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wishfulthinking 05-05-2008 12:51 PM

How badly does Sugar & Creme fade?
Hi all! Just knitted my first dish cloths using Sugar & Creme cotton and they will be gifts for my Mom. Do I need to wash them before I give them to her? I understand that the yarn will fade & I don't want to give her something that will run all over the rest of the wash! Thanks.

katknit 05-05-2008 01:32 PM

My cloths fade a little during the first wash and then it stops. Never have had them run, but I wouldn't wash a dark cloth in a lighter load of laundry, just in case.

newamy 05-05-2008 01:33 PM

The colors do fade a bit but they won't run to the point of coloring a load of wash. To slow the fading soak all the dish cloths in 50% white vinegar and 50% water for about 15-20 minutes. The vinegar will set the dye. Then wash in cold and dry. They will look nice and pretty and ready for gifting. If your mom uses them as dish cloths they will of course fade and look worn over time but the vinegar soak helps them look brighter a bit longer.

Jan in CA 05-05-2008 02:00 PM

I didn't notice any running, but S&C does fade and stain something awful. My dishcloths look like crap now. I still use them though because they work just as well. :thumbsup:

wishfulthinking 05-05-2008 02:34 PM

Thank you all for your quick replies. I can get 'em washed, dried & in the mail in time for Mother's Day!

suzeeq 05-05-2008 03:07 PM

Only the dark colors fade and not that much, they were just a little more muted than before which was fine with me.

Yarnlady 05-06-2008 08:27 AM


Originally Posted by newamy (Post 1104319)
To slow the fading soak all the dish cloths in 50% white vinegar and 50% water for about 15-20 minutes. The vinegar will set the dye.

Vinegar does not set dye in non-protein fibers such as cotton. Vinegar sets dyes in protein fibers such as wool, silk, animal fur, human hair, and for some odd reason, nylon.

To keep from having to wash them as often, put them wet into a microwave for 30 seconds. That will kill all the bacterial and keep them fresh. They will still stain but, hey, they are working cloths. And boy do they work, and work, and work, regardless of what they look like.

When it gets too much to deal with, soak in a mild bleach solution. Yes, this will fade the color even more, but it also helps remove many of the stains.

Jaxhil 05-06-2008 09:55 AM

I find that the dark colors do *not* fade as much as the lighter colors-they still fade, yes, but they have that homey, warm and "loved" look more than the light colors which I find end upa nasty grayish version of their original selves :shrug:

Just my 2 cents :p

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