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February 20, 2017

From Susan — A Horse of a Different Color

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 12:54 am

This post is just a quickie update to the one I wrote last week about my husband’s XC skiing antics.  I was shown a free Dala Hat pattern that was just too perfect for my Dala winner.  I used BT Arbor yarn for the hat.  I liked knitting with the Arbor, but when I wet blocked it, the red color ran.  There is slight discoloration remaining right next to the red sts in the hat.  Not very noticeable, but disappointing.

It’s his birthday Wednesday, so this will be a cute little present for him.  The “big race” is supposed to be next weekend (American Birkebeiner, aka “The Birkie”), but the temps have been record breaking in the 50’s and 60’s!!  He is revved up to go, but it may not even happen!  Bummer!

PS regarding the red color: it really isn’t bad enough to bother with.  If red dye starts running down John’s face I may do something about it!! 😉

PS to Caryl — I actually did knit it in one day!  Well, over a 24 hour period with sleep, etc. in there, too!

PS to Marla — Yay!  Go for it and then share your FO on The Rainey Sisters Ravelry Group!


  1. This happened to me last year with a red and white striped scarf. I managed to save the situation with a tiny amount of RIT color remover powder. It may have leeched a little brightness from the red – but that was way less of a problem than the pink whites!!

    Comment by Laura — February 20, 2017 @ 1:36 am

  2. I have had the red/white thing happen to me, too. It’s too bad because the two colors look so good together. It’s a great hat! Good luck to the racer — and may there be a race. That was hard to write. I am LONGING for Spring.

    Comment by Pam — February 20, 2017 @ 3:15 am

  3. You may want to try soaking in a basin of water with 1/2 cup Dawn dishwashing liquid for several hours. Keep hat totally submerged under water. Dawn “captures” color dye and may help remove the bleed.

    Comment by Fran — February 20, 2017 @ 7:53 am

  4. The hat is fantastic! Love the pattern and envy your workmanship.

    Comment by Fran — February 20, 2017 @ 7:56 am

  5. We have those horses in our house as my husbands side of the family are Swedish!
    Regarding the red dye, might the problem be solved by soaking the yarn before it’s knit?

    Comment by Jenny — February 21, 2017 @ 8:54 am

  6. Looks great! Just don’t wash it again 🙂

    Comment by nadine L. — February 21, 2017 @ 11:09 am

  7. John will love his Dala hat! You do such beautiful work, Susan! Did you knit it in one day??

    Comment by Caryl — February 21, 2017 @ 8:27 pm

  8. Love the hat! I was born in Mora and grew up about three blocks from the Dala horse there. Can’t wait to get to yarn store and start knitting that gorgeous hat.

    Comment by Marla — February 21, 2017 @ 11:23 pm

  9. 3.5.2017 Well, here I am again….not at all looking at the slight red dye bleed…..but instead totally bamboozled by your white table cover… told me once before where the pattern was from but I may have lost it in a studio clean out????? Could you please repeat that info? I would be most appreciative. from Janet K who was on the Alice Interweave tour with you back in the early 2000’s.

    Comment by Janet Kovach — March 5, 2017 @ 9:45 am

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