It's important to take care of your yarn and finished projects.
All yarns have specific washing instructions on their label, it is important to follow these directions to keep your yarn in it's best condition. When in doubt, hand wash your garments in cold water and lay flat to dry.
General Washing Tips
- Wash garments separately and never let them soak, this protects their colors.
- Only use detergents that are made specifically for washing wool and other fine fibers, or a PH-neutral, dye free detergent. Our favorite wash to use is SOAK Wash, because it does not need to be rinsed out and it leaves garments soft and smelling wonderful.
- Lay the garment flat to dry, hanging can stretch it. Never dry the garment in direct sunlight.
- Squeeze out extra water before drying, and lay object on a non-porous surface for fastest dry time. Sometimes garments "grow" a little with washing because of the extra weight.
Alpaca, mohair, silk and untreated wool yarns:
- Hand wash in cold water with SOAK or other wool detergent.
- Move garment gently, don’t rub or creat a lot of friction.
- Rinse thoroughly and gently press out extra water.
Cotton and linen yarns:
- Machine wash in warm water. If washed too hot or allowed to soak in water, the colors may bleed.
- Use washing programs with plenty of rinsing time.
- Cotton can shrink a bit in the wash, but you can adjust this when you lay flat to dry, just place or stretch garment in the exact shape you would like it to remain after drying.
- Don’t tumble dry.
Merino and other Superwash treated wool:
- Superwash treated wool should be washed in machine, using the wool / gentle cycle program.
- Do not use fabric softener as this will remove the superwash treatment.
- You can either lay flat to dry or dry on a delicate setting in your dryer. Do not apply too much heat.
Wool and silk yarns:
- These should be washed by hand to avoid felting.
- Press out water with a towel gently.
- Never use a dryer for wool, the garment will shrink!
- Fix uneven sections or pin lace sections while drying to achieve evenness of stitches.
Always keep the yarn labels, they have the most specific washing instructions.