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« on: March 22, 2004 08:40:12 AM »

i haven't been able to find any info on how to wash felted stuff.  is dry cleaning best?  i'm afraid that agitation in any temperature could make it felt more.
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2004 09:11:37 AM »

You can wash felted stuff in the same way that you would wash any natural-fibre knitted things - by hand in warm water with mild soap or shampoo, followed by a cool rinse.  Then get as much water as you can out of the item by wrapping it in a towel and squeezing, then shape it and let it air-dry.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2004 10:00:08 AM »

I'd be afraid to wash something that's already felted in warm water since it might felt up some more...maybe just cold water?
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2004 06:07:01 AM »

Don't be afraid!

Bear in mind that friction causes animal fibres to felt, not heat: hot water and detergent soften and plump the scales that cover the fibres, then friction causes those scales to grab each other. Eliminate the friction and felting won't occur.

As long as the water is warm (not hot) and you handle the item gently, everything will be fine.  Many yarns really bloom when they are washed by hand in warm water.

On the other hand, when a felted item is stretched or loses its shape you can always "recharge" it with another round of heat and friction.
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2004 06:50:33 PM »

So if I make wool felted potholders, do they have to be handwashed as well? 
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2004 10:12:18 PM »

Anybody have tips on washing felted potholders?  Anyone? Anyone?  ...Bueller?
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2004 10:34:08 AM »

I would think you'd be ok throwing them in the washer if they were already realllllly felted.  It's not like it's the end of the world if they get a tiny bit smaller/fuzzier, after all, they're potholders, so they don't have to be a specific size.  Just make sure that when you knit them, you are pretty generous and that when you felt them, you felt the heck out of them!
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2004 08:01:12 AM »

Well, I can tell you that heat and hot water will make it shrink more from experience. I made a few Kitty Pi beds for the shelter I go to, and they shrunk up (down?) to kitten size. It's okay, though, there's always lots of kittens!
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2005 04:57:14 PM »

Unless they're already *really* felted and tight already, I'd wash them by hand in warmish water. I've made the mistake before of washing felted slippers before in the washer (and too warm), and well, they re-felted!

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