Natural Colors And Crocking
When you work with natural colors, you may experience crocking; where, after the dye bath, the pulverized dye plant leaves a colored residue* on the yarn that comes off on your fingers while knitting.
The color of the yarn is dyed and fast. To be rid of the residue, hand wash your finished garment in warm water with a mild detergent. Rinse until the water runs clear.
The dyed colors of the garment will not run or bleed into adjacent colors, nor will they come off on the wearer. Natural dyes are earth friendly, non-toxic and safe.
*From Wikipedia: "A distinction is usually made between a pigment, which is insoluble in the vehicle (the water of natural dyeing) resulting in a suspension, and a dye, which either is itself a liquid or is soluble in its vehicle (the water of natural dyeing) resulting in a solution." The natural colorants Indigo, Madder and Logwood are pigments and are prone to crock while Weld, Cochineal and Osage are natural dyes that do not crock.
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