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« Reply #660 on: July 23, 2006 04:48:05 PM »

Anything wool or nylon should be dyeable with acid dyes [like kool-aid]. The most vibrant colors will happen by dying white fiber, but darker fibers will produce interesting colors too.

i read that the kool aid dye only works on protein fibres...

Nylon is weird

thanks!...What about  Colonial, and merino?

colonial and merino are types of wool, you are confusing yourself with too much information. Just remember that you can use kool-aid if the fiber comes off of an animal.

 Cheesy haha ok. Sorry .. I dont know anything about the diffrent type of fibers.. I'm really new to it all!
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« Reply #661 on: July 24, 2006 09:35:07 AM »

I'm going to try this today, but I couldn't find any wool yarn in WalMart!  So I'm trying Bernat Acrylic in Grey Heather and I'll tell you how it turns out.

I also have some white in Lion's Pride or whatever that brand is called and I might try that too.
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« Reply #662 on: July 24, 2006 10:01:06 AM »

I'm going to try this today, but I couldn't find any wool yarn in WalMart!  So I'm trying Bernat Acrylic in Grey Heather and I'll tell you how it turns out.

I also have some white in Lion's Pride or whatever that brand is called and I might try that too.

Acrylic yarn will not dye with Kool-Aid. You have to have a natural animal fiber [or nylon.] Check the fiber content on your white, and if it's mostly wool, then go ahead, if it's almost all acrylic you're probably not going to be happy with the results [i.e. spending time to end up with something that looks exactly like what you started with.]
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« Reply #663 on: July 24, 2006 10:14:57 AM »

Okay I tried the acrylic yarn and I'm pretty sure it's the same as it was before.
It would make sense that a dark colored liquid would always stain a light colored solid, at least a little bit, but I don't think it did.  I'll post pictures tomorrow when it dries in comparison to the skein that I didn't dye.
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« Reply #664 on: July 24, 2006 12:03:42 PM »

I have tried to kool-aide dye acrylic yarn before (mistook some really high quaility acrylic for wool) all I ended up with was a large skein that smelled faintly like oranges.
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« Reply #665 on: July 31, 2006 01:23:52 PM »

I tried Kool Aid Yarn dyeing last week. Here are the results.



and how it looks like knitted up





I have more Kool Aid and sock yarn Wink so I will be dyeing more in the near future. Thank you for the tutorial and all of you participating in this forum.
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« Reply #666 on: July 31, 2006 02:24:30 PM »

those are beautiful.. and they knit up beautiful too!!1
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« Reply #667 on: July 31, 2006 06:02:20 PM »

Very cool!I have been wanting to try dyeing my own yarn! My local yarn store is haveing a 40% off sale starting tomorrow so I might have to find me some to dye! ty for the links!
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« Reply #668 on: August 01, 2006 01:50:09 PM »

I got me some 100% wool to dye today! Grin Now I just need to know what to do step by step! lol Tongue
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« Reply #669 on: August 01, 2006 04:27:30 PM »

what to do step by step

Here are a couple of links I had handy but there are tons out there:

http://www.knitty.com/issuefall02/FEATdyedwool.html

http://reenieart.com/dyeing.htm

http://www.streetsandyos.com/archives/koolaid_dyeing/index.php - scroll down quite a ways for the step by step

http://www.ginabeana.prettyposies.com/wordpress/?page_id=46

http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/12/techniques_selfstriping_yarn.html

It kind of depends on what you want to do; solid (or one color anyway), random color mix, or self striping. Either way one of these should help.

Personally I don't presoak in vinegar (or anything else for that matter) and I don't add vinegar if I'm using kool-aid because the kool-aid is acidic enough.

Good luck and have fun.
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