We learned a new skill on Saturday: dying yarn with sugar-free Kool-Aid! This workshop was a highlight of our Wool Days visit to Old Sturbridge Village, and I was so impressed that they let the kids participate! The other workshop participants (all grown women) were also super nice to the kids!
Each kid got a 50 yards of wool yarn laid out on a sheet of plastic wrap. I think the yarn was spun from the wool of the village sheep! Bowls of Kool-Aid dye (eight packets of sugar-free Kool-Aid dissolved in one quart of water) were set out. The kids spooned the dye onto the yarn, and did a great job of not spilling – even Lily!
Once they had colored their wool yarn to their satisfaction, it was rolled up in the plastic wrap it was sitting on, microwaved on high for two minutes to set the dye, and then rinsed in tepid water (you don’t want an extreme temperature change or the wool yarn will start felting together). Then the yarn was wrung dry and put in a little bag for each child to bring home.
We hung the yarn out to dry, and then rolled it into balls. I love that each skein of yarn reflects its owner’s personality – all the colors of the rainbow for Emma, mostly green for Johnny, and mostly purple and red for Lily (I’m sure she would have done pink, had that been an option). We are still deciding what to make with it – what would you do with fifty yards of sport-weight yarn?