Thinking out loud from 'The Yarn Kitchen' at Skeinz.com where yarn is created, not made.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The swatch on the right has been washed in my old machine.
I have quickly knitted up a swatch of the Hawkes Bay Series & done a wash test.
As some of the yarn in the blend is machine washable I wanted to see what happened when I threw the swatch in the wash. I put it in my very antiquated machine on a gentle cycle & I have to say I like the result. It has softened the swatch considerably & did not shrink at all. Now I personally recommend hand washing all hand knitted garments, even the MW ones, but for the sake of curiosity we now know what happens. I would think it would continue to softly felt up with continuous washes, but a worthwhile experiment none the less.