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« on: August 13, 2010 07:43:55 PM »

So, my washer at home is famous for eating/wearing holes in things.  So, when I finally finished my birthday present to myself - a pair of armwarmers and an ultra long scarf, I decided that they should be washed...in the infamous washer of doom.

Naturally, I think that protecting the stuff in a pillowcase would ward off the nasty unraveling/hole making.  I knot a knot into my pillowcase, and dump it in.  Now,  you might be expecting a story about unexpected felting, right?

No.  My only sign of damage was fluff on the outside of the pillowcase.  No biggie, I think - so I open it.  The damage?

A huge unraveled hole in the bottom of the scarf.  (It looks like the entire thing wore at that spot and made it unravel.)  I might get my mother to serge this....

The armwarmers?  They looked fine, until I tried one of them on.  The guage of one of them was entirely too big - you could have fit another of my arms into the thing!  It also looks like some of the strands are fucked up too...

Rookie mistake, but I'm now depressed.  I really liked the yarn too, and I really liked the color - and I wanted to wear it back to school.

*Edit:  Oh yeah, and I can't even unravel the yarn.  It didn't felt the Superwash, but it turned it into yarn mush.  At least it smells good - lanolin and lavender.  (I had some lavender detergent...)
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2010 08:09:42 AM »

Well now, that sucks. Soak (soakwash.com) comes in some nice scents, for next time of course.
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2010 07:05:13 PM »

Update:  I've rescued the scarf - cut off the messy side, and then sewed up the edges.  Nice and not so neat, but it's wearable!  (It's princessy enough to wear, and it's cute.)
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2010 08:42:33 AM »

Ugh, you poor thing!  Sad

As much as it is a pain, if you do a gauge swatch first and then toss that into the wash, you might be able to see how the yarn behaves afterwards (like the too big armwarmer).  As for unraveling...do you think maybe you're not securing your ends in well? If that might be the case, try doing duplicate stitch on the reverse side...I think it works wonders in keeping ends to stay in.

Otherwise, if it is your demon washing machine, it might be best to just handwash things in the tub or sink.  Good luck with your future projects.
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2010 07:11:14 AM »

Superwash usually needs to go in the dryer to go back to the right shape. Getting it wet stretches out the item.
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