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Jan in CA
09-18-2008, 06:55 PM
These were easy and fun. I still need buttons, but otherwise they are done. I made the stars and flowers with a bleach pen. This yarn is Den-M-Nit from Elann (http://www.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=elann.com+Den-M-Nit+Pure+Indigo+Cotton&Cat=&ProductType=5&Count=1) and since it naturally bleaches out when washed it took the bleach pen very well! That was fun, but a little scary. :teehee: There are french knots on the center of the flower.
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This peach one was done with Bernat Cot'n Corn (http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=cotncorn) in nectarine. It's really soft, but it's pretty splitty to work with.

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scout52
09-18-2008, 08:17 PM
Oh those are so cute!! what a great idea to use a bleach pen!!

evona
09-18-2008, 08:17 PM
Those are so cute! What a cute idea about the bleach pen!

auburnchick
09-18-2008, 08:43 PM
Those are adorable!

sue in canada
09-18-2008, 10:05 PM
Very cute. Love the bleach pen idea.

Jan in CA
09-18-2008, 10:24 PM
Thank you!

The idea wasn't mine totally. I saw a bib that someone on Rav had bleached stars on (different than mine) and it scared me even more to think about using liquid bleach! :shock: So I remembered the bleach pens and tried it and it worked!

GirlChris
09-18-2008, 11:48 PM
what a great idea. They are all really sweet.

ritaw
09-19-2008, 02:44 AM
Jan , They are so adorable ! I love them . A mother can never have enough bibs :)

ArtLady1981
09-19-2008, 03:27 AM
I love this style of bib better than any other bib pattern I've ever seen! These are exceptionally well done!

Question regarding the use of the bleach pen: when these bibs are washed...with the bleach bleed over into the colored areas? Will the edges of the bleached designs retain a crisp outline?

I've never heard of bleach pens for knitting design application! Cool idea!

Debkcs
09-19-2008, 04:53 AM
Those are the cutest bibs I've ever seen, and that includes the ones I've made. Love the idea of using the bleach pen, especially as I hadn't a clue there was such a thing. Did you get it from Michaels or Hobby Lobby? Great idea!

GinnyG
09-19-2008, 05:30 AM
I love them!!!!!!!!!!!!:heart:

Mystery_Gyrl
09-19-2008, 07:07 AM
Those are really cool bibs, Jan. The blue ones remind me of blue sunprints. :)
Katrina

Slim
09-19-2008, 07:11 AM
These are cutest bibs I've ever seen! I love them. Did you use a pattern? What a clever idea about the bleach.

Jan in CA
09-19-2008, 01:29 PM
Thanks everyone!

Answers -

You can buy the Clorox Bleach Pen (http://www.clorox.com/products/overview.php?prod_id=bp) at grocery and other stores. Probably most places that would sell bleach since it's marketed for things like grout or small stains. I got mine at Target. It's in gel form with one end being a pointy tip the other is a brushy tip.

I used a 'template' for the stars, but did the flowers free hand then filled them in. I used only the pointy tip. If you don't want bleed through don't lay it on too thick and it'll only bleach the top strands.

When the design was white I held them flat under running water to rinse the bleach out of the design areas. I then used Woolite and washed them out well. The star one I then tossed in the washer with some other dark clothes like jeans then threw it in the dryer. The flower one was just squeezed out and tossed in the dryer with some dark towels. I didn't have any problems with the other laundry or areas on the bibs probably because I rinsed them before hand.

Note: the yarn is supposed to fade like jeans so always wash with dark or similar colors. I worried a bit about the navy blue one so washed it by hand and I was not disappointed. The water was really, really blue! Just a heads up to be careful. ;) In addition, since the yarn naturally fades the contrast with the bleach areas will probably become less contrasty, but that's okay IMO. It'll just be well loved.

InterNette
09-19-2008, 01:34 PM
Very cute, very clever. I really like these bibs, they look soft and comfy for the little ones. Great job.

ArtLady1981
09-19-2008, 04:17 PM
Again, I JUST LOVE THESE BIBS! And thanks so much, Jan, for the technical information about the bleach pens and how to successfully use them on colors!

Jan in CA
09-19-2008, 05:51 PM
Again, I JUST LOVE THESE BIBS! And thanks so much, Jan, for the technical information about the bleach pens and how to successfully use them on colors!

Thanks! I love the simplicity of them. Do test the fabric first. Not all yarns bleach like these do.

HollyP
09-20-2008, 09:49 AM
Jan, I love them! They are the cutest bibs ever!! The bleach pen is a great idea.

mks22300
09-21-2008, 01:06 AM
Those are so cute and I love what you did with the bleach pen!

twoxover
09-21-2008, 07:16 PM
what a cool idea to use a bleach pen! i really really like the bibs...i have an acquaintance who is pregnant....not enough of a friend to make a quilt for, but these bibs would be perfect!

betsey

Knit4Fun
09-21-2008, 07:31 PM
Very cute...I love them! :cheering:

anniep
09-21-2008, 08:22 PM
They're great!

Jan in CA
09-21-2008, 10:18 PM
what a cool idea to use a bleach pen! i really really like the bibs...i have an acquaintance who is pregnant....not enough of a friend to make a quilt for, but these bibs would be perfect!

betsey

If you don't have the book and don't want to buy it check the library. That's what I did then I made a copy of the pattern.:thumbsup:

Tropicflower24
09-22-2008, 10:43 AM
Oh Jan, those are too cute!!!

PurlyGyrl
09-22-2008, 03:30 PM
Dang, those are so cute!:inlove: What a great idea to use the bleach pen to do your design. I've seen others use a bleach but it was just to make stripes.

Dimpledapple
09-22-2008, 09:04 PM
Love the bibs! I'll have to try to make one, although I must confess that the idea of bleach near any kind of colored fiber makes me a little anxious...

bambi
09-22-2008, 10:14 PM
Those bibs are darling!!

Bambi

MerigoldinWA
09-23-2008, 02:57 PM
Cute Jan! Those are nice practical looking bibs, a nice size and with good coverage. That was brave of you to try the bleach pen on your beautiful bib. I would have been afraid that it would 'wick' on the edges messing up the designs, (I noticed you were too) but it worked very well. Congratulations on these.

dustinac
09-24-2008, 08:25 PM
:inlove: how cute! Great job