I love it when I find another fiber person on WordPress.com who hearts the snark as much as I do. May I introduce you to Woolwinding.
And since she didn’t link to, dare I call them, the knickers, here you go. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
If you have to blame someone, blame them. Oh.my.
Here’s the first in what I hope will be a regular feature, picking up where my old Knitting Bookmarks page left off, but on steroids. Once there have been a few entries, you will be able to see a “collection” of them by clicking on the Bookmarks category in my sidebar.
Wool naturally repels dirt and doesn’t need frequent washing. But when it does come time to wash and put away my hand-knit sweaters and socks for the season, my favorite method of washing is to fill our tub or utility sink with tepid water and a cap-full of mild hair shampoo, then push my sweater into the water for a 10-minute soak. If the sweater is releasing a large amount of dirt, I’ll drain and change the water for a second soak. After soaking and before rinsing, I lift the sweater out of the water by supporting it from the bottom and gently squeeze without twisting. Rinsing is either done by soaking in clear water or with a tablespoon of hair conditioner added.
Once my sweater is done bathing, and depending on how fragile the fiber is, I will either put it in a mesh bag and spin it in the washer’s spin cycle on the lowest speed, or spread out a double thickness of towels, lay the sweater down, semi-spread out, with another layer of towels on top and then roll the sweater + towel and squeeze to get out as much water as possible. Drying is done on a sweater rack, a mesh sweater dryer or on a dry towel in a breezy (not sunny!) area.
Because we live in a desert climate, which tends to be rather dusty, I store my knits in zippered clear plastic bags, like those left over from buying new pillows or *kof* asweaterkit. You can also find these bags for sale online. For extra protection from m*ths, I toss in dried lavender flowers (still in the bag after poking holes in it with a sewing needle), which I buy at our natural foods shop.
Do you have a favorite site with information on sweater/wool/fiber care or have a tip to share? The comments are open! (But please don’t post product recommendations-Thanks!)