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Topic: Hand Painted vs. Dying? and... Props To KoolAid!  (Read 1721 times)
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« on: October 03, 2004 01:12:02 PM »

Is there a difference or is it the same?Huh?? If there's a difference, can someone tell me how to paint my wool yarn?

Also, the KoolAid is Kool (LOL). I've got some Lopi in the vat on the stove right now. It sucked that color in so quick. I can not wait to knit it. And when I do, I will post that pic up for all to see.
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2004 05:54:58 PM »

post the pic as soon as possible! what color did ya use?
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2004 04:08:28 AM »

Damn!!!! No camera! How lame is that? I used purple and red. First I dyed half in the purple. Then the whole thing in the red. It's very pale, not vibrant at all. Infact, it's dull and has a lot of white spots. So I figure the next time I do this I will use more than one packet of koolaid (one color). And another thing... it didn't get all the way in, if you can undersatnd that. See, I un did the ball of yarn, wrapped it around the back of a chair and tied it. The yarn on the inside is paler than the yarn that was on the outside. So maybe I will knit a scarf sideways to keep the inconsistencies consistent. If I can make mistakes on purpose using this method I can make a cool looking waterfall scarf/art. Hmmmmm....... the wheels are turning......
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2004 06:44:48 PM »

hmm, the knitty kool-aid dyeing article overs a few guidelines that might help. (one packet of kool-aid per ounce of yarn, for example).

hand-painted refers to yarn that is painted or squirted with different colours by hand, instead of dunked or dipped in dye. you can do it by making a skein (like you did), and then using a turkey baster to "paint" it with different colours. the usual recommendation i've seen is to paint in pie-slice shapes of various widths.

anyway, looking forward to hearing what you make!
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2004 11:20:18 PM »

wool compacts when its wet, so it will squeeze together when you dye it, and you need to lift the yarn to make sure the dye reaches it (it also wont dye the *inside* of the yarn either).
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