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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 11/04/2006 :  10:56:15 PM  Show Profile Send SunnySideUp a Private Message
I've been knitting for about a year and have just come across Henry's Attic yarns, which seem really nice, but need to be dyed. I've never dyed yarn before--how do I start learning? Specifically, I am currently interested in dyeing the Andromeda (50% silk, 50% wool) and the Kona Superwash Fingering (100% merino wool).

Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 11/05/2006 :  07:11:53 AM  Show Profile Send KromGal a Private Message
You could start right here and do a search for dye tutorials, then progress to Google and do the same thing. The internet is full of information. There are also many great books that deal with dyeing: Deb Menz's "Color in Spinning" is the bible. Elaine Eskesen's "Dyeing to Knit" has a great section on dyeing with acid dyes and you can even buy a starter kit from her. There is a book called "Knits to Dye For" that explains how to do self-striping and patterning yarns. The Ashford dyeing book is another good one. A word of warning: if you are using anything but Kool Aid, you must follow some pretty strict safety rules. Avoid using your kitchen (you can dye in a dedicated crock pot), NEVER use dye equipment for food preparation, use a respirator and gloves when handling dye powder, just to name a few. You can get this information from the books mentioned, plus others, and from the ProChem dye website where you can also order one brand of good dyes.
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