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« on: September 05, 2005 07:16:08 PM »

do you send hand knit items to the dry cleaner? wash them at home? how about arylics/or washable stuff? do you wash them as often as if they were store bought? how about febreeze? is that safe for wool?
i have a fear that when i wash my knit items they'll just fall apart, kinda like that weezer song...

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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2005 02:44:44 AM »

not supposed to send knits to the drycleaner - it leaves a residue on the yarn that makes it harder/ scartchier.
acryclics i chuck through the washing machine and flat dry.
natural fibres get hand soaked and dried flat.
i don't really wash jumpers/ shrugs/ whatever too often, storebought or not. I find that if i'm wearing a top underneath (as i inevitably do) they don't need much washing... is that gross?

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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2005 11:14:35 AM »

I agree with lupinbunny.  You should never dryclean your knits.  For wool things I usually hand wash cool and dry flat.  I've done some things in cotton that I just throw in the washer and dryer, and I pretty much stay away from acrylic. 

I don't know about febreeze, but I find that if you just let a wool sweater hang where it has lots of air moving around it  (ie not in a crowded closet) for a day or two it will 'air out' and loose any cigarette or other bad smells.

The ball band of the yarn will almost always have washing instructions on it.  You might want to keep a little notebook with the ballbands and a note about what you made with the yarn, especially if they have any strange instructions.

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