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Jens
10-10-2007, 10:47 PM
Can I dye a finished garment with Kool-aid? I have 100% natural color wool that I'm working with and now I'm thinking I'd like it to be colored.
Jen

simplethings
10-11-2007, 01:29 AM
I would say yes. There might be problems with making sure the dye gets everywhere evenly, but, it should work. =)

Yarnlady
10-11-2007, 08:47 AM
Here's my blog post (http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-jpaAmzcyc6c0Nn_BA9rcAO9b?p=1203) about dyeing a sweater. Although I didn't use KA in this project (it was my first non-KA/food coloring dye project) the same thing can be done with food coloring based dyes.

Jens
10-11-2007, 02:12 PM
Thank you yarnlady. Wow that sweater is really pretty. I just might try the half and half dye myself. You think this would work with koolaid too huh? Should i purchase the acid dyes? Are they better? I've never dyed before (hehe) so it needs to be sort of easy.
Jenn

Yarnlady
10-12-2007, 09:02 AM
You can do anything with KA you can do with acid dyes. However, the color selection is limited.

I bought the acid dyes from Dharma Trading Company (http://www.dharmatrading.com/info/dyeing_wool.html) and used their instructions. It was really easy...just as easy as KA. And the colors are more intense.

The thing to remember, is every dye job is a crap shoot. You don't know for sure what the end results are going to be. It's hard to control. And even though you work hard to get an even dye job, imperfections occur. Personally, I like these as they show it's a hand made project. If you're really into knitting and dyeing like it was professionally done, learn to take the bad with the good! :teehee:

Yes, hand dyeing can be done professionally with lots of notes and practice, but....that's way too much work for my tastes. And professional dyers will tell you, too, that sometimes what they thought was going to happen didn't, but something equally gorgeous resulted.

Jens
10-12-2007, 03:17 PM
Thanks again!

Mariblue
10-12-2007, 06:04 PM
Here's a link to an article from knitty.com that talks about koolaid dyeing. It shows a range of colors that you can achieve. Most of them are pretty bright colors, obviously, but you can get a really pretty dark red, or purple, and you can also experiment with mixing the colors together for some more pretty shades.
Dyed in the Wool. (http://www.knitty.com/issuefall02/FEATdyedwool.html)

Jens
10-12-2007, 07:11 PM
I got black cherry for a darker red color. I'm scared this is the largest project i've done so I hope it works. I guess I can alway redye it...