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« on: March 05, 2012, 06:54:50 PM »

I was bored so I dyed some wool with food coloring and koolaid! Not bad for my first try (I tell myself  Cheesy). Now I just have to decide what to make with it!



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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 08:27:54 PM »

That's pretty cool, Ned!  Do you know if the colors will bleed or fade if you make something that has to be washed? 
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012, 09:59:54 PM »

The colors are permanent and won't bleed. The wool is washed after dying. I don't think they are lightfast though so they might fade if left in sunlight.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2012, 10:13:42 PM »

If it is food coloring, it might indeed fade in sunlight (especially pinks and purples in my experience). Looks very nice. Have you decided what will you make?
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2012, 06:10:38 AM »

Awesome, Ned!  I have heard of Kool-Ade dyeing, but have never tried it.  About how much yardage do you have there?  The first consideration for what you make would be the amount you have.  It looks like it might be enough for a hat, or fingerless mitts, but I don't know how much use you would have for that in your climate!  Looks like worsted weight?

If you have approximate yardage, and the weight of the yarn, you could try joining this site (free)
www.ravelry.com

and search "Patterns" for the yardage and weight of the yarn, to get some ideas.  (Warning:  Ravelry site is totally addictive!)
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2012, 06:46:21 AM »

Wow ! They look great, I can't wait to see what you make with it.
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2012, 08:54:55 PM »

alek, I haven't decided what to make yet. I'm waiting for my new glasses so I will actually be able to see what I'm making! I have heard that pinks and reds are not lightfast so I overdyed them with the koolade. I hope that will help a little with fading.

catbird, it's 210 yards of worsted. I've been a member of ravelry for a while now! I have some patterns saved but usually I end up just creating my own. I do need basic pattern for a hat then I will add my own ideas to it. I've already made some fingerless gloves which are great for long hours at the computer in the winter. It's warming up now so I probably won't need them again until next winter but I wouldn't mind having another pair. I also want to make some socks and I do have a pattern for worsted weight socks (I think they would be too thick to wear with shoes though).

I've actually done a lot of knitting since I last posted about it. I made scarves for my friends for Christmas (5 of them!), 2 shawls I don't know what to do with, a whole bunch of dishcloths, and I'm currently thinking about a blanket but that's a lot of work!
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2012, 08:56:55 PM »

Wow!

Dare I say Kool?    Lips sealed

Very pretty!
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2012, 06:45:01 AM »

Do you have a retirement home near you ? Someone there would probably love the shawls !
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2012, 07:03:46 AM »

I've actually done a lot of knitting since I last posted about it. I made scarves for my friends for Christmas (5 of them!), 2 shawls I don't know what to do with, a whole bunch of dishcloths, and I'm currently thinking about a blanket but that's a lot of work!

Pictures?   Grin  Shawls are a lot of work; you should show them off!
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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2012, 06:18:35 PM »

Wow, that is very Kool!  With it all stretched out like that, I'm seeing a nice weaving project (but then I'm not a knitter....).

I like that idea of the shawls at a retirement home.  Maybe they can stay in a common room for everyone to use.  Or donate them to a favorite charity that has fundraising auctions.
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2012, 07:14:30 AM »

Wow, Ned, this is really neat!  You have my utmost admiration for being able to do stuff like this! I have read that wool blankets and comforters are superb, supposedly really good for women with hot flashes, etc.  I guess its good for maintaining optimal body temperature while sleeping and a host of other things, like helping with pain, etc.  Maybe a blankie would be good to try!  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2012, 11:38:40 AM »

With the colours laid out like that, it could make a beautiful rug....
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« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2012, 01:37:09 PM »

Wow, love those colors! I'll be interested to see what you make too! I've always heard wool is very durable and lasts forever.  A wall hanging is another possible project that can be done with yarns.
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« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2012, 08:34:28 PM »

I made my first hat! It took me a couple of weeks and I redid it 4 times but I finally finished it.



Top view (I haven't woven in the ends yet)



The colors look weird because I took the photo lit with an incandescent bulb - makes the colors orange looking but they're actually purple, pink, red, gray, and mint.
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