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« on: August 07, 2005 01:59:09 PM »

I'm making Knitty's Kyoto, and though I'm not quite up to the blocking process, I'm foreseeing some problems.  First of all, the MC of the sweater is white, and the sash is a bright pink (I'm using GGH Java, not the recommended Cotton Classic the pattern reccommends).  I had to frog my first attempt at the sash, and while I was washing the yarn to get the kinks out, I noticed that the water had tinted a bit.  This is going to be a problem with the white, isn't it?  I'm not going to have to dry clean, am I?  Should I wet block the white pieces and pink piece seperately?  Is this sweater destined for tragedy?  *Cue Soap Opera music*

Please, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2005 12:48:56 PM »

hmmm, this does sound ominous.
Here's what I would do:
after knitting up the sash, wash it a zillion times until the water doesn't get tinted.  Then squeeze it in white paper towels to see if any color is still coming out. 
When it stops bleeding, block and then sew to the body. 
From then on, wash only in cold water.  And if you can get one of those detergents that's supposed to prevent colors fading/bleeding, that would probably be a good idea, too.
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2005 11:17:45 PM »

Thank you.  I think I'll do just that (I think my water wasn't quite cold enough the first time around).
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2005 12:51:32 AM »

Vinegar is supposed to set dye. There is also a product you can buy in the detergent aisle that sucks up any excess dye floating around in the water.
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