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So....it was all going swimmingly until....
....I read the ball band. Gentle hand wash, dry flat in shade. Do not tumble dry. (do not dry clean -- that one is not the issue).
Probably not optimum care requirements for a baby garment.
Crud. Back to square one.
Something to put you in a happy place:
Knit Night Cupcakes
(first seen at June's blog)
Posted by Norma on Friday, June 08, 2007 at 12:04 AM in Goof-Ups | Permalink
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Good for Dulaan baby? (Probably not much machine washing there...)
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 12:17 AM
Hmmm, well, you could always just ignore the ball band and wash/dry a test swatch to see what that tells you. Cotton/microfibre isn't going to felt, at least, and the care instructions *may* be based on nothing more than they either a) couldn't be bothered to put the yarn through its paces and went with the greatest-care-possible instructions, or b) wanted to impart an air of ephemerality to the yarn and make it seem more precious. Of course, maybe it won't hold up at all, but you won't know until you test it.
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 12:54 AM
I like Jo Sharp yarn (I'm an Aussie after all), but I have yet to find a machine-wash Jo Sharp yarn. Even the pure wool 8 ply (DK) is hand-wash only. In regards to Mel's b) suggestion, I agree to that possibility. I remember reading in one of my Jo Sharp pattern books (no idea which one) that they were proud the yarn wasn't machine washable, it was pure and untreated (and therefore precious). Mind you, I love the Jo Sharp yarn itself (especially Silkroad Tweed..mmm).
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 07:46 AM
Rats! I hate when the fucking shit happens!
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 07:54 AM
Ooooo, sorry bout the washing information. That's a bummer. Still, baby sweaters is an excellent idea for a fast project, and they're so sweet when they're done!
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 08:12 AM
Absolutely a Dulan-type project. Knit on! You can keep a baby warm and nurture your knitting mojo at the same time!
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 09:14 AM
Well, damnit....to hell. Sorry about that particular yarn..
Those Knit night cupcakes?!?!?! I'm still prancing around with the happy dance. Those babies were outrageously incredible! Thank you so much!
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 09:17 AM
Is it for Dulaan? If so, I'M not sure we should assume folks have washing machines. That might be how they wash everything.
If it is for a friend, then just suggest that they wash the item (when it needs it) with the baby or in the baby's bathwater after the baby gets out in the manner of Steph's sock washing technique -- bath baby, chuck sweater in bathwateer, submerge, deal with baby (dry, clothe, put to bed, whatever), go back and retrieve sweater, squeeze in towel, lay flat to dry somewhere.
I wash wool items in babywash all the time (even though I don't have a baby). It works great.
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 09:20 AM
My evil SIL is pregnant and she's getting at least one handwash only baby thing. :)
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 10:04 AM
Yeah, well, THAT's helpful . . . sheesh.
Those cupcakes?? Ohmigod, they're just wonderful!
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 10:10 AM
dry flat "in shade"? Wow. that must be very special, very delicate yarn.
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 10:22 AM
It's the "dry flat in shade" part that gets me. That yarn is a very fragile little flower, indeed.
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 10:40 AM
At least it can still go to Mongolia, and you love sending things to Mongolia. As has been amply demonstrated. ;-) So keep going! :-)
Beth S. |
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 11:41 AM
Yeah. Delicate baby yarn makes a lot of sense. Bastards!
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 01:20 PM
Eh. Wash the swatch and see what happens. So it wears out a bit faster.....
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 01:29 PM
I vote for Duulan baby, too.
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 02:32 PM
I say wash your swatch (you did swatch, right?). I have a yarn with similar content, but apparently being from another mfr (cough *knitpicks* cough) it is not such a delicate flower, and the instructions say to machine wash, and I machine dried the swatch also with no ill effect. As to the sweater itself, can't say as it has been languishing on the needles lo, these many months.
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 03:03 PM
The Knit Night Cupcakes are the cutest things ever. Love them. Try washing the swatch and see what happens. . .
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 03:15 PM
I can see you now!
Don't you hate when something is now how it seems. Your parade has been thouroughly rained upon.
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 06:27 PM
Definitely do a test swatch. How f***d can cotton and microfiber get??
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 06:49 PM
Holy cow--I can't believe those cupcakes! Someone is very talented (and has a lot of patience)! And they're vegan--a-ma-zing!
Saturday, June 09, 2007 at 12:43 AM
That yarn may be too delicate and fancy to knit. If it can hold up to being turned into a swatch, see how it tolerates the washing machine.
Saturday, June 09, 2007 at 07:14 AM
Oh well, on the yarn! Yummy cupcakes.
Saturday, June 09, 2007 at 10:41 PM
Definitely an "Oh crap" moment in knitting. What amazing cupcakes, dayum!
Saturday, June 09, 2007 at 11:19 PM
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