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The yarn for my next knitting project came in the mail today. It’s taunting me because I still have to finish my Alice sweater. It’s due next Monday and I only have 1/4 of the second sleeve done. There is something about deadline knitting that makes me lose all interest in a project. I really just want to play with the new stuff.

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It’s alright that I can’t dive right into it in this case. I’ve read that this yarn bleeds badly so I need to unwind the red into hanks and give it a wash to get out some of the excess dye. I’ve had decent luck doing this with Cascade 220. It is a sort of obnoxious step, but it is worth it to prevent bleeding when I have a red and white combo.

10 Comments

  • I’d recommend that as well as your pre-rinsing of the red yarn that you get yourself some colour catcher sheets. They sell them in Wilkinsons in town and aren’t expensive.

    You can use them in the machine or when hand-washing – just pop one in along with the items you are washing, into the water, and any loose dye will ‘stick’ to it, rather than to the white yarn.

    I love Rowan Pure Wool, but the red is notorious for letting loose with its dye.

    • The sweater I’m currently working on is for an assignment for one of my university courses. We have to adapt a novel and we can use whatever medium we want and I went with knitting.

  • There’s nothing like new, pretty yarn to light a fire under a current WIP. And I’m really, really looking forward to seeing the Alice sweater ๐Ÿ˜€

  • a. the flowers in the vase are gorgeous but they’re killing me with promises of spring! it’s still way cold here.
    b. those colors are great! Suddenly I find myself wanting to make a red & white sweater! (maybe nautical stripes or red flowers on white)

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