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xchinagurlyx
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Posted - 04/26/2005 :  12:38:48 PM  Show Profile Send xchinagurlyx a Private Message
Hi everyone,
I was wondering if we can dye a complete, knitted item (a sweater). I don't have the tools to wind that much yarn and I don't think I would be able to achieve a consistent color for the sweater. Does anyone have any experience with this?
Thanks!
~Linda

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Posted - 04/26/2005 :  12:44:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
The chances of getting an even dye job on a knitted garment aren't great. You generally get the most even color if you dye the roving and then spin, dyed yarn is slightly blotchier, and dyed whole-cloth is rarely even in tone throughout.

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Posted - 04/26/2005 :  12:50:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Momma78239's Homepage  Send Momma78239 a Yahoo! Message Send Momma78239 a Private Message
Sure you can knit a complete finished item. You'll need a big enough container, and if you want a non-variegated finish, you need to pre-wash the item, then make sure it's wet and evenly wrung out.

Mix the dye and water in your big container. For a whole finished item, I would use a big stock pot and heat it on the stove, while CONSTANTLY & GENTLY moving the garment around, to make sure that the color is evenly distributed. Then let it cool and rinse in water the same temperature as the dying water.

-Wendy
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"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139:13

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