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« on: October 26, 2007 04:15:53 PM »

So, I just finished knitting a dark teal hat using bamboo needles. Very shortly after I started it, I noticed that my needles had developed a definite teal hue. I searched for this, because it's never happened to me before, and all I was able to find was a bunch of websites saying to rub them with wax paper, and this blog post by Grumperina.

Pretty much everything is about getting gunk off needles, but I want to get color out of them. I haven't tried anything, because I don't want to screw up the needles.

Any suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2007 05:01:15 PM »

That happened to a pair of my bamboo's.  I think they are permanently dyed.  I don't really mind mine being a hint of blue colored. 
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2007 12:50:20 AM »

You should be able to use a very fine grit sandpaper to take that dye off.  Afterwards you will need to refinish the needles though.  You can do this using the wax paper thing or by using rice to polish them.  I would do this every so often (especially when using a dark yarn) to prevent this from happening again.

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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2007 12:54:12 AM »

Try using bleach or acetone.  If they have a finish on them it will probably take it off (but you want that because the dye is probably soaked through the finish anyway).

Oh, and just a word of caution: if the yarn stained your needles, I'd be careful to always wash the FO separate from your other clothes so they don't get ruined!

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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2007 09:08:25 AM »

I'd just wipe them down really good and leave it. As long as you've given them a good wipe, I don't think the color is likely to transfer to the yarn from them. The needles have probably absorbed the dye.

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