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« on: March 08, 2004 06:57:36 PM »

Well, I'm currently working on the Sophie purse from http://magknits.com. The purse is brown, since I happened to have a full ball of the Cascade 220 sitting around. I'm going to make pink poppies from the same site to embellish. The problem was I couldn't find any just pink wool at my lys's over the weekend. I decided to go with a skein of white lambs pride worsted & give kool-aid a shot. Definitely a lot of fun. Here's the steps...

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2004 08:18:21 AM »

Don't know if this will help or not with the kool-aid dye inconsistencies. A friend of mine who is a costumier for film swears by it, says they use it for all kinds of stuff in films because it is non-toxic and hypo-allergenic. She says to:
completely dissolve 1 full cup of kool-aid crystals in boiling hot water (no need to boil water while dying the fibres tho)
add 1/3 cup of salt for every cup of kool-aid crystals (to "fix" the colour)
that it will work on any natural fibre (ie. cotton, wool, cotton paper, etc.)
the longer the fibres sit in the water, the more intense the colour will be
to rinse the fibres in cool water after dying (to remove residue)
(she uses unsweetened kool-aid: no need to waste sugar)
The samples she had were amazing! I'm just "dying" to try this! (groan)  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2004 11:27:28 AM »

Ok, I'm a convert.  Those are truly gorgeous colors.  I'm going to have to give it a try.  
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2004 06:19:07 PM »

Great color matching on those pinks!  

I bought a bunch of koolaid to try this, but couldn't get up the enthusiasm to do it (I'd rather be knitting Smiley). But I gave it a shot tonight - mostly playing with the colors.  It looks like the green in your tutorial was what I was shooting for, but failed. (Any chance you remember the combo?)

I deliberately didn't submerge all my yarn all the way on the two greens, so it came out slightly spotty, which is what I was hoping for. I even remembered to write down the combinations, too, so I have a place to start from when I try again. Convenient to just rip off the top of the packets and put them in a pile as you mix!

Here's what I ended up with:


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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2004 08:33:35 PM »

The green was strawberry magic twist, in one of those packets that says there's a mystery color. Check the back of the package for the flavor info. I do like the greens you came out with, though Wink
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2004 11:50:18 AM »

What kool-aid did you use to get those greens?  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2004 12:39:56 AM »

The light green is:
3 x lemon lime
3 x lemonade
smidge black cherry

The dark olive is:
3 kiwi watermelon
1 lemon lime
a bit of black cherry (more than light green but still not too much)

The dark blue is:
2 berry blue
3 changing cherry
most of a black cherry
This was waaaaay too dense coloring wise. I could have dyed 5 times more hanks than I did.

Can't wait to find strawberry magic twist!
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2004 12:53:08 AM »

wooooooooowwwwwwwww........ I can't even form sentences! Even my fiance is impressed, although he finds it humorous to use kool aid to dye...but hot damn, that pink is gorgeous
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2004 02:05:48 AM »

The light green is:
3 x lemon lime
3 x lemonade
smidge black cherry

The dark olive is:
3 kiwi watermelon
1 lemon lime
a bit of black cherry (more than light green but still not too much)

The dark blue is:
2 berry blue
3 changing cherry
most of a black cherry
This was waaaaay too dense coloring wise. I could have dyed 5 times more hanks than I did.

Can't wait to find strawberry magic twist!

Thanks! I've just ordered those flavours hehe!

I adore those greens
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2004 07:55:56 AM »

has anyone felted any of the wool that they dyed with cool-aid?
 does it change the felting? do the colours run when you felt it?


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