I fully intended to show you a pair of finished jeans by now, but a fairly serious problem arose: blue blood. That is, the dye used in this denim will NOT stop bleeding and rubbing off onto other fabrics.

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I have read elsewhere that dye bleeding from dark denims is not necessarily associated with poor quality fabric. That feels true in this case. Unfortunately, until I get a handle on this, I’m afraid to wear the jeans because blue might rub off on my other clothes or on the furniture. Not cool.

I have tried a couple of things, neither of which worked. First, I soaked my jeans in white vinegar as suggested on Eat Sleep Denim. While that didn’t do any good in this case, I was interested to find out that the vinegar smell doesn’t persist after washing the fabric, so I will keep this in my arsenal for other dye jobs.

Next, I tried washing my jeans in Synthrapol, which is supposed to remove loose dye particles which haven’t bonded to the fabric. I may not have used enough in the wash, or this just may not be the product for this fabric/dye combination. I might try it one more time. If that doesn’t work, I might try using Retayne, a dye fixative.

Now, if that doesn’t work, and if my jeans haven’t shrunk from all that washing, I could try bleaching them as a last resort. I generally prefer dark jeans, but will settle for something lighter. It might be fun to try out some of the distressing techniques I’ve read about here and there on the internet. If I can’t wear the jeans, I’m going to have fun beating them up!

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    • February Lady Sweater 14 March 2014

      02/17/13 - It’s definitely on the small side. I would prefer more ease, but think I’ll get some wear out of this sweater. I also think it may have been a poor choice in project for me. While it was fun to knit, the FO reminds me a little too much of maternity wear. On to BIGGER and BETTER things :)

      02/12/13 - Unblocked, this fits my 8 yo daughter. Hopefully, it will fit me post-blocking. I don’t usually use this many pins when blocking a sweater, but I’m determined to boss my knitting around.

      If it fits me, when done, then that’s ok. If it fits my daughter when done, that’s ok too. If it fits neither of us, I’m going to be a sad little knitter.


      When I cast on for this, I was concerned about the super wash yarn growing a lot during the blocking process. Now that I’ve mostly knit the sweater, I’m concerned that it’s not going to grow enough. It’s rather small.

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    • Shimmer in Blue 6 March 2014

      190 grams two skeins.

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