FO Friday: Neon Jungle Cowl

My Neon Jungle is finished in all it’s neon glory!

Pattern: Neon Jungle by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich

Yarn: Frolicking Feet DK Gradients in Pot O’Gold by Done Roving Company

Mods: None

Needles: US 10 to get gauge

I am so pleased withe the finished item! It’s bright, cheery and the perfect winter pick-me-up. And both the right side and wrong side of the fabric look great. (I neglected to get a photo of the inside…but you can kinda see it in blue/purple part that is flopped open around the neck in the second photo.) I still think this might end up in the gift pile, I’m debating.

My one complaint is about the yarn. This is my second go with this brand. And I learned the hard way that their dye has a tendency to run. A pair of socks I knit bled the purple or blue dye and completely dulled the whole sock! I contacted the company twice about the yarn and received ZERO feedback. I was disappointed. I wasn’t going to buy their yarn again but I got this DK skein on super clearance at a yarn store closing.

So this time around I was careful being wiser this time. I washed the FO in cold water and wool wash. Then I rinsed and washed a second time in pretty warm tap water and boy oh boy did the red dye let loose. I had thrown in a color catcher so most of it ended up on that.

So I decided to use a Citric Acid Soak with the cool colors in one bowl and the red color in a second bowl. I followed all the directions and microwaved the lot and set it out to dry. I tested the red portion and dye is STILL coming off. So this FO is in time out until I can redo the citric acid soak. Harrumph…but it’s still gorgeous.

Happy Knitting!!

11 thoughts on “FO Friday: Neon Jungle Cowl

  1. it is gorgeous! I know what you mean about one color running and fading the whole – I had that happen with some sock yarn from a different indie dyer recently. The socks are OK, but they were better before. So sorry you don’t hear back from the company! I happen to know the owner, and this surprises me. Please tell me – what is a color catcher????

  2. The colors are stunning and the stitch pattern is beautiful. Sorry to hear about the “bleedy” yarn. I’d never heard of a color catcher and hope I never have to use one, but thanks to you, I’ll know where to find them!

  3. Yikes, that’s too bad about the dye bleeding! I’ve used their yarns several times but never with a red dye in it. At least now I know to take precautions if I do! In any case, your cowl is stunning and I bet you’ll love wearing it!

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