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Roxanne
Seriously Hooked

Canada
714 Posts

Posted - 12/30/2005 :  09:54:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Roxanne's Homepage Send Roxanne a Private Message
Sure do love how the Kool-aid dyes yarn...my first skein is done and I am planning on more.

Soaking the yarn in a mix of vinegar and water prior to dyeing really helped the Kool-aid to soak into the yarn too.

You can see it here:
http://knitnpurlzen.wordpress.com/2005/12/30/my-first-koolaid-dyeing/

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COgirl
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USA
2176 Posts

Posted - 12/30/2005 :  11:38:50 AM  Show Profile Send COgirl a Private Message
I am not into dyeing yarns, but I have to tell you that the colors in the photo of your skein looks wonderful. Congrats!
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imamamaof2
Chatty Knitter

178 Posts

Posted - 12/30/2005 :  4:30:46 PM  Show Profile Send imamamaof2 a Private Message
I've done kool-aid dying before but wasn't brave enough to do multiple colors. How do you add the colors to the yarn to achieve that effect? I had about 100 yds wound loosely into just a large oval shape. Then I put the whole thing in a crock pot with the kool-aid already mixed up inside.
To do multiple colors would you just *baste* with different colors in swipes around the circle (yarn laying out on plastic wrap, I think)?

Yours is LOVELY!
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Roxanne
Seriously Hooked

Canada
714 Posts

Posted - 12/30/2005 :  7:31:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit Roxanne's Homepage Send Roxanne a Private Message
Thanks everyone!

imamamaof2...actually, what I did was this...put the yarn into a plastic container after being soaked in water with a bit of vinegar. It was not covered in water...just a bit wet from soaking after ringing it out slightly. From there I drew up the colours into a turkey baster and "basted" the colour onto segments of the yarn...and squeezed the yarn (with gloves on LOL) to get the colour to go through it entirely. I did that right around the entire skein of yarn...threw it in the microwave for 2 minutes at high, 2 minutes rest, 2 minutes high, let cool and then rinsed it off in warmish water. The water ran clear pretty quickly too...without a lot of rinsing.

You aren't seeing segments of colours in my yarn like all purple area or an all blue area, etc. because I always let it dry and then re-skein the yarn so as to get a prettier effect in the hank. If I had not done this, it would've been a segment of red, a segment of purple, a segment of ice-blue, etc. for all the colours instead of the "mixed" look you see now.

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Ditzy Girl
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USA
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Posted - 12/30/2005 :  7:54:19 PM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message
Good job, it looks great.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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azblueskies
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Posted - 12/30/2005 :  10:25:14 PM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message
Beautiful! Thanks for telling us how you did it!
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SandiKnits
Warming Up

87 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2005 :  07:41:43 AM  Show Profile Send SandiKnits a Private Message
What yarn did you use for the base? It's beautiful and makes me think I could dye too! :)
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Roxanne
Seriously Hooked

Canada
714 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2005 :  09:23:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit Roxanne's Homepage Send Roxanne a Private Message
Hi Sandi...I used the "colour-your-own" yarn from Knitpicks.com.

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SandiKnits
Warming Up

87 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2005 :  10:55:57 AM  Show Profile Send SandiKnits a Private Message
Oh great! Another reason to shop Knit Picks. :) Thanks again!
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Lissa
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USA
4942 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2005 :  12:34:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
Fantabulous!

Lissa

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a
revolutionary act. -- George Orwell


Oh, and I now have a blog:http://knittnlissa.typepad.com/knittnlissa/
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Roxanne
Seriously Hooked

Canada
714 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2005 :  1:26:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit Roxanne's Homepage Send Roxanne a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by SandiKnits

Oh great! Another reason to shop Knit Picks. :) Thanks again!



I know Sandi...sorry for "enabling"... [blush]

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imamamaof2
Chatty Knitter

178 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2005 :  7:09:43 PM  Show Profile Send imamamaof2 a Private Message
Hi Roxanne-
Thanks for the info. So you do have sections or lengths that are each individual color. That's what I want to do. So it would knit up in stripes.
Again, it's so pretty! You did a super job!
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kdw5
New Pal

32 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2005 :  11:07:28 PM  Show Profile Send kdw5 a Private Message
Hi,
Beautiful dyeing! Did you dye each color in short or long segments? Was each color used once or more? I have dyed using Kool-Aid but only in single colors and love the look of yours!
Kathy
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Roxanne
Seriously Hooked

Canada
714 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2006 :  09:50:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit Roxanne's Homepage Send Roxanne a Private Message
Hi Kathy...fairly long segments for most of the colours except the lighter green and in single segments. There's about 5 different colours in this skein...grape, cherry, strawberry, ice blue and a surprise colour (light green).

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