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Old 05-12-2012, 04:35 AM   #1
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Talking To those who have experience dying WOOL...

Squeal! I JUST bought a cone of BFL from here...Note there is a sale on until the 15th! (as for pricing I dunno if it's great...it seemed good enough to me so I just went for it).

http://www.wool2dye4.com/Bluefaced-Leicester/

Anyways I bought it intending to knit with some of it undyed, but also to maybe dye some. Kool Aid perhaps...I know NOTHING about chemical dyes but they do have this one in a sample kit (opinions????)

http://www.wool2dye4.com/Starter-Dye...y-ProChem.html

Anyways, don't freak me out please. Just tell me, can I do this? I've kool aid dyed ONCE before...a sweet peas felted wool cover 6 years ago. Oh wait I did 2, one was merino...ANYHOO they both turned out really good....but it was SO long ago and that was covers, not unknit wool...

Looking for any info and support....

Unrelated ramble warning: I used to buy my wool from Wooly Wonders By Nada but I think they've long since gone out of business right? I still have about 8-12 skeins of it which I hugely cherish...but since I know that can't last forever, that's why I took the plunge on buying some undyed. I know my dyes could NEVER compare to WWBN but as long as they are pleasent and don't run all over the place I'm sure (hope?) i will be happy with this purchase. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE BFL. It's so super soft!

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Old 05-12-2012, 07:09 AM   #2
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Koolaid dyeing can be a lot of fun to get you into dyeing. It can be fun to experiment with, trying out the different methods, like hand painting, kettle dying, crockpot dyeing, etc... Wiltons is also a great dye to use when getting started, gives you some better colors than just koolaid.

Once you know you like dyeing then I would recommend buying some acid dyes from dharma. Great fun and so many color choices and combinations!

Have fun! I have been dyeing for just 6 months or so. I don't do it professionally just for my little man's woolies, but it sure is fun!
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Koolaid dye or wiltons works ok, though some colors aren't very stable. If you can, buy acid dyes.

Totally OT, but I would LOVE to see your WWBN collection! I was lucky enough to score some on spots! an
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Totally easy and lots of fun!! You can do it!
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I would definitely start with kool-aid and wiltons! You can make some great colorways and learn what you're doing without having to worry about safety and buying cookware to use only with the acid dyes. On a related note, summer garage sales are a great place to stock up on those extra pans and bowls for if you do venture into acid dyes!
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Is $85 for a kilo sale price?
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Koolaid dye or wiltons works ok, though some colors aren't very stable. If you can, buy acid dyes.

Totally OT, but I would LOVE to see your WWBN collection! I was lucky enough to score some on spots! an
WILTONS? LIKE cake dyes? Food colouring? Any unstable colours to stay away from until I make the leap to acid dyes?

I will TOTALLY take pics of my WWBN stash for you. Gimme a few weeks and I will do it and then post a shout out to you to make sure you see it, cool?
(will have to figure out how to post pics....it can't be hard...)
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Is $85 for a kilo sale price?
it's for 2.5 lbs. Is that a kilo? The sale took $12.50 off of that at check out.

What do you think? Good or no? Either way I've done it!
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