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Old 01-10-2012, 01:36 PM   #1
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I was just going to email Sans but thought maybe I wasn't the only one unsure. So if you are lucky enough to get a limited edition collectable Sans knitted item...

Sans, with my socks you had a note that said "I don't have to tell you how to care for wool..."

You do realize you sent these socks to a single guy who doesn't work, last wore long pants to a friends weather over five years ago and "dresses to impress" two cats.

So what is the best way to wash these awesome sock? Hand wash, gentle soap, line dry?
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I'd dry them flat, actually. Line drying will stretch them. Just lay down a towel on the counter or the dryer, then lay the socks down, shaped as desired (don't just leave them crumpled up) and let them dry overnight, turning to make sure that they dry evenly.
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Johnny, you said somewhere that you had spun wool before with spindles even, so I sent wash instructions to Viv, Isa and Vivi O. and left yours out!

Anyway, soak them in cool water with a drop of dish washing liquid (Woolite is actually really bad for handknits, go figure ). When they've soaked a half hour or so, remove them from the water, drain the water, refill the bowl with more cool water, let them soak another ten-twenty minutes. Do not wring them out. Squeeze gently to remove as much water as possible. Then lay them on a fluffy towel, roll the towel up with the socks in it, then press down on the rolled up towel to press out as much water as possible. When that's done, lay them flat to dry.
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So tumble dry on high heat is wrong?







































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I've heard that Woolite cuts out too much oil from natural fibers and is pretty harsh on them. Whether or not this is true, I don't know.
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So tumble dry on high heat is wrong?

Not if you want to make them into baby booties.

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Johnny, you said somewhere that you had spun wool before with spindles even, so I sent wash instructions to Viv, Isa and Vivi O. and left yours out!
I said I spun wool, not that I ever knitted anything
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it has to get cold enough here for me to wear it before i can wash it. its gone below fifty like 2 days so far
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