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Topic: Can you dye Kidsilk Haze with Koolaid?  (Read 818 times)
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« on: December 07, 2005 11:39:22 AM »

I am going to make the Airy Scarf from Last minute Knitted Gifts for my aunt using this sort of pale oatmenal colored kidsilk, and thought maybe I could use the oher half the ball for a scarf for my cousin, but my cousin would want something brighter- like bright green.  Can you dye kidsilk with Kool Aid?
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eunnyjang
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2005 01:08:47 PM »

I don't know - it's not 100% natural fiber, is it? I think there's some acetate or acrylic along with the mohair and the wool - I wouldn't count on it taking the color evenly.
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2005 01:25:08 PM »

Actually its 80% mohair and 20% silk... So its all natural, but not all animal....

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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2005 05:30:29 PM »

silk is also a protien fiber, so it should all take the dye - but the silk and mohair may well take the dye differently.  so you might end up with a darker halo and lighter core, or vice versa.  try dying a little piece and see what happens.

the other thing I'd be worried about is that you'd want to unball it and wind the yarn into a skein, then dye and let it dry, then wind it back into a ball.  that seems like an awful lot of chances for the mohair to turn into a nasty knotty mess.  you might want to knit, then dye instead.  I've done it before, and the result was a little on the blotchy side, but the halo of the mohair would conceal that a little.  and depending on the funkiness level of your cousin, she might like it that way.
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