Can I Dye Yarn Gray with Food Coloring?

Did you know it’s hard to dye yarn gray with food coloring? Like, really hard?
See, there’s no true black food coloring. It’s made up of other food coloring dyes. Typically you end up with a really dark purple. Or a purple-leaning “black”. Or the colors break and you get different colored sections.
If you want to test that last one out for yourself, dip a bit of paper towel in some black food coloring and watch how the colors spread. Pretty cool, huh?
I’ve gotten true black on yarn with food coloring before, but it took a long time and a lot of work doing color correcting. It turns out gray is just as hard, if not harder, for the same reason.
On today’s episode of Adventures with Andi, we’re experimenting with three different methods to dye yarn gray with food coloring:
1) A dilute black mixture
2) Dyeing a light purple mix, then overdyeing that with yellow
3) Mixing a gray from red, yellow, and blue food coloring
Which method do you think will be most successful? Or do you think they’ll all fail? You’ll have to watch to find out!
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