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Old 03-24-2014, 06:14 PM   #1
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Food Coloring or Kool Aid?
I've recently decided that I'm going to start dyeing my own yarn.

I've looked up different tips & videos & it seems like the most popular methods are either using food coloring or Kool Aid.

Which do you recommend for a beginner?
I did see that you have to use white vinegar if you vuse food coloring.

Also, I saw someone using a syringe piece (without the needle) & I want to try that! Anyone know of where I can find that, though?
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:48 PM   #2
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I haven't dyed yarn, but I believe which one you use depends on the fiber content.
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Originally Posted by xToXicBeAutYx View Post
I've recently decided that I'm going to start dyeing my own yarn.

I've looked up different tips & videos & it seems like the most popular methods are either using food coloring or Kool Aid.

Which do you recommend for a beginner?
I did see that you have to use white vinegar if you vuse food coloring.

Also, I saw someone using a syringe piece (without the needle) & I want to try that! Anyone know of where I can find that, though?

I have quite a few of them from injectable turkey marinade we use when we deep fry the turkey. If you PM me your address, I'll drop one in the mail to you if you want.
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I have some natural fingering wool/nylon yarn that I want to try dying. I've only seen videos for using food coloring and it was really, really interesting. What did you find about using Kool Aid? Would you share a link or two? I've not been very successful finding info on it so far. I think food coloring might be cheaper. Oh, the videos I saw were for cooking the yarn on the stove, does Kool Aid require cooking?
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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
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Kool Aid has ascorbic acid or something like that would do the same as vinegar. Thanks for the links. I'll enjoy them.
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I've read on blogs, that the Kool- Aid dyed yarn smells, well, like Kool-Aid. Lol.
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I've read on blogs, that the Kool- Aid dyed yarn smells, well, like Kool-Aid. Lol.
I saw that, too!! Yet another reason I think I want to use Kool Aid. Lol. I really want to dye some rainbow yarn or cotton candy like yarn.
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Kool Aid has ascorbic acid or something like that would do the same as vinegar. Thanks for the links. I'll enjoy them.
No problem! Let me know if you decide to venture into it. I have to wait to buy the items to do so for a while because I'm unfortunately in between jobs right now.
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