Big Box of Knitting Fails – Colorfast FAIL :(
For those of you that have taken classes with me, you know all about “Patty’s Big Box of Knitting Fails”. I seem to have an example of something tragic I’ve done in my knitting for nearly everything I’m teaching. So, I’m launching a new blog series to dig into my knitting boo boos. Today’s episode . . .
How to Tell if Yarn is Colorfast
(hint: don’t do what I did, or do it better)
Several years ago I wanted to make a Faux Isle Tam. That’s when you create Fair Isle with one solid yarn and one color changing yarn.
I had a wonderful hand dyed yarn with blues, purples and reds. It was going to be lovely.
Well, I knew that I needed to test the yarn before wet blocking in case it was not colorfast . . . after all, I teach blocking (gulp). So, I clipped a bit of the yarn, got it soaking wet and tied it around a white rag. After the yarn was dry, I untied it and yipee, no color run.
So . . . I knit the tam, wet blocked it and (wa, wahaaaa . . .) all the red parts of the yarn RANNNNNN. Note the white yarn around the red is now, well, pink.
Yep, that’s right folks, if you are going to check a color changing yarn for colorfastness, make sure you check EVERY color, especially the reds.
To learn more dos and don’ts in blocking watch Blocking Techniques in Knitting
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