View Full Version : Lightening woold yarn

02-08-2011, 11:21 PM
I bought several skeins of Manos Wool Classica for a project that requires a large color variety, but because of the cost per skein I only got four. I was wondering if it would be possible to possibly lightly bleach half of each skein to make it a slightly different tone/shade to add variety to my project.

It's 100% wool, single ply, variegated colors.

Any help would be very appreciated!

*That would be WOOL yarn, not WOOLD :)

02-08-2011, 11:25 PM
I don't think bleach would be a good idea. Could you overdye half of it for a slightly darker, different shade?

02-08-2011, 11:27 PM
Dying it darker would make the whole project too dark when it's complete, I suspect. Do you think the bleach would damage the wool?

02-08-2011, 11:30 PM
Yes, I should have said that in my other post - bleach can weaken the fibers, and also, you may not be able to control the coloration and end up with a blobby mess.

02-08-2011, 11:39 PM
Hmm, I did some further research and the "recommended" bleaching agent for wool (hair) is Hydrogen Peroxide. I guess I'll give it a try with the scraps I kept when I caked the skeins (yay for not throwing those away) and see how it turns out. Worst comes to worst I leave the yarn as it is or shell out another $15 for another skein :)

02-09-2011, 11:01 AM
Ahh, there's an idea. I use peroxide to put sun streaks in my hair.

02-10-2011, 05:09 PM
Well, it soaked in a mix of H202 and water (1:4) with a bit of laundry soap for 24 hours and... nothing!
I did some more science and threw in some baking soda, vinegar and rubbing alcohol?? We'll see if anything changed by the time I get home from work.

02-10-2011, 07:14 PM
I'm cringing at the combination of vinegar and alcohol... Hope it's not going to be messed up.

Ohhhh, with using peroxide to bleach hair, it helps to be out in the sun, but your head gives off heat so maybe that's why it didn't change if you didn't heat it gently. But on thinking about it, it's been dyed and the dye was set, so it may not work the same.

02-10-2011, 09:00 PM
Yeah, typically with bought yarn, the dye is set. Unless it's a color known to bleed (like red) you might not have very much luck. :s

02-11-2011, 07:00 PM
Well, some of the dye definitely came out of the yarn (the water was greenish). I rinse the yarn and laid it out to try and will compare with the original yarn when it's dry.
It did get a little more "fluffy" than usual, but it's a one-ply wool so I'm not too surprised. If I decided to do it with anything other than scraps I would be more careful, too.