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« on: September 20, 2007 03:24:17 PM »

So today I was lucky enough to score 3 free skeins of Pastimes (100% soysilk) from my LYS.  It was on sale for $3 but i think the colorway is hideous, and she told me I could just have them to see what I could do with it.  What a deal!  I've dyed yarn with koolaid before, but I didn't know if there is anything special you have to do with soysilk.  I've never over-dyed anything.  So any suggestions for colors or specific kinds of dyes that would work with this well would be great.  I basically want to make it a more monochromatic scheme, maybe focus on the greens and blues and cover the orange.  If that's possible.  Any suggestions (please and thank you)?   Btw, new to this board, so hello.  I'm usually on the knitting boards.  Smiley

here's my yarn.  the orange is VERY bright.  i really don't like the orange and blue together at all.  blech. but i'm optimistic.
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2007 10:12:56 AM »

The first thing that I can think of is that the orange.. no matter if you go blue or green.. will be muddy with those colors introduced. Maybe you could go more red on the orange - then purples? Its quite a gamble really.
I've never dyed soysilk.. but yeah since it was free why not just play around? Cut a few pieces off if you don't feel like going crazy with the whole thing and experiment with different colors/methods/dyes.
Best of luck and congrats on the sweet score (even though yeah, the color mix is lacking a bit!)

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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2007 09:23:54 AM »

Acid dyes (including food color/koolaid) ought to work on your soysilk.

You are not going to be able to turn the orange to blue (or green). Orange is a tertiary color when dyeing (red is a secondary color from mixing yellow and magenta; red mixed with yellow makes orange). You might be able to tone it down with black (and I would consider using a commercial acid dye, black is hard to dye well). You might also be able to turn it to a warm brown (overdye with brown, or the somewhat trickier addition of cyan-blue (the complement of orange)).
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