Today I decided that it was about time that I washed some of my woolly sweaters. I have several from Norway that I live in every winter and as the weather has become quite chilly again, I thought it was time to freshen them up a little.
It's quite a job, but one that's well worth the time and trouble if you plan to keep your sweater for any length of time. Woollens tend to be timeless and are an excellent investment even for someone who finds wool itchy. Today I am actually wearing a cream woollen jumper (sweater) with a small stand up collar. To keep the wool away from my skin, I've added a little cream, blue and white cotton scarf. It looks very chic - almost Parisienne in fact!
I have washed four sweaters in luke warm soapy water, rinsed them in cold water in the bathroom sink and placed them between towels on the white tile floor. Walking gently across them in my slippers seems to have squeezed out a fair amount of water and then leaving them for 15 minutes has given the towels time to absorb a lot more. I now have all of them laying flat on airers in the bathtub. Obviously it'll take a few days for them to dry now, but I think they'll be glad of the TLC.
Here's a link to more info about caring for hand knits.
Meanwhile, the sleeves for the Central Park Hoodie are finished and I've just started blocking them. Here's one pinned out on the ironing board about to be covered with a damp tea towel and then gently steamed.
Now I am going to join the shoulder seams (probably using a three needle bind off to get a flatter join) and then it's on to the hoodie.
BTW, please feel free to leave any advice you have on washing woollens or blocking handknits in the comments section. I'd love to hear about your experiences (good or bad) as it's always good to share tips!