Monday, March 12, 2007

Doing Laundry!!!

I had a very busy weekend that entailed meeting the girls for Saturday morning knitting at Wegmans, followed by a little stash enhancement. Sunday Matt and I went for a long car ride to scope out some property. It was a lot of time in the car and I could use a day in to catch up on my knitting, but got some errands to run today.

However, I did tackle an issue that's been bothering me for a bit. My Garnet. If you remember, I used Elsebeth Lavold Patine. Which is not even remotely colorfast. This faded terribly sitting on my sweater shelf (and the whole reason I had to rearrange my stash/finished sweaters).
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It simply wasn't wearable. I wore this sweater a lot last year... one because it's pretty and I loved the color, and second because I don't have a lot of "summery" sweaters.

So I had to make a decision on what to do with it. Over dye it? Well, that was my first thought. Then I remembered that the yarn isn't colorfast and there were a lot of complaints about it fading when it was washed. Since I hadn't washed it yet, I figured, it couldn't hurt. Even if it didn't even out the color, I couldn't ruin it anymore than what how it was.

So I ran it thru the washer. On hot. Hoping to fade the entire sweater to a nice even color.

It worked.
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While I loved the periwinkle blue of the original, and the faded lavender color isn't as pretty, at least I can wear it again. I'll also add that it's not a yarn I would recommend (but since it's been discontinued, I guess that makes sense, eh?). Oh, and let's hope that the Hempathy is more colorfast, since that was my stash enhancement on Saturday...

I also had an other epiphany over the weekend. There's no way I can get the Fall Back Cardigan* done in time to be a shop sample for the class. The class is less than three weeks away. Even if I worked really hard, I would barely make finishing it in that amount of time and the shop sample issue would be moot anyway. So I've decided to actually stop working on it and just use it as my class sample. I will have to go back and do some of the steps again (no, I'm not frogging what I have done, I'll just make up class samples). That will also keep me from having to knit it again.

Well, I need to go get dressed so I can take care of all the things I need to take care of today. (can you feel the enthusiasm???)

Keep On Knittin'!
*The Fall Back Cardigan is my wool version of the Spring Forward Cardigan designed by Janet Szabo and can be found in the Spring 2004 issue of Twists & Turns.


  1. Ouch!!! to the faded sweater. I'm glad you were able to save it for more wearing.

    Hope you and Matt had a good weekend drive. Chris had a minor crash in the first training race (someone cut him off after they all crossed the finish line), but he and bike are doing well.

  2. WOW that is a LOT of fading. Glad it's wearable now and that the yarn is discontinued.

  3. Gutsy move. I like how it turned out, and you no longer have to worry about it fading.


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