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« on: May 21, 2006 09:23:56 AM »

I know a bit about dyeing -- animal proteins vs. cottons, etc.  i have used acid dyes, koolaid dyes and even "grew" my own indigo in college.

i have dyed dalegarn 100% superwash wool (both falk and baby ull) with great success -- but it gets expensive.

so, here's the question: has anyone dyed superwash yarn (more specifically 75% superwash wool with 25% nylon) with acid dyes?
i think it will work.... but i wanted to ask all you lovelies first! 

(barefoot mountain colors are superwash with nylon and are clearly handdyed....)

also, does anyone know of a good online (inexpensive) source for buying superwash or hand wash dye your own sock yarn? (i vaguely remember a post about this -- but now can't find the original) besides knitpicks? they are out of stock until june 30th!

thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2006 06:54:17 PM »

I just bought some 75% merino, 25% nylon superwash from www.socksthatfit.com

I dyed it with koolaid, and it takes the dye so much better than the knitpicks 100% merino!  I've never worked with acid dyes on my own, but i think it's the same principle as kool aid!

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2006 05:17:28 AM »

acid dyes are made for wool and will work just fine.  remember to take a long time heating to the proper temperature, or if you're handpainting, steam slowly over time.

and a warning about dyeing with koolaid.  the "dye" will run every time you wash until over time, you are left with a very pale item. so take care and don't wash them with anything else.
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2006 08:12:51 AM »

Julsey723: I tried that socksthatfit link, and it seems to be under construction.  is there another link?

thanks for the advice guys...i ordered a bunch of knitpicks essential in fawn.  we'll see what happens! (I figured the superwash wool would work, I just wondered if the nylon would compromise the dye)

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2006 08:44:42 PM »

erincatherine: oops...it's www.socksthsatfit.net

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