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I'm too young to dye!

A beautiful friend of mine sent me the most beautiful un-dyed wool yarn. She spun it herself. I'm a dyeing virgin, but have been intrigued with Kool Aid dyeing since I saw it in the Stitch N Bitch book. Does anyone know a good online tutorial for Kool Aid dyeing?

Also, the yarn came in hanks which I hand rolled into balls. Just from reading on the net, it says you can't dye yarn from balls because the color won't go all the way through. Should I put it back into hanks to dye it?

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sin_agua
Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
If you're on Ravelry, I believe there is at least one entire group devoted to Kool-Aid dyeing. Post pictures of your results! :)
rmartin_justme
Dec. 3rd, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
Knitty.com had a great article this year about Kool-aid dyeing.
enthyme
Dec. 5th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html

The link for the knitty dyeing! I liked it so much I saved it as a bookmark... Personally I think Kool-Aid dye looks really vibrant and edible ;) Go for it!
loomatic
Jan. 11th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
I've seen people dye balls of wool, and it can come out in a really cool ombre type yarn. I've only done it in skeins, because I like a more even dye job. It's really quite simple. I mixed Kool-aid (the kind with no sweetner in it) with some water and a little vinegar, the same way you'd make dye for easter eggs. You can do a big bath to submerge skeins in if you want an all-over color. I used cups for my last attempt, and then used a turkey baster to put each color where I wanted it. Then I gently squeezed the yarn at each section to be sure the dye soaked all the way through. Wrapped it up in plastic wrap, microwaved it for 3 minutes, rinsed it in clear warm water a few times, and BAM had home dyed yarn. I wove it and made it into a corn bag for my guild's holiday project swap. You can see pictures on my flickr page.
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