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Today is one of those gray, dreary days where a little more color is a welcome sight. It's a perfect day for Kool-Aid dyeing wool batts. I've been blending a lot of Suffolk fleece with Icelandic fleece. It makes a fantastic sock wool blend!

There are two things to remember about Kool-Aid: 1. It is a protein dye, meaning that you can dye hair, wool, and silk with it. 2. Wear gloves & safety goggles because it can and will dye your hands and can sting your eyes!!
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Step 1: What you need:

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You will need an old, junky pot that you don't cook in anymore;
a medium sized wash basin (critter feed bowl from Fleet Farm);
old ladle or spoon you don't cook with;
pair of rubber gloves to keep your hands from being dyed;
safety glasses or safety goggles
cider vinegar;
1/2 cup measuring cup or liquid measuring cup;
Kool-Aid in the colors you wish to work with - I always figure 1 packet per 2 ounces of fiber I want to dye;
some wool batts (4, 1-ounce batts used here)

Step 2: Prepare waterbath

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Fill your ceramic pot (you can see mine is very well used for dyeing) about 3/4 full with cold water.

Add 1/2 cup cider vinegar.


Step 3: Place dye pot on stove and add Kool-Aid

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Place dye pot on stove and turn your burner on somewhere between medium and medium-low.

Pour in your Kool-Aid powder. I used 2 packets for 4 ounces of wool batts.

Stir with ladle or spoon and let sit until the top of the water looks like it's being sprinkled on (You'll see little tiny bubbles popping on the surface of the dye bath - about 20 minutes).

Step 4: Prepare wool batts for dyeing

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Run medium hot tap water into the wash basin until about 3/4 full.

Separate the wool batts.

Push batts, all at once, into wash basin making sure to get all air bubbles out by holding the batts under the water.

Let sit until dye bath is ready (previous step).

Lift wool batts all at once out of water  and squeeze most of the water out of it.
Do you know how well the color holds up to washing? Does it work well with cotton fibers? It makes a pretty color! :-)
Kool-Aid holds up very well for washing. As I mentioned in my intro, Kool-Aid is a protein dye. Cotton is a cellulose or vegetable fiber and needs a different type of dye. I highly recommend this for dyeing cotton, bamboo, ramie, hemp, etc.