Vicki Welsh’s method didn’t work so well for yarn but I think it did improve the way it looks.
Remember – this is what it’s supposed to look like.
The red has turned into a muddy brownish red color. The light blue is now purple-ish pink.
There’s only one area where it’s obviously an ugly fade.
I will keep it, at least for a while. I may wear it. The problem is that it really makes me mad and every time I look at it, it makes me angry. I just don’t want to be angry! I paid a lot of money for that yarn and even though it’s almost impossible to make a red not run, this yarn wouldn’t stop bleeding. I put it in the sink yesterday using Vicki’s method and left it 10 or 11 hours. The water was brilliant red and at that point, the skein of yarn had been soaked several times and the finished piece had been soaked probably six times. I rinsed it and the water was still bright red so I did Vicki’s method again, left it 12 hours and this is what I got. It is pretty uniformly faded now except for that one row.
In my use, Madelinetosh yarn almost always had a fading problem. It was a yarn I loved for so many years but for more than one reason, I won’t buy it any more. Madelinetosh has a new owner and hopefully they’re doing a better job of setting color.