Saturday, 20 October 2012

The Bleeding Shawl

The final stitch was bind off, the four ends was wowed in. I filled cold water and Soak into the basin - and loaded my shawl into it. At the same time the colors started bleeding. All dark colors like red and brown started to run over the white stripes.

I pulled it out fast and realized that the yarn Drops Delight looks great before washing. And that a lot of hours had gone into a shawl I had no idea what to do with.

As I managed to get it out of the water in an instant most of the white stripes are still somewhat white. In some places they look dirty and that annoys me.

I started experimenting with vinegar, cold and warm water and other detergents. Nothing helped - the bleeding continued.

Well, this was not the worst thing. My scarf Wool For A Star is knitted with the same yarn but in another color way.

I knitted a swatch and dipped it into cold water. Same thing happend. All colors started to run into the water.

That scarf took me forever to knit and I love it. In addition I really started to regret using that terrible yarn.

A friend told me about some cloth called color catcher and advised me to put the scarf in the washer with the cloths.

Saved with Color Catcher.
I was terrified - this was either hours thrown into nothing or keeping my scarf. So I washed it - and the colors were running like mad. But when the machine stopped I saw the cloths had picked up a lot of the colors and the scarf was saved.

I was so relieved - I can see the bleeding on some of the white. But not enough to destroy the work I have done.

The shawl is really not in my colors and were just some mindless knitting. But still, yarn are not supposed to bleed no matter what.

As a comfort I started a new shawl from the same pattern in Noro Silk Garden Sock from my stash and Panda. I love the pattern - totally mindless but fun to knit and Noro makes it shine. I hope it is not bleeding....

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Drops Delight (bleeding nightmare), Pt2 Panda
Needles: 2.5mm
PatternJosephine Shawl (free)
My Ravelry PageStripe By Stripe
Wrong side of the shawl -  the bleeding is not easy to see...

28 comments:

  1. the scarf is beautiful! i am sorry about so much extra work with the running color... so glad your friend told you about the color catchers...
    have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. O dear.... such a beautiful scarf!!! Some Drops yarn is indeed terrible... (You inspired me with the Rauma yarns, so yesterday I ordered my first skeins of Pt2 in a Norwegian webshop... I cannot wait until I get it to try it out, so I ordered 20 skeins in different colors at once :) )
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Thank you Vicarno!!! You are so right!! How fun that you are trying out Pt2. I am sure you are going to love it!!! Hope you will blog about it!!! Have a great weekend!!

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  3. Noterer meg bak øret at det finnes kluter som fanger farger, jeg ante ikke før dine eksperimenter at det fantes slike geniale oppfinnelser!
    Ha en fin lørdagskveld. Her strikkes det:-)

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    1. Tusen takk Judith. Skal helt klart bruke dem igjen!!! Ha en fin helg - det strikkes her også!! Herlig!!

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  4. Neeeei! Så kjedelig! Og flott at du forteller om det, det er greit å vite hvilke garn man bør vaske sammen med fargefangere feks.

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    1. Takk for det Merete - ja, vi må dele gleder og sorger innen ull og tull!!!!

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  5. Åååå neii, så mye jobb og så farger garnet av i vask!! Godt at du fikk berget mesteparten av sjalet etterhvert! På bildet ser sjalet veldig fint ut- klarer ikke å se at det gikk skeis i vasken! God helg og trøsteklem til deg!

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    1. Tusen takk Britt - det hjalp!!!! God helg til deg også!!!

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  6. How awful to put so much work into a project only to have the colors run! I am glad you were able to save the other beautiful scarf using the color catchers. I have heard of these, but have not had a need to try using them. Good to know they somewhat work. Thank you for your sweet comments on my scarves! Have a beautiful weekend!

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  7. Det var da for gæli! Har vært på strikkekafe i dag og der diskuterte vi Drops-garn - lav pris og lav kvalitet henger dessverre ofte sammen. MEN - det ser jo ut til at du fikk livreddet sjalet ditt sånn noenlunde - skaden syns ikke på bildene. Og det er jo utrolig fint da!
    Ha en riktig fin søndag!

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    1. Takk for det Anne - ja, du har så rett. Billig garn kan være noe møkk!!!!! De klutene gjorde underverker, men garnet skal nok ikke brukes på samme måte igjen!! Alt for dårlig kvalitet!!!

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  8. Oh my goodness!! That must have felt terrible in your heart! So glad everything turned out ok for you! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Mary - yes, it was bad. But I learned a lot: Never buy the yarn again, use color catcher and find a better quality yarn...

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  9. Oh no, how terrible!! Colour catchers have saved a lot of quilts around the world too!

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    1. Thank you Nina Lise - I know a lot of quilters use this and have great success with it!!!

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  10. Så utrolig kjedelig! Takk forresten for advarselen mot dette garnet. Det skulle jo nesten ikke gå an. Ellers har jeg hørt at litt eddik i vannet kan holde på fargene, men det høres det jo ut som om du allerede har forsøkt til liten nytte.

    Sjalet ble nydelig så jeg forstår at du gjerne vil beholde de rene stripene i mønsteret. Krysser fingere for at garnet har "blødd" seg ferdig.

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    1. Takk skal du ha Helle - ja og etter flere ganger i vasken ser man også at dette garnet har lav kvalitet!!

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  11. My friend, I am sorry for everything you went through! I am happy the color catchers helped ;o) To me, the shawl is stunning! Big Hugs ;o)

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  12. Huff og huff! Jeg prøvevasker ofte prøvelapper, tror jeg skal fortsette med det :-)

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    1. God idé Gitte. Men det er jo så kedeligt.....

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  13. Øv bøv buh, det er jo i hvert fald slet ikke meningen. Jeg har hørt om de der colourcatchers før. Jeg tror, jeg må investere i nogle så sådanne ulykker kan afværges (eller i det mindste reduceres).
    Det er nu ellers pænt, sjalet :)

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    1. Tak for det Karen. Ja, de fungerer jo faktisk godt. Heldigvis!!!

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  14. Hei! Delight- garnet er superwash. Kanskje resultatet hadde blitt bedre ved maskinvask?

    Flott blogg, forresten, har ikke sett den før nå

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    1. Tusen takk andemona - og velkommen til mitt lille hjørne i bloggland. Har prøvd maskinvask også - like ille. Og det gjaldt også andre farger i samme garn... Men takk for rådet!!

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