10 March 2010

Using up Wool Yarn



The vest shown is a before dyeing and after dyeing with blue kool-aid.

In the sewing room shake up, a lot of forgotten wool yarn was exposed. A lot. I've been knitting away on items for Wool-aid.  Here is their mission statement:  
Wool-Aid is a community of knitters and crocheters who create warm woolen garments for children who live in the coldest climates and have the least access to resources.
Our mission is to provide the very neediest children with wool socks, sweaters, vests, mittens, and hats, as well as wool baby blankets for newborns.
We work with organizations that have a focus on helping children and that are not religion-based. These organizations distribute the warm woolen garments handcrafted by Wool-Aid volunteers to children who would otherwise suffer from extreme cold
Because the request is for THICK woolen items I have been doubling the yarn. Boy, Howdy! is this a great stash buster. To date I have finished:
  • 4 vests 
  • 3 pairs of socks 
  • 4 pairs of mittens 
  • 6 hats 
  • 1 baby blanket
Now to box them up and ship them out.


    1. You are too utterly fabulous Miss Kool-aid Wool-aid! I love your creativity and your giving spirit.

      Do you do anything special to set the Kool-aid? All I've ever dyed with it is hair and of course (luckily, or she'd still have a blue streak) it eventually washed out.

    2. Your generosity and creativity abound. Well done, you!

    3. You are so talented, girl!! I love the Kool-Aid dyed sweater!

    4. Oh Paula...what a wonderful cause and the Kool-aid dying is fantastic. I salute you!!!

    5. That is a win-win for everyone. You get some clearing out done and a child stays warm.

    6. Excellent. You are a good girl. I enjoy quick knitting, so I bet if I can find something that would 'fill the bill' (i.e. buy some wool yarn) I cold manage something. I'll try to get myself organized and ask you for contact information. Cheers for you and for this great project.

    7. I've never tried Kool-aid dyeing, but your results are tempting me to give it a go. The vest is lovely. Keep up the good work.

      Thanks for the Wool-aid link. I am going to check it out soon.

    8. I was amazed at how beautiful the Kool-aid dye made the wool. Wonderful!

      You get so much done you much knit in your sleep. LOL

    9. You are doing so much good...great vest, I like it!

    10. I didn't even know there was such a thing as blue kool-aid!

    11. Kool Aid dye - who knew? I echo Michele's question - how do you set it? blessings, marlene

    12. That sounds like a great organization - helping where the need is the greatest. You are very talented and generous.