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I have been having a blast dying wool yarn with the instructions from several earlier posts....but I am having trouble getting really vivid colors....

I am using anywhere from 2-4 packets per 1/2 - 1 cup of a water/vinegar mixture.

I am wetting the yarn first in a water/vinegar mixture.

I am using the cooking and cooling microwave technique.

Any suggestions?

I love the pastel colors I am getting - but I really want some BRIGHT colors next batch....
 

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You are definately using enough KA to be getting brighter colors. Are you squeezing the water out before you put the KA on it? I suspect that you are not so the extra water is making the dyes pastel instead of bright. The only color you may have trouble making bright enough is yellow. I put food coloring in with it to make it brighter. If you don't it will be a baby pastel yellow.

If you are squeezing the water out? I am
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I get bright colors by using 2 packets of KA in very little water (like 1/4 cup), so reducing the amount of water will brighten the colors up noticeably (or, as Pam said, by using more KA).

The other factor I've found in brightness is how much water is in the wool before you die it. If you squeeze some of the excess water/vinegar out of the yarn before dying, the colors will be brighter too.

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I thought it would be a much bigger PITA to do the stove top, but it is actually easier IMO. And you can get a brighter color, if you want it brighter, soak it longer, and when the water is clear it is out of dye and won't get any darker. I agree with the poster you need to add more koolaid, but if your using 2-4 packets per 1/2-1 cup of water that should be enough, DEPENDING on how much water your using. I used to use 3-5 cups depending on what colors I was using when doing the microwave method. Now for the stove top, it doesn't matter how much water, just how much KA per Oz of yarn your dying if that makes sense?

Also make sure you squeeze all the water you can out of the yarn before putting it in the dye (or the dye on it, as the case may be) ~ Hope this helps!
 

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I have wanted more vivid colors too. The last batch of wool I dyed was small (one or two ounces) I used dry wool and dipped in a big pyrex measuring cup with KA, water, and vinger. I accidently forgot to soak and get the wool wet beforehand. It ended up being the coolest batch. I used orange and lemonaid and made it varigated with orange on one end, natural wool in the middle, yellow on the other end.
 
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