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ANNE'S ADVICE FOR SUCCESSFUL WOOL WASHING

I do lots of stuff with wool, dyeing and plying, as well as ordinary washing and wearing it. I have a separate spin dryer, which I  bought especially to have for skeins, as if you wash by hand it can take a long time to get it dry, and I found that the yarns could get a bit odd smelling if they took too long to dry. I ensure that skeins are twisted into a ball, and that there are no ends left - sometimes things are put into those net washbags for delicates and tights, or larger things go into pillow cases. I have never had any damage done by the spinner, and it is so handy for those bits of washing that are needed in half an hour - please mum, and it must keep the dryer times down. I put things from the washer into the spinner, and get significant amounts of water out - enough to have things dry overnight on a rail which would be still damp otherwise. I use water which is just warm for washing and rinsing, having this handy sensor on the end of each arm, so the wool is not shocked into shrinking. I find one of the easiest things to use is a small amount of hair shampoo with conditioner for washing and a tiny bit of vinegar in the last rinse - wool likes to be slightly acid.  The conditioner counteracts felting to some extent.


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