Making the path

A friend of mine has a signature – “There is no path. Paths are made by walking.” I think that fits the monk’s satchel beautifully. It’s a thing made for travelling, to be carried by one who travels physically and spiritually.

Well, the first part of the path towards this object has been completed. The strap is done – mostly. I’ve got 74″ of seed stitch done, but it needs to be topped by a couple of rows in the Candy Apple colorway.

Here’s the problem: I can’t find any of the damn Candy Apple yarn. So I’m going to make some.

I’ve got a couple half-used skeins of the Putty color (basically white). I’m winding that into skeins which I’m going to dye with some Kool-Aid™ to get a nice deep red. Once those skeins are dry, I’ll finish up the strap and continue with the other panels.

So… anyone know how to dye yarn?

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  1. David Says:

    The cotton fleece is 80/20 cotton/wool, so Kool-Aid is probably not the answer.

    I think I’m going to give yarn.com a look and see if they’ve got what I need. (THANK YOU CARI!)

  2. Cari Says:

    WEBS has candy apple:

    http://www.yarn.com/yarns-knitting/cottonfleece.html

  3. Stacey Budge Says:

    Koolaid is actually a very good dye for WOOL.. The citric acid in the powder is the right ph for dying protein fiber, but be prepared to use a lot of packages. Knitty had 2 articles on dying wool. Otherwise for wool I would use lanaset fro http://www.earthguild.com. I have not had a lot of luck with RIT in the long term, it fades easily. I think it is mainly for cellulose (plant) fiber therefor the wrong PH. I have also had success with using prociom but using vinegar instead of soda ash. Email me offline I can give you some links with info.

  4. Anne Says:

    I’ve never managed to get any kind of deep color with Kool Aid, despite my best efforts. If you want a deep, true red, I’d use RIT dyes–you can get those at Walmart, and their website (ritdye.com) has tips for using different fibers.

  5. Chris Says:

    I the color does not run if you dye it with kool aid when it rains or if you are carrying it on a particularly hot Texas day.