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« Reply #690 on: August 29, 2006 02:53:41 PM »

It's got a tiny bit of white on it, the jar was tall and thin, and the yarn got a bit squashed. Next time, I'll do it in two lots.
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« Reply #691 on: September 01, 2006 04:26:43 AM »

...  and i also suggest crockpot dyeing. 

Would you be able to explain how to crockpot dye?  I just received 5 unopened balls of the peaches & cream 100% cotton in a cream color, and was thinking this was a great place to start with either the KoolAid or icing dye - though I never heard of using the frosting dye, it sounds like a great idea... so once I turn the crock pot on low, then what? <G>

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« Reply #692 on: September 01, 2006 06:55:48 AM »

If you read back in the thread, just a little bit, you will learn that you can't dye cotton with kool-aid.  Onlly proteins like wool will dye this way. 
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« Reply #693 on: September 01, 2006 09:44:46 AM »

If you read back in the thread, just a little bit, you will learn that you can't dye cotton with kool-aid.  Onlly proteins like wool will dye this way. 
I caught that afterwards, thanks - what about the wilton dyes?  Anyone know if I can dye cotton with that?  I haven't seen aything that would appear to prohibit it.
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« Reply #694 on: September 01, 2006 09:54:48 AM »

No, you can not dye cotton with wilton dyes. Food coloring of all kinds [which is what you're using when you use kool-aid] are acid dyes. In order to dye cotton you need a fiber reactive dye like Procion MX.

As to your general question about dyeing in the crock pot, you put your fiber in [when I crockpot dye I make sure my fiber is wetter than if I were microwaving but it's me being paranoid about burning it] lay in your dye [if you have more than one layer, the top layer needs more than the underlayers to get even color.] Turn it on to low and walk away for an hour or two. Turn it off, and then let cool completely. I'm often too impatient for this, but it will help in dye takeup to let it cool in the crockpot [lid stays on] Best to do it in the evening so you won't be tempted to poke at it all day.
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« Reply #695 on: September 01, 2006 10:15:36 AM »

No, you can not dye cotton with wilton dyes. Food coloring of all kinds [which is what you're using when you use kool-aid] are acid dyes. In order to dye cotton you need a fiber reactive dye like Procion MX.

As to your general question about dyeing in the crock pot, you put your fiber in [when I crockpot dye I make sure my fiber is wetter than if I were microwaving but it's me being paranoid about burning it] lay in your dye [if you have more than one layer, the top layer needs more than the underlayers to get even color.] Turn it on to low and walk away for an hour or two. Turn it off, and then let cool completely. I'm often too impatient for this, but it will help in dye takeup to let it cool in the crockpot [lid stays on] Best to do it in the evening so you won't be tempted to poke at it all day.
Thank you!  Guess I'll have to come up with a different plan!
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« Reply #696 on: September 01, 2006 05:52:16 PM »



I dyed some Knit Picks Bare (superwash fingering weight) and thought I'd share the results.  I used Wilton's Icing Dyes, and the brown is still not as dark as I wanted it to be. I guess brown takes a LOT of dye. Anyway, I'm knitting Jaywalker socks with it, and am loving the pattern and the stripes.
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« Reply #697 on: September 01, 2006 06:42:31 PM »

That looks really great. You should call it mint chocolate chip!
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« Reply #699 on: September 06, 2006 09:25:15 PM »

I've been using a hot plate in the garage to dye my roving -- the smell didn't get rave reviews from my family when I used to use the microwave. Tongue

My first go at using the hot plate


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