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A blog for short bits about dyeing experiments, new food colors, where to get cheap supplies, dyers in the news, yarn hints and Kool tidbits that aren't full pages on DyeYourYarn.

Yarn Not Wet Enough?

As exotic fibers such as llama, bison, camel, silk, mohair, mink, dog and possum grow in popularity - folks want to know:

"How can I dye these fibers so the color comes out evenly?"

The answer is a longer soaking time. Overnight is good and even two days is not excessive.

You can soak the fiber in plain water or in a cold dyebath .

If the yarn will be dyed several colors or handpainted, soak in plain water.

If the yarn is very fuzzy or you are using a single blended color (such as purple, green or orange), I'd recommend soaking in the dyebath.

If you are working with a fiber that is new to you, try this:

Soak one sample in a dye bath overnight and set the color. Throw the second sample in a hot dyebath when the yarn is completely dry.

See what the difference in dye coverage is. 

Dyeing with Ghoul-Aid

Do you have packages of Ghoul-Aid laying around, and you wonder what to do with it?

Add Ghoul-Aid to other flavors of Kool-Aid to make all new colors.

See the new colors.

AmeriColor Chocolate Brown

Do you have bits of yarn left-over that are just ho-hum?

This week, we're overdyeing with AmeriColor with no other goal than to throw a handful of yarn into a hot dye bath and see what happens.

I didn't even wind the mint green ball in the first photo into a hank, just tossed in as is.

The result is the chocolate color struck to the exterior of the ball and the interior stayed green.

AmeriColor Red Red

The color in the second photo is off, the orange yarn is actually barn red.

The green yarn turned into a nice raisin color and the cyan yarn is now royal blue.

AmeriColor Burgundy

Burgundy is the hardest color in the AmeriColor line to use. Don't add too much vinegar or it will crock.

Here, I had the water up to temperature, I added a scant amount of Burgundy and dropped the yarn in dry.

As the yarn sank (without my help), the Burgundy struck fast and exhausted before most to the yarn was even wet.

AmeriColor Royal Blue

Well, sometimes adding food color to dark colored yarn doesn't do much. The dark green yarn is still dark green.

But, the gray yarn looks better.

Bad News From Wilton

Wilton has changed the formula for its black icing gel.

Sometime before August of 2012, they replaced the red3 with red40.

This is good news and bad news.

Good News, you won't need to worry about adding to much acid and having the red crock. Although adding too much red for the amount of yarn will still cause a problem.

The Bad News, if you like to break black you are going to need to stock pile the old black icing gel.

You need to find the jars with blue1, red3, yellow5 and 6.

Wilton Burgundy, Royal Blue and Violet still had red3 as of August 2012 (the last time Wilton updated its records).

So read those jars carefully.

Yarn Dyeing at the Knitters Nook

What's more fun than dyeing? Dyeing yarn with new friends in a Yarn Store!

Instructor Lost Lishy chose Spud and Chloe fine sock yarn and new Kool-Aid flavors, and the results are drool-worthy.

The hanks are 30 to 60 yards each and one packet of Kool-Aid was used per color.

Left: Skeins drying on a dress form shaped display (super idea!).

Top: Yarn dyed with Peach Mango and Strawberry Lemonaid.

Bottom: Yarn dyed with Lemon-Lime and Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonaid.

Left: Spotted yarn hanging to dry.

Top: Yarn dyed with Strawberry Lemonade and Ghoul-Aid Scary Blackberry.

Bottom: Same yarn twisted into a hank.

Thank you to LostLishy, her students and the Knitters Nook of Columbus, Indiana for their inspirational dyeing. Makes you want to break out the Kool-Aid doesn't it?

Neon Tights

Shopping for sunscreen this week, I found a large display of girl's tights in solid neon colors.

The women's department has neon leggings (also called footless long tights).

Perhaps stores aren't carrying the right neon color, or you like the idea but would rather wear a more subtle color.

Find a pair of white, ivory or light beige tights, pantyhose or leggings that are made from nylon.

Spandex and lycra won't dye, you want as much nylon content as possible.

Then grab some Kool-Aid or other artificial food colors and hop over here.

Summer Shopping List

Summer is the time to find cheap supplies at garage sales, church sales, and jumble sales.

Here's a list of things to look for

  • enamel pot - pots with white bottoms make it easier to see the color of the dyebath.
  • canning jars - for dyeing in the microwave, or to keep your dyebath hot.
  • a spaghetti grabber for hot yarn (looks like a deep spoon with a wavy edge).
  • jars of Wilton and other food colors.
  • heat proof gloves.
  • ice cube trays to freeze left-over dye.
  • clothes drying rack.
  • zippered mesh bags for washing delicates (if you wash fleece or recycled yarns).
  • large plastic tubes to store yarn.
  • sweater, scarves and hats to unravel.
  • silk scarves (if you'd like to try dyeing them).
  • white nylons (if you'd like to try dyeing them).

Food Color Substitutions

Here's a photo so you can compare the four basic colors carried in The AmeriColor, Kool-Aid, McCormick, Queen and Wilton food colors.

1. AmeriColor Sky
2. AmeriColor Electric Yellow plus Lemon
3. AmeriColor Electic Yellow plus Sky
4. AmeriColor Electic Pink plus Red
5. Kool-Aid Berry Blue
6. Kool-Aid Lemon-Lime
7. Kool-Aid  Soaring Strawberry
8. McCormick Neon Blue
9. McCormick Yellow
10. McCormick Green
11. McCormick Neon Pink or Red
12. Queen Blue
13. Queen Yellow
14. Queen Green
15. Queen Red
16. Wilton Sky
17. Wilton Lemon
18. Wilton Golden plus Kelly

Monarch Butterfly Video

 Please watch the "Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly" video I made for a 4-H project.

It is only 3 1/2 minutes long. It shows closeup video of the caterpillar shedding skin to become pupa and the butterfly emerging from the chrysalis. Also, all 5 caterpillar instars with size comparison. 

Thank you - Hannahhats

Dyeing Lace

Summer means new-to-us dolls coming home from garage sales and thrift stores. These dolls usually come non-dressed. So, were are busy drafting patterns and sewing costumes made from recycled t-shirts.

The dolls enjoy a bit of lace on their outfits, but white lace is boring.

The good news is ... nylon lace will dye with food color.

Just pop over to how to dye nylon and soon you'll have an unlimited palette of lace.

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