Sigh… disappointed

Not the most amazing picture in the world, but this is Beyond Puerperium, minus the buttons. I knit it using Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in oceana and chamomile colorways, after seeing this beautiful version on Ravelry.

Everything went exactly according to plan and I love, love, love how the sweater came out, except the yarn, the oceana colorway in particular, bled like a mofo when I blocked. I think I should have expected it, because the colorways are SO saturated, but what I didn’t expect was that the yellow would soak up some of the extra aqua dye, and now looks muddy and dull. I still think it’s a fine sweater and totally wearable, but not at all what I envisioned when I first put those two colorways together. Oh well.


16 thoughts on “Sigh… disappointed

  1. janna

    I don’t think it looks muddy and dull at all! It does look blue and green, not blue and yellow, but it’s still great!

    In the laundry aisle, you can buy these Color Catcher sheets (can’t remember who makes them, and since I’m moving at the moment, mine are packed away who-knows-where!) that have worked for me in the past, to keep colors from bleeding, then blending.

  2. jen

    oh wow, I LOVE the “green”/aqua combo. I’m sorry you are disappointed but it looks really great as-is. It sucks when yarn runs though, that is annoying!

  3. Mel

    I’ve heard from so many people that Tosh yarns are really losing their former quality lately. Such a bummer. But your sweater still looks so great!

  4. Natalie

    The color-catcher sheets do work pretty well, I wonder if they’d work just as well in the sink instead of the washer? I’ve never tried that. It’s still a very cute sweater!

  5. Janet

    Janna’s right. Color Catchers are great. (I think they are made by Shout.) Couldn’t you put the washer on delicate ? Tosh says “Machine cold wash”

  6. Laura

    I agree with the Shout Color Catchers suggestion. Try soaking it again with a CC and see heat happens!

    But it’s still super-adorable!

  7. Natalie

    That’s a bummer about the original yellow, but it still looks good to me. I recently had a project that this could have happened to, but luckily I caught it because I’d blocked the swatch. I don’t block swatches all the time & I guess I got lucky. Some experiments with vinegar followed & I ended up with a project that didn’t bleed.

  8. Jen

    Uncanny. I just had the EXACT same experience today – I finished a blanket for my 3 year old in Tosh Vintage – Oceanea, Butter, and 4 other blues and greens. What was sharp and vibrant became all yellowy greeny when I washed it – still OK but not as high contrast as when I made it. I was wondering which one bled — next time I will hand wash in the sink before i put it through the machines.

  9. Mrs. Langlie

    I wonder if you washed it with Oxiclean if it would remove some of the muddiness. If not, it is quite lovely in blue and green!

  10. Carolyn

    I had this with a self-striping sockyarn in black and orange and I used the Dylon product for removing bled dye – you just soak it in the sink. It worked pretty well (though didn’t get all of the bled dye) and it took away some of the disappointment!

  11. Kathleen

    Is it possible there may be some optical illusion going on there, too? Still, it’s a lovely sweater — for a MOST ADORABLE little boy. 🙂

  12. Mary K. in Rockport

    Too bad, but it still looks pretty good. I’ve used the same color combo but in mostly man made fiber for kids, and the colors stayed true. As others have said, Color Catchers – they work.

  13. Carol

    So many discouragements to knitting, but we keep knitting anyway. Thanks for sharing your frustration and to all those who gave suggestions. It is a lovely, lovely sweater.

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