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Monday, February 05, 2018

A Cautionary Tale

My Ravello is completely finished.  All the ends are woven in and to block it, I tossed it in the wash.  I've used this yarn before (Loopy Ewe Solids Series) and never had any trouble with the colors running, but I've never used red before.  It ran.  All over the Ivory.  This is actually an improvement from what it did look like.  I ended up using Synthropol (it binds to free floating dye molocules) to both directly pretreat the red blotches and in the wash along Color Catchers, and that did get rid of the red blotches, but my Ivory is now a strange pink color.

I'll probably leave it for a few days/weeks before I make any decisions, but at this point I think my choices are to leave it and toss it on over my PJ's in the morning, or I could try to overdye it (I'm thinking a pale blue which would make the red/pink areas more purple and should still work with the gray, but I'm open to suggestions on this).  If I try the overdying and it works, I could have a wearable sweater.  If it doesn't work, I've still got something to toss over my PJ's in the morning.

While I'm obviously not thrilled about what happened, I'm not heartbroken either.  I've learned a new lesson:  Never trust any yarn not to run and always prewash!  I've got yarn for two more Ravello's upstairs and both will be prewashed to eliminate any extra dye!

Lesson learned.



Blogger kayT said...

Ouch. It's been my experience that if any color is going to run it's red. I totally don't trust red. Even if it's been pre-washed, I'm very cautious. I also use color catchers all the time in every wash with anything except white. However, I think using a pale blue to overdye it might make for an interesting outcome, and as you say if it doesn't you're no worse off. Sorry this happened.

I really like your Ravellos and may have to think about making one myself.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Robby H. said...

Bummer. Red dye is just the worst in all kinds of fiber, including fabric. If you think you might like the over dyed version, then go for it, you've still got a functional sweater either way, albeit not the pretty planned one. Kudos for planning to just give it a little time out while you think about it, too.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

What a shame. I had a similar (almost) experience. At Christmas I was knitting my grandaughter a pair of socks that were black and white. I noticed my fingers were getting rather black as I was knitting them. I soaked them in vinegar & water before blocking them out and it seemed to help. I wonder if that would have helped with your sweater. It is still beautiful!!

12:46 PM  

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