Just like Ken Kesey’s, except that mine involved only the citric acid from the Kool Aid, and there were no hippies, and there wasn’t a bus, and…well, OK, it was nothing like Ken Kesey’s Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. But it was a test involving Kool Aid.
Check it out! Yarn! Dyed by me! With Kool Aid!
Months and months ago, I ordered a skein of Knit Picks Shadow in Oregon Coast. I did this because I had a pattern calling for three skeins of Shadow and I had three skeins of Shadow, but then, when I read the pattern, I realized that the swatch part of the pattern used a lot of yarn, and the pattern never said whether I needed an extra skein for that or not. I figured I’d be safe and I ordered one. I picked the Oregon Coast color because it looked like an off white on my computer screen, and I thought it would shown the lace pattern clearly.
It arrived, and while it was pretty, it turned out to be beige. I liked it in the abstract, but I couldn’t picture doing anything with it. This was OK for as long as I harbored the illusion that it was just swatch yarn, but once I decided to scrap the project in question (a bed jacket that may have had some sizing issues) I was stuck with 440 random yards of beige.
Last night, in a fit of inspiration, I grabbed the sucker, unwound it (it had been in ball form from the days when it was being swatched) and proceeded to dye it in Kool Aid.
I actually messed up. The first time I stuck it in, I used two packets of Black Cherry and one of Grape, and the color was perfect, but for some reason, I didn’t manage to distribute it evenly. I looked at the skein and decided that I wasn’t happy with the way the dye was distributed, so I made a new pot with two packets of Orange and one of Lemon. Then I popped the skein back in.
It’s just right now – better than what I had originally intended. The orange and yellow toned down the dark red and purple, and it’s got a more unified look, but still a lot of nice variation. This Kool Aid thing is a little addictive, I’m afraid.
I’m going to make the skein of yarn into a lace scarf – one half of a pattern I have in my head for a scarf and shawl in a lace pattern I made up.