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« on: December 11, 2005 10:02:39 AM »

i have this fabulous yarn but when i knit with it... my hands turn blue...
it's berroco's swift... 100% virgin wool...
now i know that you can use vinegar to set dyes... but i also read somewhere that it would be a very bad idea...
i know that i can wash the yarn prior to get most of the excess dye out...
i was wondering if anyone knows what else i can do to really set the dye...
THANKS!
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2005 01:05:15 PM »

ok, let me preface by saying that i dye several hundred yards of fabric and fibers every season as part of my job, so this information comes from experience and education:

YOU CANNOT SET DYES AFTER THE DYE PROCESS IS COMPLETE.

there are no exceptions to this.

the only thing you can do is get rid of the excess dye so that it doesn't backstain other items (such as your hands).

the dye loss you are experiencing is called crocking, in that the color is coming of dry.  that indicates that the dye was not totally exhausted and/or it was not completely bonded when the dye process was over. (it could also mean that the incorrect class of dye was used, but that is not likely on something like this).  your best bet is to soak the fiber in cold, clear water, changing often, until the water is clear.

don't agitate unless you want to full or felt the fiber.  do NOT use warmer water, unless you can keep the temperature of the water constant.  do not add any detergent, soap, or even vinegar (vinegar won't hurt but it will drastically slow down the process).  once the excess dye is gone, you can treat as needed to condition, at that time plain white vinegar would be a good choice.

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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2005 04:13:43 PM »

thanks rostitchery!
and now i know...
and knowing is half the battle...
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