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« Reply #780 on: November 01, 2006 02:10:52 PM »

If you do still have excess dye after trying what TheBon suggested, it is possible to reuse it on new fiber.  
I got the most beautiful light blue color (robin's egg blue) once after I dyed some yarn a much darker blue, noticed that the water still wasn't clear, and then popped new yarn into the "leftover" water...

I think this is a good thing to do as sometimes I've left fabric/yarn in dye longer to use up all the dye, and then it's come out a shade I didn't like. eg cherry red ending up as maroon (sp?).

I always do this. Since I do handpainted yarns, I steam them but inevetibly some dye drips down into the steam bath water - so I dump small quantities of fisherman's wool into that water next and let it exhaust the dye. Sometimes I get exactly what I expected, other times I get all these suprise shades. I've got a growing collection of little balls of yarn that I'll probably use for a fair-isle project of some sort some day. I just can't stand to let the dye get wasted.

The intersting thing is that I have about 4 balls that I would call black if I look at them one at a time. But sit them all next to each other and suddenly they're black, purple, green, and blue. I think each one of those was made with a dye bath that was that particular colour with a good bit of black added in it.
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« Reply #781 on: November 02, 2006 08:09:36 PM »

Here is a scanned pic of my golf sock.  Knit up with my kool-aid dyed yarn.  This was my first shot with kool-aid and i loved it.  My neice has always wanted to help me dye things, and with the kool-aid being non-toxic i think we have found our project.

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« Reply #782 on: November 03, 2006 06:19:01 AM »

WOW kaytm! That is gorgeous! (applause)

Someone commented a while back about blue not absorbing as quickly, and I just remembered noticing when I dyed the mauve yarn I just did (the mix of black cherry and berry blue) I checked it at 1 point and the water was still pale blue. Made me scratch my head at the time, but now it makes sense, if that is not an unusual thing.
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« Reply #783 on: November 03, 2006 10:37:15 AM »

kaytm your sock is pretty pretty.. I luv your colors..
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« Reply #784 on: November 03, 2006 06:07:42 PM »

I'm in love with this sock. I just bought a ton of sock weight wool to dye but I haven't quite figured out how to make it variagated in a way that makes it look pretty not insane.
Here is a scanned pic of my golf sock.  Knit up with my kool-aid dyed yarn.  This was my first shot with kool-aid and i loved it.  My neice has always wanted to help me dye things, and with the kool-aid being non-toxic i think we have found our project.

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« Reply #785 on: November 04, 2006 08:36:42 AM »






Ok, so not the finest pics in the world... but here's some self-striping yarn I dyed with Kool Aid in the process of becoming a Jaywalker sock. It still has a few bald patches colourwise but I am getting better at the technique!

I experimented with using a few dashes of Tamarind flavour to darken up the green and orange, which worked pretty well.
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« Reply #786 on: November 04, 2006 08:54:05 AM »

wow Keletubbie.. your a sock-a-holic..!!! I luv how the stripes worked out in your yarn and all the socks u knit are awesome..(I peeked at your blog..)
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« Reply #787 on: November 04, 2006 10:07:15 AM »


Ok, so not the finest pics in the world... but here's some self-striping yarn I dyed with Kool Aid in the process of becoming a Jaywalker sock. It still has a few bald patches colourwise but I am getting better at the technique!

I experimented with using a few dashes of Tamarind flavour to darken up the green and orange, which worked pretty well.



do you have any pointers on dying the self striping???    Your yarn is beautiful.
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« Reply #788 on: November 04, 2006 08:29:00 PM »

Awsome, does the kool-aid bleed out when you hand wash it?
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« Reply #789 on: November 05, 2006 12:40:29 AM »

that jaywalkers are great!

and here is tutorial for dyeing self-stripping yarn:
http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/12/techniques_selfstriping_yarn.html
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