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Old 05-22-2008, 11:13 AM   #1
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Wool mamas, help!

I know there is something on here about this, but I am too sick and tired to keep looking! I've been searching for an hour, and my house isn't cleaning itself....I wish!!

Okay, I bought a pair of wool shorties, which fit more like a soaker, but that's besides the point. They are heavily lanolized, and pretty felted, or really tightily knitted (if that's possible). They don't have much stretch in any direction!

Anyway, because if the over-lanolizing, I have been trying to strip them as per some instructions I found here weeks ago. Put them in a pot of tepid water and gradually let it come to a boil, and then gradually let it cool again.
Well, all that has done is bleed ALL of the color from the shorties!! They started out a lovely color of lime green and hints of blue, and are now almost completely natural colored! AND, they still feel heavily waxy. I can feel it on my hands as I am rinsing them.

What in the world do I do with these things now?!?!?!?! I have no clue how to re-dye them, if it is even possible at this point, especially seeing as how I can't seem to get all of the lanolin out of them!

They were a little snug on ds when I put them on him the other night, so I was going to just sell them soon. I was trying to get them all stripped and ready. I don't want to stick another mama with these unless there is someone more knowledgable about wool that wants to try to fix them.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Anyone? Ideas, suggestions, thoughts?
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you COULD redye them but since you say you know nothing about it i'm assuming you don't have acid dyes. I could redye them for you but it won't be a vareigated because that needs to happen PRE knitting. they would be dipped dyed or solid. the colors obviously weren't set correctly if at all. you could dye them in koolaid if you wanted but again...only solid or dip dyed.

as for the lanolizing...lanolin will wear off with use. its not harmful, in fact it is used a skin moisturizer so that will wear off with time...
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Would the dye (kool-aid, since I have no acid dyes!) even take with the lanolin being so thick? It feels (still!) like it has been dipped in wax, it is that bad.

I need to do something with them! They are a sickly looking mint green/tannish splotchy thing right now! AAAAHHHHHH!
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No the lanolin coats the fibers making it very hard for the dye to get into the fibers. At best the dye job will be splotchy.
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Re: Wool mamas, help!

you could try unfelting them. Boil salt and water and let cool compleatly, then soak them in that and let sit. i have heard this works but havnt tried it myself yet. For removing lanolin try hand washing them with dawn dish soap. Thats my only suggestion. then after the lanolin has been removed you can dye them again using kool aid. good luck!!
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Re: Wool mamas, help!

I have washed them with Dawn 4 times, including a little bit in the boiling pot!!!!! This stuff won't come off! I will try the salt water thing and see if that does something.

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