Tuesday, December 27, 2005

damaged goods send them back i can't work i can't achieve

Has anyone else ever experienced the effects of kniting with Blue Sky Worsted and having it dye your hands? I have black dye all over my hands, it isn't coming off with soap. It's not like I was sweating when I was knitting here. And it's dyed black where I carry the yarn in my right hand. I look like I've been reading The Wall Street Journal.

Just wondering if I'm the only one.

When I send these fingerless mitts to my brother's girlfriend, will they dye her hands black? Is there a way to prevent this?


Blogger crazycatladymel said...

Hopefully a real expert will come along.

I don't think it's hopeless. As annoying as it is, it's probably good that the dye came off on your hand so you could do something about it before they dyed her hands black all over!

I would: Fill a sink with tepid water and soak them for a little, to see if anything comes off in the water. If so, keep soaking/rinsing until the water is clear, and add a tablespoon of vinegar to the last soak. (The truth is, though, that different products set different dyes. I know I had to use cream of tartar in the wash with some silk fabric I bought once.)

I'd also wash them with some Eucalan or gentle dish soap at the last and then block/dry.

Hopefully, you're not all getting together tonight.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the same thing happen but not with every skein. I had no problem with the sweater leaving behind the dye. I didn't soak it. I've worn a white shirt under it with no problem.

I spoke with Linda at BSA and this has happened with just a few of the black skeins. We had one other person besides me return the yarn and she replaced it without a problem.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Zen Wizard said...

I was going to say, "Rub it on your face and join a minstrel show," but that would have been just plain WRONG.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Imbrium said...

I don't know about yarn, but I've had similar things happen with a couple of pairs of jeans...nothing like getting to the end of the day and looking like someone has beat your legs black and blue.

I would think that crazycatladymel's suggestion would be your best bet...the excess dye should come off in the wash.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Zardra said...

I have a pair of bamboo needles that were dyed green by some Cascade 220.

A soak with some vinegar added is supposed to help set color.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Zardra said...

I forgot... the question of lemon juice versus vinegar... The Husband seems to think that lemon juice isn't as acidic as vinegar (he knows more about food stuff than I), and it's the acid that's important.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a hippie wool sweater that bled on my neck so I looked like a drowned sailor with a ring of azure and emerald. I just gave it away and didn't say anything.

8:57 PM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

am i the only one who thinks it's fitting that itgirl be dyed BLACK? i agree, try soaking with vinegar, better to smell like a salad or apickle, than be black

9:34 PM  

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