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On the heels of one FO (thank you for all the stripey love!), here comes another.

I won’t even mention what it did to my quilt, and to my PRISTINE bathtub that I scrubbed on my hands and knees on Sunday and changed the shower liners and laundered the shower curtain and the whole nine yards. Bah.


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  1. Anna

    Heh, this is one reason that I use a pile of thirty-year-old towels (repurposed from my mom’s pile of stuff she never throws away) and the floor as a blocking surface. Not only have those towels been washed enough that they’re never going to bleed onto the object, I don’t particularly care if something bleeds onto them. (Admittedly, when I blocked a lace tablecloth, I got a huge piece of muslin to put between it and the towels, but it’s fair to say that I was paranoid about damaging it.)

  2. Cassa

    Oh no! Please, please tell us that it didn’t run on the blanket! Here’s hoping that you (and your tub) return to your natural colors shortly.

  3. Ashley

    Oh, the red, the red. Red is the devil. It HATES us. Give it a go with the Oxyclean before you give up, but don’t expect miracles.

  4. Dotty

    Save the quilt! Get yourself a few packages of Dylon Coloursafe Run Away (watch out – there is a version for whites which will wreck your quilt). You should be able to get it at fabric stores. It will remove the dye out of the quilt. Good luck!

  5. Dr. Judy

    Oh, no! Reds are known for that. I’d take the advice above about using product to capture the excess dye. After that, I would also use a vinegar rinse to set the red for future washings. I usually do the vinegar when I pre-wash my fabrics…catch any culprits before they do damage.

  6. Debra

    Fugitive red dyes are the curse of the world. Hopefully you have dealt with it all, but we warned it may return whenever you red yarn gets damp. I treatment with synthropol may cure it (available at many fiber stores). Vinegar is a old wives tale that does not normally work on modern red dyes.

    I hope your quilt survived. It looks like such a pretty Irish chain.

  7. Iris

    I would use this only on the tub or whites:

    Iron Out from the supermarket or hardware store. It’s used to remove iron stains.

    I used to have a batch of red towels which I only washed by themselves. They stained both the inside of my washer, and the inside of my dryer, but it didn’t transfer to anything else. The red came out of the washer when I washed WHITE towels with Iron Out following the discovery that the dingy towels and brownish stain in the shower were the result of a dying water softener which was then failing to remove the iron.

    I once used the Iron Out on some sheets to get out the blood stains from my daughter’s bloody nose – totally changed the color of the sheets.

  8. anne

    Go to dye sites (like Dharma) — there are products to remove excess dye (synthrapol) and products to set what remains (can’t remember name, ask dharma). Those color-catcher sheets at the grocery store can do more than one would think. I’d use a whole box of them.

    Good Luck.

  9. Jen

    My hands look exactly the same and I think my fingernails are going to be permanently pink thanks to the dark red Cascade 220 I’m using on my current project. I’m going to have to bookmark this page for all the great comments with tips. Thanks guys!

  10. martha

    I hope this red does not come from something you intend to wear. My experience is that even after red has bled itself out, I still can ‘see’ red on my skin or on the garment my red has been on. You have my sympathy.

  11. Marlena

    I’m sorry about the stains, but even that blurry shot in the background has me excited to see your finished scarf! I considered doing that pattern myself, but I just don’t know if I could deal with those bobbles.

  12. JulieFrick

    I’m gonna go ahead and disagree with Ashley. I know she wrestled with that baby quilt and the Oxyclean and still feels she lost, but as the recipient of that quilt, I can tell you it’s perfect, perfect, perfect. So if your quilt has run, give that Oxyclean a go!

  13. karla (threadbndr)

    I’d let the yarn dyer know, too. While reds and purples are NOTORIOUS for this, that MUCH bleeding looks like a batch that didn’t set right! Did it crock off on your hands at all when you were knitting?

    I think I’ll not only swatch generously with my red cobweb but also give said swatch a bath! Just in case.

  14. Diane (blopeep)

    Expletive: HORSE! (thanks Alan Alda)

    Comment: you used the Schaefer Anne for the scarf, right? FWIW, there’s been a HUGE amount of discussion about this very brand, this very color on the MS3 (not MST3K) list. Others have been bitten by this same problem. I agree with the synthrapol comment, and vinegar has also been recommended but only if it’s animal fiber. You’ll definitely want to try to set what’s left before you wear it …


    YOU NEED EFFERDENT! Yes efferdent, the kind for dentures. Pop 4 tablets in a mixing bowl with warm water and soak for 20 mins. then scrub with nail brush. It really works, my mom taught 1st graders to tye-dye, and the rest is history!

  16. Jacinta

    Oh I do hope its not the blankie.

    I have a red Rowan Summer Tweed cardigan that bleeds like crazy, I can only wear red under it as the colour rubs off on everything.

    Hope it can be rescued.

  17. gwynivar

    Vinager is helpful, and I used to believe that it was really the only answer, but what you want to try is amonia. Tepid water, about a gallon or enough to be able to move the project/yarn/item freely for good swishing. About 2 tbsp of amonia, and gloves. If you think you had some excess dye before, hang onto your pink panties! The amonia changes the ph of the fiber, and releases any excess dye still holding on but not perm. attached during the acid dye process. Let it soak for several minutes, than swish gently. If it’s as bad as you describe, you might want to do this with a fresh amonia bath. Anyways, swish it around a bit, let it sit a couple more minutes and rinse. Once it runs clear (shouldn’t take more than a minute or 2 of rinsing – if it’s still running a strong pink, get another amonia bath and repeat), put it in another bath with a dash of vinager to restore the fiber’s correct ph level. You should have clear water now… Then you should contact the yarn company.

    This process works on all protein based yarns/fibers/projects like wools & silks, not cottons & rayons (cellulose etc).

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