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« Reply #300 on: January 10, 2011 10:57:16 AM »

LaughingLark...awes ome inspiration for reclaiming and dying w/kool-aid!! =]  Very pretty color!  I'm going to try this...don't know when, but I'll try it!  First have to find my first sweater to unravel... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #301 on: January 10, 2011 11:06:01 AM »

Wow those ornaments are all so pretty! Too bad you have to wait another year before you can hang them on the tree.

kittymom, That flower was basically just practice. Until I get the petals down right, I'm not using them for anything. I did buy some hair things to put them on though for when they turn out right. Rexlace is also called Gimp. A lot of kids make lanyards with them at camps and such but I was looking for other things to do with it and found the tutorial using ribbon instead. The only luck I've had with looking for ideas is for making cyberlox (dreadlocks with the rexlace and other plastic stuff in them) and I'm not really interested in those.
I played around with crocheting gimp before with mixed results.  Becasue it is flat, it behaives oddly.  It is very hard to get it to flay flat like "soft" crochet. It ends up looking like...coral? or realy lumpy tenticals?  I did get some round gimp and my dog has a collar that is 5-finger loop braided, and it behaves much more like normal yarn.
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« Reply #302 on: January 10, 2011 11:06:41 AM »

AiMR, I dissolved kool-aid in water, wash your wool in a little bit of warm water, let it get really wet and then place the wool in a microwavable dish with the dissolved k-a in the bottom and then cover with more water. Make sure the yarn will fit in your dish completely.

Cook it for about 10 minutes, check to see if there is any k-a left. Keep doing this until your water turns clear.

I followed this tutorial from Knitty along with a couple of other tutorials. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html

Are you a member of Ravelry? There is an entire group dedicated to nothing but dying with k-a.

http://www.ravelry.com/groups/what-a-kool-way-to-dye
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« Reply #303 on: January 10, 2011 11:36:54 AM »

I dye with koolaide on my stove top.  I soak the yarn or fiber for at least an hour in the sink (warm-hot water), then get a big soup pot, fill about half way with water and bring to almost a boil.  Then I sprinkle a bunch of koolaide in the pot, stir it a little, and then drop the wool in the pot.  Simmer it until the water turns clear.  The wool will drink up all the color.

Before dyeing you want to make SURE to totally soak your fiber, though.  If you want a smooth, even color, the wool needs to be evenly wet.  If there are dry spots in the middle of your skein, they won't dye the same as the wet spots.

You should definitely skein up your yarn before dyeing.  I use my niddy noddy to skein my yarn, but any way you prefer is fine...just don't leave it in a ball, or center pull skein...the dye won't get to the inside fibers.
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« Reply #304 on: January 10, 2011 11:55:44 AM »

I love the shape of the boxes, where did you find those?

I made these boxes by taping bits of cardboard together with masking tape.


Beckashell, KittyMom13,  Ffrogg526, graced.

I will do a tutorial soon but I will need to wait until I have another tissue or cereal box that I can use.


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« Reply #305 on: January 10, 2011 12:04:07 PM »


Before dyeing you want to make SURE to totally soak your fiber, though.  If you want a smooth, even color, the wool needs to be evenly wet.  If there are dry spots in the middle of your skein, they won't dye the same as the wet spots.

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This is very important. On my blue-purple yarn, I deliberately didn't wet my yarn enough, because I was going for a mottled effect. The dry stuff does not take up as much dye.

I only use the stove top method. May try the microwave method this winter, though. Smiley

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« Reply #306 on: January 10, 2011 12:17:14 PM »

thanks for all of the tips and for the links!! I had no idea how great the colors turn out with kool aid!

I think I will test a small batch with various colors to see which one best covers the ugly light brown...I bet there will be some nice surprises!  Can't wait to get off work to go buy kool aid!
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« Reply #307 on: January 10, 2011 04:14:55 PM »

Here is what I made recently out of my stash--total skeins used, 6 !

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=366592.msg4345531#msg4345531

also, from cotton yarn scraps, I made scrubbies!  These are fun and easy--thanks for the suggestion and links!

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« Reply #308 on: January 10, 2011 05:21:46 PM »

I'm in. I don't have a craft room, and my bedroom is a mess, so i can't really give a list of what i have.
A few things i really need to clear out (if for no other reason than to make room for yarn):
_magazine clippings -- i don't know how i have SO much, but i just can't help but feel like i'll really get good at journaling someday
_snuggle flannel
_zippers -- which really go with the flannel
_felt -- just got a huge bag of polyfil to help with this
_random t-shirts ready to be cut up reconned

I've taken up knitting recently, and it's pretty much taken over. I don't have a job right now, so any money i am taking in is from knitting commissions... which is really making it hard to get back into sewing.

A rough list of projects to help with the destash:
_zippered pouches
_felt monsters
_t-shirt scarves
_t-shirt bags
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« Reply #309 on: January 10, 2011 05:53:23 PM »

Alwaysinmyroom--any food coloring will work--just add a glug of white vinegar to your dye pot before putting in the yarn. The acid is necessary for the dyeing. Kool aid has citric acid. Regular food coloring needs something acidic added to it.

 Right after Easter, I like to buy up all the leftover egg dyeing kits I can find on sale. That's one way to get bright colors. 

Rit Dyes are not a favorite of mine, and they can leave poisonous residue in your pots, no matter how well you scrub them afterwards. I don't recommend using RIT for dying yarn. There are so many colors you can achieve safely (and for less money) by sticking to food colors. You don't have to have separate pots for the dyeing, either.  Smiley

I'm going to buy a big set of these colors soon, for my yarns:
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-601-5580-2-Ounce-Certified-Kosher-Colors/dp/B0000CFN0Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1294710636&sr=8-1

Those scrubbies came out great! Smiley
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