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19 December 2013 @ 10:57 am
I have been trying to get the excess indigo dye out of a pair of jeans to stop it rubbing off against things*. Last night found me with them in the bath being scrubbed with a back brush that I never actually use. This morning found me scrubbing indigo dye off the bath. Jeans into machine for rinse and spin – and blue still comes off on my fingers. I don’t want to chuck them, as they are otherwise a good denim (thick, not too much elastane), reasonably high waist, and a good shape. But it would be nice to be able to wear them inside the house or when sitting down on something that isn’t black. I wonder if Napisan would help, I don’t care if they end up a bit paler.** Mostly, I am really annoyed that I have been tricked into buying a sub-standard product, and wondering at what point I cut my losses.

Also blue, this time deliberately, is my new work handbag, purchased on Sunday afternoon when I snapped after sewing for two days solid and then getting a sleeve caught in the machine so I had to cut it out, and decided that I was not spending any more time on the bloody thing before Christmas. It struck me that the only way I’m going to have a handbag large enough for work, which means the ability to carry a good-seized book, an umbrella, and lunch, without it feeling too big if I’m popping out at the weekend, is if I just go and buy one for work and use a different bag at the weekend. So now I have, and it takes sandwiches, an umbrella, and a hardback Pratchett comfortably. I seem to have managed to read some when I just wasn’t in the right mood, and re-reading now I wonder how on earth I didn’t like them a lot more first time round. Clearly I am now in the right mood, and am going to take advantage of it.

*A process I have learnt today is called "crocking".

**Salt doesn’t help – salt sets dye, but unset dye isn’t the problem, the issue is excess dye and the specific properties of indigo. Vinegar doesn’t help, because vinegar also sets dye, but for protein fibres, which cotton isn’t.