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MarieApril
01-12-2006, 03:06 AM
I was wondering where I could get yarn to dye with Kool-Aid for a good price.............

Ive searched ebay and found 100% natural wool, but would this be a good material for a scarf? Sounds kinda itchy... :thinking:

foldedbird
01-12-2006, 07:10 AM
KnitPicks.com has dyeable Wool of the Andes, which has been very popular on this forum. You'd have to ask the others about whether it's itchy or not. I do know that it's mostly used for felting.

I personally know gals from my knitting group who have had marvelous results when dyeing this yarn with Kool-Aid.

If you DO order from knit picks, make sure you click through from this site, Amy gets credit!

MarieApril
01-12-2006, 12:52 PM
thanks! :happydance:

Julie
01-12-2006, 01:46 PM
I just kool-aid dyed some Wool of the Andes on Monday -- it turned out really cool! :thumbsup:

A little pricier, but a fab selection: http://www.wool2dye4.com/index.asp

Mad About Wool
01-13-2006, 03:22 PM
I just kool-aid dyed some Wool of the Andes on Monday -- it turned out really cool!

Awesome! Do you have pictures? We would love to see it. :cheering:

foldedbird
01-13-2006, 03:28 PM
Me tooo!

Carolyn, was the blue-green yarn and red-yellow yarn that you & Renee dyed WOTA? I *think* I might have pictures of it!

Mad About Wool
01-13-2006, 09:02 PM
Carolyn, was the blue-green yarn and red-yellow yarn that you & Renee dyed WOTA? I *think* I might have pictures of it!

Yes, it was WOTA! And also what Chris gave to me that I dyed.

foldedbird
01-14-2006, 12:20 AM
Okey dokey! I'll post pix!

Julie
01-14-2006, 12:46 AM
Here they are....the good and the bad....

Mad About Wool
01-14-2006, 09:55 AM
Those are pretty!!! :cheering: And your daughter managed to get a nice robin egg blue on hers. I never could get a good blue with koolaid! Isn't it fun?

Mad About Wool
01-14-2006, 10:10 AM
Okay, to be fair, I guess I should post a picture of the WOTA I dyed. Not Koolaid, though. This is done with Washfast Acid Dyes, if anyone is interested. And they are very easy to use. Mix with water, paint the yarn, spray with full strength vinegar before steaming.

foldedbird
01-14-2006, 10:50 AM
Those are PURDY, Carolyn!

foldedbird
01-14-2006, 10:57 AM
I *think* this is the WOTA that Renee dyed with Carolyn for bacmiddy/
Christina Ya-Ya. I know for sure that it's dyed with Kool-Aid. It's a lovely blue and green.

Picture from our Palloween swap 15 Oct 05.

foldedbird
01-14-2006, 10:58 AM
By the way, Christina was WAY more thrilled with the yarn than she looks in the photo, I am not the best photographer!!!

Mad About Wool
01-14-2006, 11:52 AM
Thanks Denise!

Actually, Renee did that dyeing all by herself. Didn't she do a great job? And I know that Chris loved it, despite the story the picture seems to tell :rofling:

Julie
01-14-2006, 12:19 PM
Funny that you should comment on the blue....that one color is actually Wilton dye. Finally, I can justify spending all that money on dumb tubs of dye for ridiculously intricate birthday cakes. :roflhard:

Mad About Wool
01-14-2006, 12:55 PM
Well, you know, that Wilton dye will just have to multi-task now.

foldedbird
01-15-2006, 01:41 PM
Ohh, OK Carolyn! Whoops!


~~mod squad was here

amy
01-16-2006, 12:36 AM
Wow, I love these hand-dyed yarns!! :inlove: Y'all are an inspiration! Carolyn, that yarn you posted is impressive, what rich colors! Thanks also for the info on how you dyed it.

Mad About Wool
01-16-2006, 09:31 AM
Thank you very much, Amy. I love to share. I had a great deal of trouble dyeing when I first started out, and I would have loved tips and tricks about dyeing at the time.

Julie
01-16-2006, 11:17 AM
Carolyn, Q for you...I had read that you don't *need* to use acid dyes with animal fibers (just plant fibers)...do you use them because the colors are richer?

Mad About Wool
01-16-2006, 12:57 PM
Julie,

2 reasons I use the acid dyes. The first being that it is much easier :lol: (I have done natural dyeing also, but it requires boiling the yarn in a solution of alum, and is more time consuming). Natural dyeing also involves some calculations and weighing, etc., which is okay, but I have to be in a certain mood to do it. Also, I can get a whole range of colors using the commercial dyes!!!!

Also, I do find the colors are richer with the acid dyes, which by the way, don't work for plant fibers. You have to use a fiber reactive dye with them.

foldedbird
01-16-2006, 01:48 PM
I think Caro is saving all of her natural-dyeing energy to turn my WOTA into Indigo! That's how much she :heart: me!

Mad About Wool
01-16-2006, 03:24 PM
I think Caro is saving all of her natural-dyeing energy to turn my WOTA into Indigo! That's how much she :heart: me !

Oh, how you do run on!!!!! :blush:

foldedbird
01-16-2006, 11:01 PM
hehe... I do tend to embellish just a bit, don't I?

Mad About Wool
01-16-2006, 11:46 PM
hehe... I do tend to embellish just a bit, don't I?

:thumbsup: