprinkled directly onto it when wet...then wrapped and microwaved for 7 minutes....very high tech!........not! One sort of disturbing thing, though.....I wanted to dye some bright orange rovings for a beanie for my brother so I drove into the Melbourne to the Spinners Guild and bought some "Citrus" landscape wool dye. I dyed those rovings up some time ago. It was still hanging on my drying rack when I dyed these Kool Aid rovings and I was flummoxed to see that THEY WERE IDENTICAL. Now either Landscape uses Kool aid or Kool aid uses Landscape...or they both use somethin' else. I'm not sayin' nothin'....... make of it what you will....hehe Well...that's it from Sheepychic bloggings. All the very best, and do try to get your hands on some Kool Aid. It's worth it just for the nice smell through the house! Any enquiries for yarn or rovings for sale please email sheepychic@hotmail.com All the very best, Ruth. Have a very, very Merry Christmas. Kiss ya man, hug ya mum, give the kids a lolly and pat the dog.

9 comments:

roseys madhouse said...

They look great Darl and I must say I love reading your blogs they always make me smile and this morning laugh. Can you hug my mum for me though your closer lol.

kerry said...

Wow those colours are bright!
I bet you cant wait to knit that beanie now!

Merry Munchkin Designs said...

I would rather poke my eyes out than drink that stuff! I did all the other stuff you said but I dont have a dog and if I did I would give it Kool Aid to see what happened.... hehehe

Love Tye X

Ruth.... said...

If I had a white doggie I would give him a little Kool aid bath for Christmas...hehe...rainbow coloured!

Little Miss Kylie said...

You go girl!

As you know, I am a huge fan of yarn dyed with Kool Aid.

Hmmm, I'm thinking I might be making a purchase from you soon Ruth.

Kye xx

Ruth.... said...

I'm working on setting up a Sheepychic "catablog" very shortly which will set out which yarns are available at what cost...posters can nab them in the comments and the yarn'll be theirs...theirs...(insert deranged laugh here..) theirssss....it'll be separate to this blog and linked through. Keep your eye out! Mind you, Kye...I think we'll have you up and spinning soon. Theres been some great wheels on eBay lately...

That Spinning Place said...

Love your science experiments with dye/evil cordial powder, Ruth. You're a Dye Diva!!

Have a superb Christmas with the family.

Wen

hollyeqq@hotmail.com said...

Send me your address via email (hollyeqq@hotmail.com) and I will mail you all the Kool Aid you want. I am not just saying this - you can trade me something after you recieve it. It is $.10 cents a package in the states and the generic is even less. The generic works just fine.
There is a much covetted lime green that is WAY FUN. If you go to my site and scroll wayyyyy down there are some wristlets made from this green. I forget the name.
They say that the kool aid colors fade after some time - but I don't believe it. I usually use acid dyes, but kool aid creates a different look when you are in the mood and it is easier if you are showing kids.

The ice blue is good to pour on top of the fiber that you have dyed another color. It gives you splotches of blue along with the base color. It is also the best tasting kool aid. You don't need to add 1/2 the sugar it requires. It probably is an acquired taste. Parents used to give it their kids when they had tons of company because it was so cheap - probably stil do. Although that whole red dye thing has come out since I was a kid! It isn't any less sugar than Capri Sonnes.

Also, when you are dyeing with it, you don't have to cook it/ microwave it and all that - Just run the tap as hot as it will go and let it soak good. That and the vinegar and you are good to go!
Happy dyeing.
Holly

Ruth.... said...

very cool, Holly...shall do. I checked out your blog and it is a great read! All the best, Ruth

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