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Old 03-25-2014, 12:21 AM   #11
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I have some food colors (I think, or I can steal them from my daughter ) and vinegar. I was glad to find out I can use the same pot I cook spaghetti in for dying. Some food dyes will be marked down after Easter.
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Old 03-25-2014, 12:41 AM   #12
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Oops,I realize now you said Koolaid or food coloring not dyes.some fibers dye better with chemical dye I've heard. Good experiment for you.

My friends who dye yarn with chemical dyes keep the tools for dying separate from the cooking tools. I've heard hem talk about crockpots, double boilers and stuff.
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Old 03-25-2014, 12:43 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by xToXicBeAutYx View Post
I've seen a few videos. So far, I'm learning:

1) Kool Aid doesn't need vinegar, food coloring does.
2) Kool Aid doesn't have to be boiled. I saw them wrapping it in plastic wrap & either steaming on the stove or just microwaved.
3) Using a syringe or bottles (like condiment ones from restaurants).


Here is what I've found:

http://maiyamayhem.blogspot.com/2012...yeing-101.html


Most helpful videos:

http://youtu.be/4HKcFkY0-fU

http://youtu.be/fkz4H3B1iTA

http://youtu.be/R8MNGmYI8Qc

Oh, geez.... now I wanna try it!!!
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:32 AM   #14
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koolaid & food coloring are great when you are dyeing protein fiber like wool or silk. Cellulose fibers (like cotton) need a different type of dye.

Yes, food coloring needs acid to act as the mordant. Like someone said, koolaid contains ascorbic acid, so vinegar isn't needed.

If you are going to be doing a lot of dyeing, you might want to check into getting proper dyes. They are actually cheaper in the long run. The best price I've found is from Dharma Trading

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Old 03-25-2014, 09:52 AM   #15
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I don't want to use anything that could be hazardous. I have cats & a dog that get into EVERYTHING.

That's why I would prefer using Kool Aid or food coloring. I think, for my first attempt, I'm going to try food coloring & boiling.
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Thanks, mullerslanefarm. Great site you linked to. I doubt I'll ever do a lot of dying my own yarn but the food color experiments look like they'd be fun to do with grandkids. I never intended to knit so much so I will definitely keep buying dyes in mind just in case it turns into a habit too.
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Originally Posted by xToXicBeAutYx View Post
I don't want to use anything that could be hazardous. I have cats & a dog that get into EVERYTHING.

That's why I would prefer using Kool Aid or food coloring. I think, for my first attempt, I'm going to try food coloring & boiling.
If you decide to go with commercial dyes, just take reasonable precautions. You probably already have things like detergents and foods your pets shouldn't get into.
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I've never tried either with yarn..although my roommate did try to dye my hair with kool-aid in college...didn't work out too well

I've only ever dyed yarn once for a knitting project and just went with regular RIT dye. I leaned the hard way that acrylic yarn does not dye well at all. I ened up going with %100 alpaca wool, which dyed great, but was a different texture to the rest of my scarf...oh well, learn for next time...

Also I dyed the yarn in my kitchen with the fan going. Didn't bother my 2 cats at all, if you are concerned for your animal friends.
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
If you decide to go with commercial dyes, just take reasonable precautions. You probably already have things like detergents and foods your pets shouldn't get into.
Yes. But they're in cabinets. Lol. I'm referring to the dyes as they're being used, not stored.
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The only real danger when dyeing comes when using mordants, other than acid (like vinegar or citric acid) or alum. When you start working with mordants such as chrome or copper, you need special equipment.

Unless your pets get up on the counter or stove, you should have no problems.

RIT dye is actually two dyes in one ... one for your protein fibers and one for your cellulose fibers ... none for the acrylics! You do a lot of rinsing when using RIT dye as the dye not for the fiber you are using needs to be rinsed out.

Easter egg dyes work real well also ... they do need vinegar.

Just be sure when you are dyeing that you use hot water, but not boiling (or even simmering when using fiber that felts easily).
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