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  • Just a couple of bleaching notes from what I learned in my Fiber Arts classes in college:
    -to stop the bleaching action you can use diluted hydrogen peroxide (like the kind you get at the drug store
    -tie-dying techniques work equally well in reverse (when removing dye)–just make sure the “ties” you use don’t bleed any color (unless that’s an effect you want)
    -Gel formula kitchen cleaners that contain bleach go on silky smooth and when mixed with bleach containing abrasives (like Comet) can create great concentrated bleached out areas.
    -Avoid mixing with anything containing ammonia.
    Glad you’re having fun bleaching!

  • Since we’re in an advice dispensing vibe here, I will add that having a baby who will spit up on your denim handknit 800 times (that’s a one to one correspondence between burps and washes) really helps speed along the process.

  • Are you knitting some Denim People thing to wear in the punk clubs in London?
    Have fun!

  • Bon Voyage, dear Kayye! I will miss you so!

  • Who wants to be normal, eh?
    Stunning dear, just stunning. Are you bringing some of that with you? And do you want to go to a Punk Club?
    x x x x

  • Kay, bring denim to London! I am finding my denim to knit in your honour, but I doubt I will bleach it… but maybe. Hmm.

  • Now that is a cool fun experiment. Have a great trip to London.

  • That looks like great fun! Have a wonderful trip 🙂

  • Wonderful bleaching tutorial! You will be posting from London won’t you? I am really hoping for some shots of the Rowanettes at Liberty’s – hey hey hey – how about a side trip to the Colinette outlet?

  • Shut up about going to London. I’m jealous, and I’m not even the jealous sort. Grudgingly I say, “Have a good time.” Blah. 😀

  • Now, that’s not something I would ever have thought to do! I’ve barely got my mind wrapped around the concept of over-dyeing bad colors–and I haven’t actually tried it–bleaching perfectly good yarn? I just . . . never would have thought of that . . . Looks great, though!

  • Sounds to me like something I’d be totally afraid to do, rather like steeking—-I’m very afraid.
    Travel safely.

  • bon voyage, kay! ref: bleaching: would non-chlorine bleach have any effect on dyed cotton?
    “harnessing the incredible power of oxygen”!

  • Is this portending ‘Mason-Dixon Bleaching’ as a sequel? Safe travels!

  • That’s just so cool! Did I mention that I managed to purchase the last 9 balls of Sirdar denim from my supplier and so that probably means some denim stripping party (the yarn, not me) soon?!

  • As a bleaching neophyte, may I ask a heretical question – does all this bleaching weaken the yarn?

  • What’s the latest on the perfect handknit? I found a deal on Cascade 220 in the sale section of discountyarnsale.com

  • I hate to be contrary, but I don’t think that diluted hydrogen peroxide would stop the bleaching action (comment from Valerie) – mainly because hydrogen peroxide is a form of bleach. Unless the hydrogen peroxide were so diluted that it comprised a lot more water than hydrogen peroxide – in which case it would be the water that would stop the bleaching action, rather than the hydrogen peroxide.

  • I meant to add that I might be wrong – I’ve never tried to stop bleaching with hydrogen peroxide – I’d just recommend testing it on something unimportant first.

  • Dear Kay – since I consider you the Queen of Denim, I must ask, does any of the denim yarn stain your fingers? I was gifted some stash from a friend who no longer can knit. In it was some lovely Classic Elite denim yarn. it’s very nice, but after a brief gauge swatch, my fingers were purple! Should I knit with latex gloves on??

  • >>In response to what Katie said: Peroxide WILL stop the bleaching action, as will sodium bisulfite (known as Anti-Chlor..available through dye providers like Pro-Chem) and a few other things. After using these, you rinse them and any remaining bleach out in the wash, but if you skip this step the bleach can continue to eat away at the fabric even after a wash. There’s a good article on dye discharge methods (basically bleaching) here:http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/dark.shtml if you’re interested.

  • Thanks, Valerie!

  • Kay, are you sure your use of the apple is for color perspective and not to prove what a great mother you are by keeping fresh fruit in the house?