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Topic: self-striping handspun yarn dyed with kool aid! (lots of pictures)  (Read 3755 times)
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« on: March 16, 2009 05:34:38 PM »

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This is, by far, my most involved spinning and dyeing venture so far. I photographed the entire process, so if anyone was wondering what it was like, here ya go.

I started by winding the undyed spun yarn around the back of my couch. That was the only think I could think of to use to make a large enough skein. I tied it off in four sections to mark where I would use different colors of dye. I was going for four really long sections.

After soaking the undyed yarn and rinsing it well, I dyed the orange section.

This photo shows it after it had sucked up most of the dye out of the water.


At this point, I switched to my digital camera, instead of my phone because I wasn't getting very good photos.
Next, I dyed the red part. (Strawberry)

Then the blue part. (Berry Blue) I really liked the spot where the orange and blue blended. It made an army green color!

Last, I dyed the "black cherry" part.


In the colander after rinsing:


Stretching and drying:


Me being really excited about this yarn:


Yay!!!! A few more photos of the finished product:




What I really like about self-striping yarns like these is that you never know how it will turn out when its knitted up. I'm excited to see what happens with this yarn.
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2009 05:38:10 PM »

LOVE IT!  Can't wait to see what happens when you make it into something!  I've been meaning to kool aid dye some yarn...hope it turns out as lovely as yours!
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2009 05:51:10 PM »

Wow! This is really really pretty. I love how vivid the colors look!
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2009 05:54:07 PM »

That is fabulous! I didn't know you could get colors that saturated and bright with Kool-Aid. Everything I've seen done with Kool-Aid has been somewhat more pastel. That's awesome! I'm going to have to try that sometime. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2009 08:03:16 PM »

To get brighter colors, just use a couple more packets!
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009 08:42:45 PM »

wow, those are really great colors!
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2009 10:35:12 PM »

VERY clear instructions. Thanks!

And my sofa thanks your sofa. instead of just having things piled on it, now it can have things wrapped around it, too. Grin
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2009 07:06:42 PM »

I've been wanting to try this for a long time. The yarn looks like it smells good!   Wink  I would love to see what it looks like knit up.
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2009 03:33:36 AM »

The yarn looks like it smells good!   Wink

It smells SO good!! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2009 09:38:23 PM »

Hehe the smell is something that never even crossed my mind about kool-aid dyes! Now I simply MUST try them...I'm getting tired of the woolly-vinegar smell...gross!
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