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Topic: Can I dye my Cashmerino Baby yarn black?  (Read 970 times)
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Dixiedog
« on: June 12, 2005 02:51:21 PM »

I have some white Cashmerino Baby yarn that I want to dye black before I knit with it, but I wonder if I'll ruin the yarn.  I believe you must use hot water to dye things.  Any advice?
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ysolda
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2005 01:26:04 AM »

you can buy cold water dye - that should be ok with the yarn I should think
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2005 08:48:36 AM »


You should use acid dyes to dye 'hair' type fibers. Dharma has some instructions: http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/208783-AA.shtml but yes, typically dying this type of fiber requires heat.

You could probably do like with silk and use the vinegar + dye + microwave method (dye + heat set all in one!)
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2005 09:16:20 AM »

maybe I'm going to sound dumb and/or uncreative, but Baby Cashmerino does come in black.  could you just return it to your store where you bought it and exchange it for black?
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Dixiedog
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2005 03:04:24 PM »

Thanks for the advice.  I might try using a cold water dye from Dharma if they have some (I don't own a microwave, but good idea).

I know I could just buy some in black, but I bought a ten pack in white on the internet a while ago and used some for a project.  Now I want to make something requiring three balls of the stuff (and I want it to be black) so I'd rather save the money and just dye what I have. 
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