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« on: October 26, 2007 05:48:55 AM »

I ran out of some of my hand dyed yarn and I used some regular stuff to make some crochet flowers. My commercially dyed yarn had a nice intense color, but it really lacked the depth they hand dyed stuff I made a long time ago.

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This is what I'll be making with it:

It is really fun to do this!  Kool-Aid colors are sort of neon, so I experimented with toning them down with some food coloring drops.  It worked great!  I got the navy blue by using lots of blue and red dye together.  Add a little bit of diluted blue water to the orange and get a less bright version.
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2007 05:57:55 AM »

That is awsome, I think I might try this sometime.  Do you just use hot water or what, or just cold?  Do you use white yarn? Grin

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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2007 06:15:38 AM »

I love the shades of orange and blue that are right next to each other. Beautiful!

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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2007 06:19:02 AM »

lovely colors! I've always wanted to dye my own yarn.....perhaps ill try this!

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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2007 06:47:17 AM »

So pretty, did you make the flowers you posted, they're pretty too!

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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2007 11:00:49 AM »

That is awsome, I think I might try this sometime.  Do you just use hot water or what, or just cold?  Do you use white yarn? Grin

I use a Pyrex measuring cup.  I dissolve the Kool-Aid in the measuring cup with hot water adding droplets of the food coloring until I get what I like.  For rich, saturated colors, you need several packets of Kool-Aid, depending on how much yarn you are dyeing.

I add the yarn. I used a natural colored yarn, but you can also overdye colored yarn.  The yarn should already have had a soak in some water to get it ready for the process.  You'll need to have unwound it from the skein so that you have long loose batches of yarn tied at intervals so that they don't get tangled. I use enough water/color mixture so that the yarn can be almost completely submerged. 

Next I microwave the mixture with the yarn for maybe 1 or 2 minutes.  You don't want the water to boil.  You just need it to be hot.  Let the yarn soak in the hot water until the water is clear or white and all the dye is soaked into the wool.  If it isn't soaking in, microwave again.  You can also use a saucepan on simmer on the stovetop. 

Some people like to splash in some vinegar to the mixture.  I do this also just in case.  Wool needs some acidity to set they dye.  Vinegar is a must if you are using food coloring droplets or Wiltons food dye. 

When your wool seems ready and you like the color, rinse it in cool water until the water runs clear.  Always handle the wool gently so it doesn't felt together.

This sounds like a lot of instructions, but really it is pretty simple.  The wool soaks up the color really easily.
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2007 02:29:42 PM »

Beautiful!  I love those bright colors!

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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2007 08:10:51 AM »

I've never done this but have wanted to try.  How badly does the yarn fade with repeated washings?
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2007 08:17:09 AM »

Well.. it's wool, so it should have a gentle hand washing.  The mittens and scarves I made 2 winters ago haven't faded much.  Not surprisingly, a little bit of the color comes out if you felt this stuff. 

My flowers still have very rich color, but I wouldn't trim a sun shade out of them or anything  Wink

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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2007 07:23:56 PM »

I am highly impressed!  I have never thought of dying yarn until I saw your post.  It not only looks like fun but as you say, you get the colors you want.  Thank you for sharing! Cheesy
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