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Ceil Posted - 03/20/2014 : 10:59:20 PM
I bought some super-bulky yarn many years ago (with the intent of weaving a rug, but I don't think now that my loom would be able to handle it well), and shortly thereafter the shop closed. I recently got an idea for a knitted vest with this yarn, so I got out my US 17 circ (huge!) and knitted a sample. When I soaked it for blocking, it bled like mad! I'd already made the skeins into balls, but restored them to skeins again to give them a vinegar bath.

I've had this problem with other yarns before, and I thought I'd mention here that, while sometimes the bath didn't work so well, this time it did. The reason? I think it may be because I soaked the yarn in plain water for about two hours before putting it in the vinegar bath (instead of 30 minutes), then I let it simmer in the bath for another two hours, and then let the pot cool completely. When I turned the heat off, there was still a fair amount of dye showing in the water, but when the bath cooled several hours later, most of the color sucked back in. When I rinsed the skeins, they hardly bled at all.

I have some other yarn with a similar bleeding problem and think maybe I will try again and let them soak longer in plain water. Anyway, I'm glad to know there may be a solution to this.

Ceil
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robinstephanie Posted - 03/22/2014 : 12:47:58 PM
Thanks, Ciel. I have some vibrant purple yarn that bleeds really bad. I'll try this with the rest of it. (The part that didn't already bleed all over my project.)

Robinsteph

Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover

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