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I thought I would take a moment to highlight a traditional technique for cleaning wool blankets. I first learned of it a couple of years ago, but this weekend everything fell into place to give it a try. I had enough time available before work on Sunday to complete the process, and it’s been so cold that the blanket of snow in Roslyn was dry and powdery–important for keeping the blankets from getting soggy.
Step one was to shake out the blankets, and hang them outside for about 30 minutes to acclimate to the temperature. (It was about 14 degrees Farenheit.) Then I spread the blankets on the snow, and used a clean broom to cover them with a layer of snow. Using the flat side of the broom, I then whacked the entire surface, and after that, retreated to the house for 20 minutes.
Returning to the cold, I shook the layer of snow off the blankets, flipped them, and repeated the process on the other side. The last step was to shake off all the remaining snow, and put them over the fence for a final 20 minutes, before bringing them back inside.
Both blankets had been folded and subject to cats sitting on and rubbing against them, so I added a step of tumbling them in the dryer on delicate with some fabric sheets to remove some tenacious hair.
You can read more here. My assessment? Cheap, fun, and effective!
I am uploading the finished pattern to Ravelry as we speak. You can also access it here.
Special thanks to Laurel Dormaier for test knitting!
I finished drafting a hat pattern for Malabrigo Arroyo. It’s based on this picture from a mail order catalog:
Here’s my version, worn by one of the glass heads
and by me
The pattern is in draft form–if you’d like to try it out, click here for the pdf!
McIntosh is a fingering weight blend of superfine alpaca, Merino wool, and nylon, newly available from Apple Fiber Studios of Bellingham, Washington. And what a vivid and lively selection of colors!
I finished Eddy, a CustomFit sweater that flew off the US 9 needles, in spite of the miles of 1×1 ribbing the cowl neck required. Tuscan Aire is a chainette yarn, so it is incredibly airy. Even with that cowl, the entire sweater weighs less than 350 grams. I’m hoping for a day cool enough to wear it soon–it is so cozy. Plymouth has a great free pattern for a cabled cowl with this yarn, too!
And then there is Malt, knit with the delightful Hayfield Baby Blossom Chunky. It was SO much fun to knit this yarn, and it passed the machine wash & dry test with flying colors. Baby Blossom is also available in a selection of fun bright colors, too!
It’s time to make room on the shelves for some new Fall yarns, so check this week’s news for some early info on this weekend’s sale, and check back later in the week for specifics!
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I love the way this single-ply, superwash merino takes color, especially Dream in Color’s color. 18 fresh hues to choose from, from vibrant brights to dark and earthy tones, to the perfect neutrals.