Help! Have I bought the wrong wool to use with food dyes??

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Help! Have I bought the wrong wool to use with food dyes??

Postby liscoole » Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:48 pm

Hi

Since I could never find the "perfect" colour of sock yarn, I decided to be brave and try and dye my own!

So I just bought 100g of Trekking undyed sock wool- blend of 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon.

It was only AFTER Id done this that i read the knitty article which says that food dyes will only dye natural fibres- ie not nylon!!

I dont really fancy trying anything else other than food colouring...will it still work??

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Re: Help! Have I bought the wrong wool to use with food dyes??

Postby phantomknitter » Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:10 pm

I'm by no means experienced at dyeing but as far as I know, the rule is that the result will just be paler. You still have 75% wool there to grab pigment. You could snip off a yard or two and have a play...
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Re: Help! Have I bought the wrong wool to use with food dyes??

Postby liscoole » Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:17 pm

oh Thanks Phantom......i thought that, but then had my doubts and then I thought well if it didnt work with food dyes they would surely say that...

ooh, getting all nervous now about how to do it!!!

thanks again

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Re: Help! Have I bought the wrong wool to use with food dyes??

Postby Nevisknitter » Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:08 pm

I dyed trekking with kool aid and got really bright colours so it should work fine. The food colouring will give a paler colour anyway as it will be quite dilute compared to normal dye solutions.

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Re: Help! Have I bought the wrong wool to use with food dyes??

Postby Fluzz » Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:18 pm

liscoole wrote:oh Thanks Phantom......i thought that, but then had my doubts and then I thought well if it didnt work with food dyes they would surely say that...

ooh, getting all nervous now about how to do it!!!

thanks again

Lis



If there's anything about soaking the wool in a bath then might I suggest leaving it overnight? You want it properly WET, every single fibre needs to be full of water. Give it a good squish when you take it out to dye as the water you squeeze out = the dye solution the wool will take up. But DO NOT wring it or you risk a slight felt :)
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Re: Help! Have I bought the wrong wool to use with food dyes??

Postby liscoole » Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:10 pm

Thank you Nevis and Fluzz... I am going to use the liquid food dyes that my mum has left over from her cake making days... would this be done in the same way as if I were using Kool aid?

ETA: Just looked at the sell by date on some of the dyes...use by 2002? Im not going to eat any ofthem so are they still safe to use?

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Re: Help! Have I bought the wrong wool to use with food dyes??

Postby Woolygreyhound » Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:28 pm

I am no expert - but if you are using food colourings that contain no citric acid (which kool aid is full of) you need to make your dye bath acid. You can buy citric acid but I just use white vinegar, I am sure there is a formular but for 100gms of wool I just add about 1/4 of a mug. You will also need to heat the dye bath to "set" the colour.

I don't think the fact the colourings are out of date will matter.

If you want to use something natural, I find fruit gives really good subtle colours.
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Re: Help! Have I bought the wrong wool to use with food dyes??

Postby liscoole » Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:39 pm

oh thank you... never thought of using fruit what an interesting idea!

I have my vinegar, colours etc ready...just waiting for the yarn to arrive now!

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