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Topic: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID  (Read 162719 times)
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« Reply #210 on: May 30, 2005 01:57:39 PM »

I just dyed some Red Heart Fisherman's Wool with koolaid and it worked like a charm.  I dind't read this entire thread but I wanted to let people know that the way I made mine into striping yarn was to wrap it into sperate skeins but keeping them all attatched to each other.  This way you can dye all the red skeins, yellow skeins and pink skeins (in my case) together and when you're done, you then ball up the complete yarn which then makes stripes when knit.  They don't bleed into one another because you can keep the colors spereated into different pyrex containers or just wrap them seperately in plastic wrap.  I "elbow-wrapped" about 40 times for each skein, then tied it off and started a new one.  This is my button hole bag that I made with it.

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« Reply #211 on: May 31, 2005 10:24:08 PM »

Yay!!  I found some yarn at a thrift store the other day.  There was a basket of what looked like someone's doll-making yarns, mostly intended for hair.  There was a huge 8oz skein of natural cream-colored that had no label, but it felt and smelled like wool.  And there was another skein of almost identical, but dyed, yarn that had a label saying it was wool with an acrylic core.  So I took a chance, took it home, did a burn test on one end and sure enough, wool it was!  It's this crazy loopy stuff.  Very cool.  And I divided it into rough thirds and tried my Arctic Green Apple on one.  It turned out so pretty, I went out and bought some pink lemonade and berry blue to go with.  The blue is a little stronger than the other two, but still looks fabulous. 

In these picture, the colors aren't QUITE right.  I scanned them because I have no digicam.  But I adjusted the pics in photoshop so the colors were closer to the originals.  Anyway, here it is, in all it's splendor.  Now I have to figure out what to make with it.


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« Reply #212 on: June 01, 2005 07:37:32 AM »

wow! you're berry blue turned out so...blue! Mine always comes out a bit teal-y...I'm still trying to figure out how to get light sky blue...
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« Reply #213 on: June 01, 2005 08:02:34 AM »

wow. i love how versatile that stuff is! those colours look so fancy and non-kool-aid-ey.... rock awesome.
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« Reply #214 on: June 01, 2005 10:37:36 AM »

Yeah, the berry blue is VERY blue.  That color was a little more than 2.5 oz and 2 packets of koolaid.  I imagine a lighter blue could be gotten with cutting it down to 1/2 packet to one oz.  Maybe even less.  I really think, though, that the berry blue is a good one to use for it.  It turned out very true blue for me.
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« Reply #215 on: June 24, 2005 08:46:13 AM »

Wonderful you guys! I am now addicted to dyeing! Started with kool aid and ventured into icing dyes. I don't have the capability to post pictures Sad oh well. One question, I went to Michael's to get icing dye and made the unfortunate mistake of looking at the ingredients. They all had sugar in them,  Huh now is this OK because you use so little to dye or is there icing dye without sugar...or high fructose corn syrup. Too late now anyway, since I have already done it and it didn't seem to matter.
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« Reply #216 on: June 24, 2005 12:17:50 PM »

here's my most recent dying projects.

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i used a reclaimed wool sweater and Lionbrand Fisherman's wool.  the light green and red yarn in the center of the basket was dyed using Kool Aid, and the rest was icing dye (which worked a heck of a lot better!)
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« Reply #217 on: June 24, 2005 01:07:19 PM »

do you dye with icing dye the same way you would with koolaid?
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« Reply #218 on: June 24, 2005 01:10:33 PM »

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« Reply #219 on: June 24, 2005 01:31:08 PM »

yahaira--thank you...i was really tickled with how they turned out.  now i just have to decide what to do with 'em!

ohmyword--yep, just the same as kool aid, but the colors are much much more intense (and you use less) also, i steam set the colors (on the stove, in a double boiler type contraption) and didn't use the microwave.
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