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reelgrrrl
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Posted - 02/25/2003 :  9:15:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit reelgrrrl's Homepage Send reelgrrrl a Private Message
Ok, so I have two very slightly different shades of Patons Cotton Top. Its 100% cotton. The two skeins are ALMOST the same beige color but not QUTE. If you put strands next to each other you can just tell theyre different (of course I WAS looking at them harder than the average person would in passing so I doubt most people would be able to tell.). My question is, would it be possible to dye them so they turn the exact same color? I also have a skein of white. Could that be dyed the same color or would that just be too hard (I suspect it would)
Thanks in advance!
-Susan

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Phaedra28
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Posted - 02/25/2003 :  11:25:37 PM  Show Profile Send Phaedra28 a Private Message
Hm... Depends on a lot of factors, but the color you're trying to dye these yarns is probably the key. If you were trying to dye them all the same, vivid, darkish color, you'd probably get the same vivid, darkish color in all of them. If you're going for a more muted color, or very light, it's more likely you'd get different shades. That's my guess, anyway. And since hand dying often results in slightly streaky colors, it's likely that your yarns will not be identical in color.

Try it anyway, though. You may get that perfect match, and if you don't, you can fake it! What I do when I have close-enough-for-government-work results is knit one or two rows with one skein, then switch to the next and knit another couple of rows. That way, there's not a distinct line where the color changes.

Good luck!

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Rebecca
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Posted - 02/26/2003 :  05:44:58 AM  Show Profile Send Rebecca a Private Message
From my experience with cotton, I think the white skein will turn out lighter than the other two that are similar in color. Cotton does not take up the dye very well. You may want to do multiple dye baths for a uniform color, or try handpainting all of them in 2 or 3 colors. When you knit the yarn switch back and forth between skeins to blend the colors.

Rebecca

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