Monday, June 4, 2007

Dye "fastness"?

Hi everyone!

I finally got around to blocking my May squares (ok, so it's June already, but they were on the blocking board by 5/31) and as I was putting them in water I noticed that a bit of the orange dye bled out. Has anyone else had this issue? I'm trying to decide what, if anything, I want to do here (vinegar soak, put in microwave) but I'd first love to know if I'm the only one that had this issue.

I'd also love to know if this is limited to the orange wool or if the other colors also are susceptible to bleeding.

Regardless - this wool was quite nice to work with. But - my dimpled delight isn't very "dimpled"! :-)




Debby said...

If you have some bleeding, just rinse until the water is clear and that will take care of it. Some of the darker colors tend to bleed the first time you put them in water and then they are fine from there.

Show us your squares. Post pictures, we would love to see them.

blopeep said...

I'll post some pictures later tonight after I get home from work. Thanks for the thought on the dye - generally rinsing does the job, I was just a bit concerned since this was all "organic" that perhaps the dye wasn't as fast as others!

Aknita said...

I used the ~O~ wool to knit a Sharfik scarf last year, it was a lovely chocolate colour. The colour bled when I blocked it, but not to the detriment of the scarf. All it did was add to the stitch definition.