HOW TO WASH AND STORE YARN

HOW TO WASH

Wool should be washed by hand unless you have a washing machine that uses luke warm water and has a very gentle wool cycle. Many older washing machines wash at 30 degrees and that is much too hot.

To avoid felting the finished model it is important to observe the following two factors:
Use very little soap and use a wool wash (not soap flakes) or a mild shampoo. Please also observe the importance of maintaining the same temperature during the entire washing process.

After washing and rinsing place model in a washing bag and spin it lightly in a washing machine. Then place model flat on towels and leave to dry.

It is not necessary to wash woolen garments very often. Airing the model outside in damp weather will often be enough.

HOW TO STORE YARN AND FINISHED MODELS

Unfortunately both moths and carpet moths are common infestants and they thrive in woolen yarns. Always store yarn in a plastic or densely woven cotton bag. The finished model should be treated in the same way, as it is more exposed if lying in a laundry basket or in a damp place.

The insecticides available can have side effects for allergics and are therefore not advisable to use.

Furthermore a treatment with insecticides will often only last for approximately 3 months and will disappear in the first wash. It is a good idea to store your yarn in a ‘knitting bucket’ with a close fitting lid.

In our shop we sell these ‘knitting buckets’.