Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Kool-Aid and Acid Dyes

damp yarn

I began by presoaking the wool in lukewarm water and a tiny bit of detergent. Then I spun it out so that it was merely damp. There are 10 skeins of worsted (140 yards each) and one large skein of mohair, which never did get dyed today.


yuck

My first batch of Kool-Aid was Wild Berry Grape which I got at 10 for a $1, and I can see why. It mixed up as kinda weak browny purple. Not appetizing. I had hopes that it would dye up a nice lavender. I used 1, 2, 3, and 4 packages per dyepot, thinking I would have nice gradations. hmm.
There wasn't all that much difference in the batches after a minute in the microwave. But all the dye was absorbed almost immediately into the wool. The Kool-Aid has citric acid in the mix, so no need to add any vinegar. That was nice.

It looks wonderful here, but the picture lies. This is really the color below. Puce, heathery pruney blah. Like a faded wine stain.

OK, it's really BROWN. I hate it.



Luckily I do have some REAL dye, Kiton in Red Orange. I open a packet, 1 oz. and mix it with the 1 3/4 cup of water and a 1/4 cup of vinegar. I could tell immediately that it was much more intense than even four packets of Kool-Aid. I add the rinsed out puce yarn and start microwaving it. While it is in the microwave, I reach for my Magic Sponge, from Mr. Clean. It really gets up everything, without detergent or bleach.



Its very sad looking, but I am keeping it until it completely disintegrates.

The first try of the Kiton Acid Dye says "Wow!" Now that's some color! 1/4cup of dye solution, and one skein of wool. woowoo!


Back to the Kool-Aid experiments. 4 packages of Berry Blue make a great turquoise.




4 packages of Lemonade Blue Raspberry, what a name, and what a fragrance. Nice.




4 packages of Arctic Green Apple and there are the three flavors after microwaving. I did one minute each, letting them rest in between and then one more minute. The dye was all gone into the yarn so I just stopped then.




The washout and nothing bled into the water, so I just added a bit of softener to the rinse and spun the three out in the washing machine and hung them out to dry.


Here's how the puce/brown stuff looks after overdyeing with that luscious red orange. I also did some gradations of that red orange since I had so much of it mixed, from just that one little one ounce packet. It cost me 10 cents at the garage sale.

A closeup of the yarn cooling. What is that frosty hairy stuff on the yarn? I guess it is something that doesn't take the dye, like perhaps nylon?


The washout from the Kiton Dyes shows lots more excess dye is rinsed off. This second picture is the second rinse. I left it sitting there, and I will be spending the rest of the afternoon rinsing out the other skeins.
Since I had more dye left, I wound off two more skeins and dyed them together for yet another gradation of the red orange. Look for something red orange in my knitting in the future.


After six minutes in the microwave. I think it's done.

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