The Dye Runneth Over

I like to recycle things, and recycling yarn is really great.

A friend gave me a partially completed sweater that didn’t have the pattern. The cotton wasn’t very nice, especially for a garment, so I threw away the unfinished pieces (yes, I regret that now that I know you can re-condition yarn), and kept the rest.

The yarn made an appearance on the blog when I used it to learn the basket weave pattern for the Hanami stole. So I decided to knit another side and make it into a market bag.

Cute, huh?

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All went well ’til the blocking, when this seemingly undyed cotton showed that the dye had not set at all. Really. The dye kept coming out. I tried adding vinegar, but it didn’t really help all that much. You can see the dye running on the handle.

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I am glad that this won’t need to be washed very often!

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3 thoughts on “The Dye Runneth Over

  1. How ’bout, keep washing till all the dye is gone? I did that with a sweater once, and succeeded in getting it to come out evenly colored in the end. Either way, that’s a great way to put that knitting to good use after all.

  2. ah, that is a possibility – I’m not sure that I want to “waste” the water on a project that won’t really need to be washed…so I’ll think about it!

  3. ah, that is a possibility – I’m not sure that I want to “waste” the water on a project that won’t really need to be washed…so I’ll think about it!

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