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sugarkane
« Reply #380 on: January 31, 2006 08:02:19 PM »

sharc those are so gorgeous
i love all the yarn in this thread and now i really want to give this a try...
questions though: how hard did you find it to be? and how long did it take you to do a skein?
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sharc
« Reply #381 on: February 01, 2006 09:55:24 AM »

thanks sugarkane Smiley
the dyeing is soooo easy. . .the hardest part for me was finding the different colors/packs of koolaid!
but it took maybe under and hour in total . .. not including drying time
rinse the yarn
put 2 c. of vinegar and soak for 30 mins.
mix 1/2 c. water with 1/4c. vinegar and 3 packs koolaid, and put onto yarn
microwave for 2 min. intervals until "dye" runs clear.
and that's it!!
I'm gonna try it again this weekend, but with grey yarn to see if that'll make a darker color Smiley
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« Reply #382 on: February 01, 2006 11:26:28 AM »

i dyed up some yarn last night with a combo of Wilton's cake dyes and Kool Aid

the yarn was pink and  lt. green (2 of each) before dyeing.  i really like how they turned out!  (more details on the blog)
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« Reply #383 on: February 01, 2006 12:09:37 PM »

That looks so professional. If you made up some tags I'm sure no one would guess that they weren't store bought. which colors were cake dyes, which wee kool aid?
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sugarkane
« Reply #384 on: February 01, 2006 12:11:46 PM »

thanks sugarkane Smiley
the dyeing is soooo easy. . .the hardest part for me was finding the different colors/packs of koolaid!
but it took maybe under and hour in total . .. not including drying time
rinse the yarn
put 2 c. of vinegar and soak for 30 mins.
mix 1/2 c. water with 1/4c. vinegar and 3 packs koolaid, and put onto yarn
microwave for 2 min. intervals until "dye" runs clear.
and that's it!!
I'm gonna try it again this weekend, but with grey yarn to see if that'll make a darker color Smiley
awesome, thanks...i've definetly got to try this and i'll post my results when i do Wink
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elijor
« Reply #385 on: February 01, 2006 04:33:21 PM »

thanks sugarkane Smiley
rinse the yarn
put 2 c. of vinegar and soak for 30 mins.
mix 1/2 c. water with 1/4c. vinegar and 3 packs koolaid, and put onto yarn
microwave for 2 min. intervals until "dye" runs clear.
and that's it!!
I'm gonna try it again this weekend, but with grey yarn to see if that'll make a darker color Smiley

I only do the steps that are bolded. Saves time, cost of vinegar, and the whole pungent smell.  Your yarn will instead smell like lovely strawberries, oranges, or whatever flavor, until you knit it up and wash it or air it outside anyway. I've never had any trouble with mine. I believe the kool aid is acidic enough without the vinegar. If you used food/cake coloring you would probably need the vinegar to set the dye.
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athena404
« Reply #386 on: February 01, 2006 06:59:23 PM »

thanks sugarkane Smiley
rinse the yarn
put 2 c. of vinegar and soak for 30 mins.
mix 1/2 c. water with 1/4c. vinegar and 3 packs koolaid, and put onto yarn
microwave for 2 min. intervals until "dye" runs clear.
and that's it!!
I'm gonna try it again this weekend, but with grey yarn to see if that'll make a darker color Smiley

I only do the steps that are bolded. Saves time, cost of vinegar, and the whole pungent smell.  Your yarn will instead smell like lovely strawberries, oranges, or whatever flavor, until you knit it up and wash it or air it outside anyway. I've never had any trouble with mine. I believe the kool aid is acidic enough without the vinegar. If you used food/cake coloring you would probably need the vinegar to set the dye.

agreed
it works just fine w/o the vinegar and smells o so fruity
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veludo
« Reply #387 on: February 08, 2006 09:37:40 AM »

i finally used the how to dye wool kit that bente sent me for a swap.
hre's the result of the first try, i dyed mini skeins because i wanted to see how the differente colors would turn out, i'll use this to make felt beads to make jewelry.




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sharc
« Reply #388 on: February 08, 2006 09:54:39 AM »

wow.. . .awesome vibrant colors veludo!
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mllejessy
« Reply #389 on: February 08, 2006 10:33:22 AM »

veludo, what flavors did you use?  I love the orange!
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Is there another flavor aside from orange that will give you a nice orange-y color?  The smell of fake orange makes me gag, but it's one of my favorite colors.
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