Today is my Mother’s birthday. So to celebrate, I’m sharing more about a scarf I knit her with yarn I dyed using Kool-Aid. My hope is that you have some cake and tea handy to enjoy while reading this. And maybe hum a little to wish Julia a happy birthday.
Years ago, I got together with my Kool-Aid dyeing buddy Stew to create our own custom colorways of yarn for fun. You can read about it HERE. In the first batch we ever made was a muted create base Aran weight which I made two shades of raspberry and lilac to stripe together for a garter stitch scarf.
But I wanted more depth to the colors so I paired the hand-dyed Aran weight with a store-bought sock weight yarn. I did this after dyeing, but before winding it into a cake. That way the sock yarn was with it as one, though I did wind the lilac into a cake first because it was untidy.
The sock yarn winner was Zitron Trekking sock yarn. This is what the yarn looked like before I knitted it up. I dyed a second hank, paired it with the same sock yarn, and knitted the two lots in stripes for a subtle color variation.
It is very woolly and warm. I later bought my mom a coat to match it!