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Old 04-09-2009, 07:33 PM   #1
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Should I prewash red sock yarn before knitting with a contrast yarn?
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I've been requested to make a pair of red socks with yellow toes and heels. The chosen yarn is to be Blue Moon's STR in the Brick colorway with a Hoofle Floofle toe and heel.
When I did a pair of Brick last year and washed/blocked them, the water stained red. And I afraid I'll end up with orange toes/heels. So, is it advisable to prewash the Brick skeins? Can I set the color somehow? Do I use a color magnet? This is going to be an expensive pair of socks: I need 2 skeins of Brick and 1 of the yellow. Any help would be welcomed.
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:53 PM   #2
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YES! I would throw a sheet of "Color Catcher" (made by Shout) in with it when it's done and washed as well.
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:39 PM   #3
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YES! I would throw a sheet of "Color Catcher" (made by Shout) in with it when it's done and washed as well.
Thanks---do you mean wash the skeins, adding the Color Catcher? And then also when I block them? (I'm kinda dense here).
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Me? I'd do it when I block, never washed a skein before but I have heard that it can be done.
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:26 PM   #5
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*Just lurking around waiting to see if anyone has instructions for washing a skein as I've never done that before.* How do you keep it from tangling/felting?
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:27 PM   #6
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I have never done it, but read somewhere (either here or Ravelry) of someone who washed skeins of yarn in the legs of old pantyhose (with any open ends knotted), which kept the skein from falling apart/tangling in the wash.
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:26 PM   #7
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Since my yarn will be arriving already in skeins, I would just soak it as is, and rinse well and hang it up to dry (perhaps with a small weight on the end).
Now that being said, I'm going to throw caution to the wind (flinging it really hard), just knit the socks and use a few Color Catcher sheets in the soaking/washing and then block. We'll see what happens. Wouldn't it be great if it works?
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:33 PM   #8
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I would def wash the red skeins first before I knitted it with a pale colour. I know dye is more colour-fast than in the old days but how awful if it ran into the pale colour.
Hand wash the skeins in warm water with washing powder or whatever and rinse well in warm water. I think best to get rid of the excess dye now!
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:04 AM   #9
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Let us know what happens. Never ran into this or had a problem but that being said. what a great question! I like the panty hose idea if washed first I'd think you would have to be very careful if wool or it would felt? hmmm
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