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« on: September 23, 2007 08:43:05 PM »

1. What do you use to dye your yarn? (I've been reading about the koolaid)

2. Dare I dye my cashmere? It's a natural color (cream), and I'm not into white, which is why I can't remember why I got it in the first place. Oh wait, because it was ridiculously cheap (for cashmere, mind you), nevermind. hehe Cool

I just don't want to get all excited about dyeing with koolaid, until I can confirm that this is in fact possible (that it will take the dye well), etc. etc. Undecided  I was thinking maybe a red (black cherry koolaid) or purple (grape something)...
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2007 08:48:01 PM »

You should ask at the Dyeing Q&D section of Craftster (under Other Fiber Arts).

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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2007 06:40:18 AM »

Cashmere will take dyes that work on protein fibers (wool, etc). I use acid dyes, which have brilliant colors, are light and washfast, inexpensive, and only require a little vinegar to set (don't be scared by the 'acid'). Koolaid ought to work as well.

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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2007 08:33:09 AM »

So the koolaid can be chilled first? I've been googling and it keeps telling me cashmere shouldn't be exposed to hot water...?

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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2007 08:44:11 AM »

Are the googled sites talking about finished cashmere items? Because one is often warned not to wash wool in hot water or silk at all, but both can be used in a hot dye bath just fine prior to garment construction/other use. I haven't worked with cashmere yarn before, but I personally wouldn't hesitate to use it in a hot dye bath, although I might be extra careful to avoid felting it. There was a discussion in another thread about avoiding felting in roving, someone recommended to put the fiber  (or yarn) in a roasting pan with the dye/water and put it in the oven, instead of using a tub or vat on the stove.

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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2007 09:17:56 AM »

Excellent! I have about 1200 yards worsted weight natural cashmere (24 oz/12 skeins), if that helps. So I'm guessing I'll probably have to do several *rounds* of dyeing here. I have 16 packets of the Black Cherry koolaid, and I'm hoping I still have some vinegar...

It did say that little to no agitation would be 'needed', so I'll try to do it the koolaid way, just without poking the yarn too much. Man, I feel like I need supervision! Wink

« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2007 12:59:25 PM »

Ok, so I found several links (none cashmere related), BUT I think instructions in the link below might do the trick (zip lock bag). I just wanted to add it here to share for future reference. Smiley


« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2007 01:38:02 PM »

I have another link for you. Lots of good information there.
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2007 02:54:52 PM »

gallstones: I did come across that while googling, but all I could find on there was basically "let the pros do it"...

So, I'm on round 2 of ziplock dyeing, and it's going well. My only concern at this point is that the yarn has been/will be wet for a long time. It's going very well so far, though. Yay!

I did some in purple/grape too, but I haven't uploaded all the pics yet. Once I've double confirmed that this works (it took the color very well), I'll try to write up a pic tutorial, since there's not much out there on dyeing cashmere.

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