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« on: October 21, 2007 02:21:54 PM »

The knitting club at my school is making squares for Warm Up America. Last year an alumni donated all of her late mother's yarn and needles to us (Opening those boxes of yarn was like being a kid in a candy store. That woman's stash was epic!), and we're using her acrylic yarn for the project.

Last week the yarn was handed out and a couple of people noticed big, discolored spots on their skeins. The yarn is some 100% acrylic that's at least a decade old. I can't think of any way to wash it while it's still in the skein, so my question is...
Does this happen a lot to old acrylic or is it just some random stain? Is there any special way to get old stains off acrylic once it's been knit?

« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2007 09:52:56 PM »

You could try washing them - simply stick the skeins into a hosiery bag and throw it in the machine and see if the stains come out.

From experience, if it is a rust stain, forget it. Otherwise? Not sure! It is also possible, since you're knitting squares, to pull it from the inside until you get to the stains and then discard the stained part.

« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2007 10:00:40 PM »

So much of getting stains out is knowing what made the stain. You could try soaking it as you would recycled yarn, with some kind of soap. Maybe stain-fighting laundry detergent, or some of that powdered oxyclean type stuff. I don't know if that will really help, but it's usually what I do if I have a stain to get out of fabric.

I just have a few words: nitwit, blubber, oddment, tweak.
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