Earlier this summer I was gifted thirteen different varieties of Kool-aid from the United States. We have Kool-aid here in Canada and lots of different flavours, but the American Kool-aid is slightly different. For starters, there are different flavours available in each country. Then, even with the same flavour there are slight differences when using it for dye. For example, orange Canadian Kool-aid gives a slightly more neon orange than orange American Kool-aid.
From top to bottom, left to right.
Orange, Lemon-Lime, Lemonade, Grape
Pink Lemonade, Soarin' Strawberry Lemonade, Watermelon Cherry, Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade, Berry Blue
Black Cherry, Cherry, Tropical Punch, Blastin' Berry Cherry
There is almost no difference in the shade of the Soarin' Strawberry Lemonade and the Watermelon Cherry. Same pink. Also, the Tropical Punch and the Blastin' Berry Cherry are an identical shade of red.
I used five packets of Kool-aid for each 100 gram skein. I've learned from past trial and errorssssssss that that gives me a true saturated colour. Less and the colour isn't true, more and the dye is wasted. I heat a pot of water, add the Kool-aid, stir until the Kool-aid is dissolved, and then add the wet skein. Simmer for about 5-10 minutes - not long!!. Let cool a bit and rinse. Kool-aid dyeing is truly easy.
Now, the question of the summer. What do I do with all this brilliant colour? I'd like to make something for Yves, the gift giver. What? Some blindingly bright Kaffe Fassett type thing? How can I possibly combine all these colours in one project? Suggestions are welcomed.
School doesn't officially start for me until next week but the reality of the situation is that it requires more preparation than most realize. My classroom was painted over the summer break and things are a mess. So this week is cleaning, sorting, and re-organizing at school just to see my way clear to the desks!!! It's not like punching the clock so I can come and go as I please but, things need to be ready to go by the end of the week. My summer holiday is basically over - sob, sob.