HELP HELP HELP sunday felting chaos

Hi guys,
I got given some lovely alpacca a while back - home grown and produced. And although I loved it, I wasn't keen to knit a white/cream anything. So I've spent the afternoon trying to dye it...I used Dylon Cold Water dye which did nothing - so I decided to put the lot on the hob. I knew it wan't the best I have three hanks of beautiful green stuff which at the moment looks like dreadlocks.

I don't want to dispatch it to the bin and I have managed to disentangle the hanks a bit but thoght I'd let it dry and think again. Hopefully, somebody has a marvellous suggestion....




albert's picture

First off, don't touch the yarn again until it is totally dry; the more you handle it wet, the more it will felt. If it isn't overly felted you will be able to tease it apart when it is dry.

Crafty Andy's picture

Visit Crafty Andy's Blog For any wool to be able to dye you need some acid in the mixture and a bit of warmth. I agree with Albert, allow it to cool and then reskein the skeins.

davidUK's picture

Thanks folks

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Speaking strictly as an amateur - - I've heard of felted yarns on the market. If these are salvaged and aren't too damaged, you may find an interesting texture when you knit them up. If not...maybe you can make something that will be felted anyhow. Good luck. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Kilthoser's picture

hmmm I wonder... I've heard that you can relax and restore shrunken wool sweaters by boiling them in a vinegar/water bath. Would that work for the alpaca? Is it already spun, or is it roving/fleece etc?

I found this in method, but I've not tried it (I need to; I have a great sweater that ended up machine washed and dried!)

"Fix a sweater that you have accidentally shrunk with hot water in the washing machine. Fill a pasta pot 3/4 of the way full of water and add 16 oz. or one medium size bottle of white vinegar. Wet the sweater in any temperature water and then drop the sweater into the pot. Turn the heat down and simmer for 20 minutes. Dump all the liquid and the sweater into the sink and let the water drain out. Now cover the sweater with cold water and you will be amazed to see that it has returned to its regular size."

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