Anyone who has soaked red yarn knows the high probability of “blood in the water” when you’re preparing to block. I know it’s going to happen. I planned ahead for it to happen, gray as the paired color for stripes to avoid catastrophe. And yet my heart immediately jumps into my throat and I feel the panic that comes with the thought that all my hard work will be ruined. I soaked and rinsed twice and then just ran the water over the shawl. It was still letting go of a small bit of dye. Good grief! How much water is this going to take? I gave up and never did get all the loose dye.