Thursday, January 12, 2017

Washing and Blocking Wool and Other Animal Fibers

Need some help washing your wool garment? Or maybe you have something made of other natural animal fibers, like alpaca, llama, cashmere, etc ?  Here are a few of my top suggestions and a few links to help you learn more about the process.

What kind of detergent to use? My preferred wool wash is a brand called Soak. A few drops into a basin are all that's needed. It doesn't require any rinsing and it comes in pleasant scents, including scentless. Other popular wool washes are Eucalan and Kookaburra and can be found online or at your local yarn store. 

In a pinch, you can also use baby shampoo.  Just be sure to rinse your knit carefully.  Run the water into the basin and then put your handknit into the water.  Water should never be poured over or water ran from the spigot straight onto your hand wash only knits.

Here's a link to a post I did about washing wool.  This is more specifically geared towards washing wool diaper covers, but it details the specifics of how to be delicate with your knits and how I roll out them to dry in a towel. Please use COLD water for your most delicate handknits.  

Tin Can Knits has a great simple guide to washing and blocking as well.  

Here's a quick video if you are more of a visual learner. 

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