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Topic: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID  (Read 172353 times)
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« Reply #910 on: January 26, 2007 08:21:08 AM »

Wow!  All this dyed wool is terrific!  I have to order some roving and try dying and spinning some myself.

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I am happy with the results but its a little uneven in the color distribution.

I've decided that the uneven color distribution of home dyeing is exactly why it looks so nice.
Agreed.  If I wanted solid colors all the time, I'd just buy it!

I've been playing with the Jaquard dyes from KnitPicks.  Fun!
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« Reply #911 on: January 26, 2007 06:17:26 PM »



That's a yummy red.  Smiley
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« Reply #912 on: January 27, 2007 01:54:38 PM »

while you all are talking about kool aid dying, how exactly do you dye self striping yarn? i would LOVE to do it, and i've read thru Eunny's tut ( http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/12/techniques_selfstriping_yarn.html ), but i'm still confused.
so i understand up to about step 7 on eunny's blog or - the actually dying part. how do you make it so half the yarn is in one pot and half in the other. if anybody does it could they take pictures or explain? thanks for any help.
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« Reply #913 on: January 27, 2007 02:54:26 PM »

So you make your really long skein step four. Half of the really long skein goes in one color and the other have goes in the other. The long skein is a circle so imaging squishing a circle half goes in one pot half in the other.
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« Reply #914 on: January 27, 2007 04:16:35 PM »

but you'd have to measure it out that way, right? so the length of your skein depends on the length of your stripes? and how the heck did she do it? (with leaving some of the yarn out?)
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« Reply #915 on: January 27, 2007 05:55:14 PM »

Some of the yarn out? Some of the yarn will be not in one pot or the other, but as you are dyeing it you can inch that undyed spot into one pot and then the other  to make it dyed. She did the figuring out for how much yarn you need to make it stripe in the first steps so that when you put it in the two dyeing pots it will come out correctly.
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« Reply #916 on: January 27, 2007 06:42:01 PM »

ok i think i understand. i think eventually i'll do this, but i have a million projects at the moment, so not now. but thanks for your help!
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« Reply #917 on: January 27, 2007 07:35:13 PM »

They say a photo is worth a thousand words... here's how I do it:



So the puddle of the yarn on the foil in the middle is the yarn that's "left out." 

I've now graduated to more often using several canning jars in one big stock pot... with a little rack on the bottom to raise them up.  But I still have a pot (or tin foil) next to the pot with any yarn that's not currently being dyed.

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #918 on: January 28, 2007 05:56:26 AM »

ok thanks sooo much. i just did understand if it was alright not to dye all the yarn at the same time. now i have more yarn to order from knitpicks...
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« Reply #919 on: January 28, 2007 11:47:06 AM »

great colours!!
I just caught this thread in the recent posts with pictures, anyhow onto my point....

I dyed some varigated yarn recently.  To keep my colours out of the dyebath, I put broom-sticks over the dyepot and suspended the yarns over the bars.  It worked very well!

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