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« on: April 22, 2010 08:12:07 PM »

as a poor college student it's very important for me to actually work with the things i pay money for. A while ago i bought some bare kp fingering weight with some aplaca and wool and amazing soft fluffiness. Well i dont really have a dye pot or ability to buy the expensive acid dyes so i looked around for some non toxic alternatives. I found some using kool-aid and a crock pot, now kool-aid wasnt exactly for me so i picked up some really cheep ( like 4.99 for four 1/2 oz container which could last a while) wilton jel icing dyes. Trip to walmart here i come. I bought a 7 quart crock pot so not only can i use it to dye my yarn but i can cook a whole roast and feed me and my roomie for three days! Score one for the crafty woman. I got everything ready and realized i didnt have vinager. Well the link i had said you didnt really need it with the wilton, of course now i wish i had, and i kept on my track to dye it right then and there! I wanted to dye my yarn green grey and yellow based on one of the buildings at school. Well i thing the main problem i had was the dyes were way too diluted. It was my first attempt and i decided hell with reading the directions i get the gist of it. Well let me tell you something. The black diluted to a blue when i poured it onto the wool it turned purple and ended up as bright pink. The green which was made from yellow and blue has patches of soft sky blue and random patches of orange came from somewhere. There is alot of green in this yarn. It's not bad. It kinda reminds me of a tye dye shirt, but it is so not what i hoped for.


« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2010 08:21:45 PM »

Wilton icing colors are funky like that.  My mom used to make wedding cakes professionally, and all her spatulas had pink ends because of the black colorings. 
So do you consider this a winning experiment, or something you can chalk up to experience?  The colors are pretty, either way.

« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2010 09:32:22 PM »

Glad to hear im not the only one having that weird issue... going from black to blue to pink.... Roll Eyes At this moment it's both It wasnt what i wanted but it's very beautiful and still really soft so it's a Win Win.

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