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Olga
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Posted - 11/03/2004 :  02:37:07 AM  Show Profile Send Olga a Private Message
I was just wondering if anyone knows whether or not Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece yarn bleeds in the wash?

Thanks

RoseByAny
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Posted - 11/03/2004 :  05:40:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
It *shouldn't* but if you're concerned, wash the item with a little vinegar before you wash it with anything else. The vinegar will set the dye.

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rpmini
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Posted - 11/03/2004 :  06:52:10 AM  Show Profile Send rpmini a Private Message
It depends on the color. I knit a baseball-style jacket in bright yellow and fuschia - even with a vinegar rinse the fuschia bled on to the yellow.
On the other hand - I have used a dark teal which did not bleed.

If you are combining colors - swatch and wash.

I have also found that machine washing is not good for this yarn. Beware.
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ChristinaP
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Posted - 11/03/2004 :  10:44:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit ChristinaP's Homepage Send ChristinaP a Private Message
I did a sweater out of a kind of coral color. It didn't bleed -- but I've been handwashing it in cold with a vinegar rinse.

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Kelly B
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Posted - 11/03/2004 :  11:21:50 AM  Show Profile Send Kelly B a Private Message
If the yarn choice is still up in the air, I made a swatch, then a hat, from the Debbie Bliss wool cotton in red. It knit up very nicely. It bled a little in a lukewarm hand wash, but it stayed to gauge and looked great after one machine wash and dry. Don't know yet about wear, as it hasn't been cold enough (until now). I think the gauge is smaller than the Brown Sheep yarn, though.
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Lissa
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Posted - 11/03/2004 :  11:44:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
I've seen lots of complaints about the red bleeding. I'd buy a skein, knit a swatch, and wash it in very warm water to test it.

Lissa

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theknottysheep
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Posted - 11/03/2004 :  12:24:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit theknottysheep's Homepage Send theknottysheep a Private Message
You might want to try to light rinse with Synthrapol. It suspends excess dye particles so they wash away.

I use it in dyEing.

Good luck!
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knit_chick
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Posted - 11/03/2004 :  12:46:43 PM  Show Profile Send knit_chick a Private Message
I washed a Victorian Rose swatch & from what I can tell, it didn't bleed. However, Victorian Rose is a lighter color.


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Lissa
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Posted - 11/03/2004 :  1:51:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
What I've read most is about using red and white or yellow in the same garment, and the red bleeding onto the lighter color. The synthropol suggestion is a good one - I'd try that first.

Lissa

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Olga
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Posted - 11/03/2004 :  2:24:24 PM  Show Profile Send Olga a Private Message
Ok, I made a small swatch with a darkish (but not dark) fusia/red color. Also a little one out of an off white color (same yarn). The red bled very slightly, but did not affect the white one at all (I put them in the same water bath, even rubbed them together for a while). I'll still compare the white one to the skein when it is dry just to be sure. Thanks for the help everyone.
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