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SerMom
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Posted - 04/30/2005 :  9:50:25 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
I recently purchased some laceweight yarn from handpaintedyarn.com, and I found that I wanted it even more colourful than it was, so I over-dyed some of it with food colouring. Just the cheap bottled stuff, of which I own 2 colours - red and blue.

The before and after pics can be seen here.

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azknitter
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Posted - 04/30/2005 :  10:37:03 PM  Show Profile Send azknitter a Private Message
Very nice...I'll be expecting 1 lb. each color in the mail some time this week!

Trish
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HomeJewel
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Posted - 04/30/2005 :  10:43:24 PM  Show Profile Send HomeJewel a Private Message
You're talking about the food coloring that you use to color icing/frosting?

It's beautiful! I prefer your colors much more than the original!

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lemons
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Posted - 05/01/2005 :  04:52:32 AM  Show Profile Send lemons a Private Message
Good job, girlfriend!

lemons of missouri
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watusiebabe
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Posted - 05/01/2005 :  05:24:58 AM  Show Profile Send watusiebabe a Private Message
Beautiful,Like Trish,I would like a pound of each color also.
I must learn how to dye or over dye as you have done.



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SerMom
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Posted - 05/01/2005 :  08:08:06 AM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
But I don't [b]have[/b[ a pound of each!

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azknitter
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Posted - 05/01/2005 :  08:57:00 AM  Show Profile Send azknitter a Private Message
Well then get to work! (you can't hear it, but I just cracked my whip)

In the mean time...I'll take whatever you've got!!!

Trish

(it really is nice stuff)
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myshelle10
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Posted - 05/01/2005 :  11:12:58 AM  Show Profile Send myshelle10 a Private Message
Barbara-- your over-dye job is gorgeous! :)

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JustJackie
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Posted - 05/01/2005 :  11:44:40 AM  Show Profile Send JustJackie a Private Message
Barara, Your colors are beautiful I like them more than the orginial too. I have to learn to dye & dye over
Jackie in California
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SerMom
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Posted - 05/01/2005 :  1:24:03 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
Jackie, it truly is easy. It takes a certain level of fearlessness far more than skill. Start with cheap stuff that you don't care that much about, and start playing.

It makes it so much easier to buy stuff on sale, if you don't have to find the perfect colour. If all else fails, I get off-white. However, food colouring only works on protein fibres - wool, mohair, alpaca, etc. Not on cottom or acrylic.

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SerMom
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Posted - 05/01/2005 :  1:32:06 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by AZKNITTER

Well then get to work! (you can't hear it, but I just cracked my whip)

In the mean time...I'll take whatever you've got!!!

Trish

(it really is nice stuff)

Well, you're outta luck, what I've got is already spoken. However, if you want to order some of your own, and have it sent to me, I'd be happy to play with colours for you. And I promise I'll send it on to yuu . . most of it . . . eventually.

Thanky you all for the compliments. I still think it's funny that the only complaint I've ever read about them is that there's too much variance in the colours, and I didn't think there was enough.

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Janice Alline
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  6:49:50 PM  Show Profile Send Janice Alline a Private Message
I LIKE what you did! Your after photos are MUCH better than the before.I would be disappointed, too, if that's what I got. Again, you are brave. Do you have any of those brave pills you can send me??

Jan in Lawrence, KS
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celia
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  6:53:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit celia's Homepage Send celia a Private Message
Very nice!


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HoJo
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  9:40:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit HoJo's Homepage Send HoJo a Private Message
Barbara:

They look terrific, I especially like the pink/blue yarn. What technique do you use with food coloring? Do you need to heat or dilute? I know of kool aid, but didn't know about food coloring.


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SerMom
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  10:43:36 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
Hollis, I use exactly the same technique for FC as for KA, except that I"m more careful about adding vinegar, since FC has no citric acid.

I use the microwave method. As for diluting, that depends on how strong yo want the colour. The stuff in the bottle is already diluted. Of course, you can always add more colour, although I find that I'm rinsing a lot out - have you noticed that I like colour?

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