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Kristen81
« on: August 27, 2006 03:19:10 PM »

Well, not quite zombie-finger but you'll see...

I started with this...%100 wool from the farmer's market.



Then I mixed up two packages of kool-aid (strawberry-kiwi and blue-lemonade) and a bowl of water with yellow food colouring in it (can't get lemonade kool-aid here). I put the washed and rinsed yarn in a glass baking dish.  I usd a turkey baster to squirt colour on the yarn.





Here it is all soaked with kool-aid and coloured water...



You many (hindsight is always 20/20) want to protect your work surface and your hands  (hence the zombie fingers)




Here we are after microwaving twice (2min, rest 2 min)



Lookey!  Water is clear...Kool-aid anyone??? Yum  Lips sealed




And were done!!!!  Here we are squeezed out and hanging to dry...






Pretty!!!












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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2006 03:54:02 PM »

wow!  that is really pretty  i love the idea

it almost reminds me of rainbow sherbert in a way.

what are you planning on making out of it?
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2006 03:58:21 PM »

awesome!!! would this work as well with wool from a department store?
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2006 04:04:11 PM »

nice one kristen! the wool turned out so well. kinda scary about the clear water huh? Tongue i won't touch any coloured drinks now.

i've made a habit of checking the kool-aid section of every grocery store i enter (fun exercise on road trips  Wink) and i've managed to find almost every flavour/colour (except lemon-lime i think), so keep looking!
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2006 04:07:43 PM »

that turned out fantastic! love those pastel colours

Hope you show us how it knits up Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2006 06:36:08 PM »

awesome!!! would this work as well with wool from a department store?

I believe (from what I've been told) it has to be animal fiber for this to work.  I have heard/read) that blends are ok but only the animal fiber will dye. 

k8kre8s - I think I will make that earflap crochet hat in the binder you sent me (the one with the point (if I have enough).  If not, I'll crochet a scarf from it...I can't wait for it to dry...
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2006 06:48:53 PM »

Animal fiber, or nylon will take acid dyes [which is what koolaid is, an acid.]
Plant fibers like cotton require a different type of dye.

Lookin' good Kristen!
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2006 08:03:46 PM »

I love those colours. awesome job Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2006 08:07:00 PM »

That looks fantastic - did you use any vinegar at all to prep the wool?
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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2006 08:13:05 PM »

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That looks fantastic - did you use any vinegar at all to prep the wool?

Nope!  According to Knitty.com the Kool-aid is acidic enough.
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