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1  Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID in Dyeing: Completed Projects by adriknits on: June 26, 2006 09:29:02 AM
Did you soak the yarn/fiber beforehand? I find a good soak in warm water with a glug of vinegar helps a lot. Also, it sounds like you need more heat/cook time. Do you have a crockpot? Toss it in on low heat for two hours, keep an eye on it, just in case you don't have enough water in it. Then, since you're having trouble getting the color to stay in, try letting it sit in the crock pot with the lid on until cool, or overnight. Then try to rinse it. I don't know if it'll help, but it's worth a shot.

Thanks!! I'm not sure what it was, but I tried both suggestions and.... success!!
Dyed soy silk that doesn't bleed:


..and here is that silk/alpaca blend I dyed on Friday, which is becoming a pair of convertible mittens. I have mixed feelings about the color combo--I think it's the Christmassy red and green that's putting me off:
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2  Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID in Dyeing: Completed Projects by adriknits on: June 14, 2006 03:25:17 PM
I love the blue/green ones!
I think I heard someone mention (maybe in this thread, maybe somewhere else) that soy silk could be dyed with kool-aid??? Is this true??


Here are some yarns I dyed last weekend:


The first is Alpaca and the other two are merino. I think I bought every flavor of kool-aid they had at gristedes.com.
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3  Re: "Lucky" from SNBN knitalong in Knitalongs by adriknits on: June 13, 2006 10:59:40 PM
Ok, I decided on the Sapphire Blue for the body, and Deep Sea for the sash. The hemp is surprisingly nice to work with. It's a bit stiff, but it doesn't feel bad on my hands, and the stiffness keeps it from unraveling when I yank the needle too hard and all the stitches come flying off. The fabric is a little rough, but flowy. It seems like it would get softer when washed. I'm excited to see how this turns out.

 I realized I was doing my YOs all wrong in the first clover row, but decided against ripping it --it doesn't bother me that much, and I might be able to make it look better during blocking. Here's what I have so far..i'm hoping that by posting this here, I'll be motivated to work on it more--I've already been distracted and started another project. I need to get back on track.

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4  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by adriknits on: February 15, 2006 09:31:25 PM
Hi! Thought I'd share mine--The top one was made in December from Noro Silk Garden shade #232. I did one extra increase. The bottom one I finished last week--it's made from SW Trading Co's Phoenix soy silk yarn in "Purplexed"

I did a kind of half-assed blocking, where I hand washed them and then hung them on a towel rack to dry. I think it worked ok, except the edges might need some extra blocking or something.
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