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« on: June 26, 2006 08:39:47 AM »

I recently bought a skein of white baby yarn that's 50% virgin wool and 50% virgin nylon. Would this take kool aid as dye? Or maybe RIT dye since it's not 100% wool? I don't really want to spend money on acid dyes and such because I'm on a budget. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2006 11:46:34 AM »

From what I've read, nylon is about the only man-made fiber that WILL take an acid-based dye, like Kool-Aid.

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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2006 12:21:23 PM »

that's splendid! I knew there was one man-made fiber that would accept it, but couldn't remember which one it was!
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2006 11:38:29 PM »

At the worst the nylon will not take the dye up as fast as the wool.  Make sure to soak it for awhile before dying.
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2006 08:49:25 AM »

If the two fibers don't take the dye the same way, it will most likely come out looking "shaded" and very cool - if not quite what you'd expected!

One of my favorite examples of same dye-different fibers-different effect is Artfiber's Kyoto, which is a strand of Mohair/wool plied with a strand of silk.  They both take the dye to change color, but the silk is shiny and brighter, while the mohair takes the color darker and adds a shadow.  Hard to describe, but here's a photo: http://www.knittersreview.com/article_yarn.asp?article=/review/product/030109_a.asp  (and these are two fibers plied together, not blended, so yours will be quite different)

If you're unsure, you could alwasy snip off a few yards and do a test run!
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