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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.

(Ravelry: ceilr)
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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.)


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