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Old 03-26-2014, 12:41 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by mullerslanefarm View Post

Unless your pets get up on the counter or stove, you should have no problems..
That, my cats do. Lol. Yeah, I've looked up all options for dyeing yarn & found that I only liked the food coloring & Kool Aid.

That's the main reason I posted this thread, I wanted to see which of those 2 people prefer more.
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Old 07-25-2015, 05:05 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
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?
Food coloring is an acid dye, which is what's in Kool Aid and dyes for frosting.

Any dye you find in food is acid dye. Not all acid dye is food-grade, however. I recommend food-grade dyes because they're safer to use.

All acid dyes require acid to set, and work better with heat. When I dye with acid dyes, I always heat on the stove.

Kool Aid has ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in it, but other dyes will need acid added. White vinegar is the easiest to find in a grocery store, but you can also get non-food-grade ascorbic acid from a store that sells dyes.

I promised something to someone who wanted purple, and I couldn't find purple yarn, so I used 100% undyed merino wool and dyed it with grape Kool Aid. It turned out beautiful, but she wanted to know why it smelled like grapes. Three years later, it still smelled like grapes. She actually liked it, luckily.
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I've used nothing but Kool-Aid for my yarn & every time it has come out amazingly!

I don't see the point in messing around w/ acid dyes or any other type of dye when I can just mix up some Kool-Aid, soak my yarn in vinegar, paint my yarn with the Kool-Aid, cover in plastic wrap & then pop it in the microwave.

Plus, I just LOVE that my yarn smells like that specific Kool-Aid scent afterwards for quite some time, hehe.
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I like using acid dyes because I have a much wider range of colors, it is far, far more cost effective and I don't like having my fibers smelling like fruit.
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