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Posted - 08/20/2006 :  12:28:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit ruthmm's Homepage Send ruthmm a Private Message
I'm wondering if anyone can help me! I have created a knitted pice of work using Lang's Jawoll Superwash which is 75 % wool, 18% nylon,, 7% acrylic.

This piece is knitted in white and black/grey. I used black rit dye to try and paint with dye dark stripes on the black/grey areas. Unfortunately when I rinsed out the dye the rinse water greyed out the white areas. To make matters worse I used bleach on a section of the white to try and whiten it again but it stripped the white yarn of all color and now that section is a horrible natural yellow color.

So my question is can I restore any of the white back to the original bright white color?
If anyone can help me, thank-you!

we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.
Henry James

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Posted - 09/01/2006 :  9:25:02 PM  Show Profile Send Rooster a Private Message
I'm going out on a limb from other posts I've read re: bleach on wool. And I'm sad to report, you should never use bleach on wool or wool blends, it destroys and weakens the fibers.

The up side is...learn from your mistakes? We all make them.


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Posted - 09/01/2006 :  9:40:49 PM  Show Profile Send Milinda a Private Message
I'm not sure if only 7% acrylic could be a culprit but I have done research and others here have informed me that dyeing acrylic is a real problem.

Bleach is always not a good idea, but now you know that as Wendy pointed out.

I've had problems with Rit bleeding onto lighter colors,too. I now use acid dyes on my protein and nylon projects.

I'm sorry![:((]

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Posted - 09/06/2006 :  10:39:11 AM  Show Profile Send EliotsSocks a Private Message
Why not overdye the whole thing a new colour to try to salvage the project? That's probably what I would do. I don't think you can restore the "white" of the yarn... Try a nice deep colour and it will look varigated with the black and white dyes underneath...

Happy Knitting!
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