Portland is full of beautiful, turn-of-the-century Craftsman bungalows. They are charming, stately, historic... and usually have very very very small bathrooms. One Twistedista has taken to using a Stasher bag to wash handknits instead of tying up the bathroom sink. Turns out it's both easier and much-appreciated by her person, who sometimes needs to use the sink, too, apparently.
Here's a quick and dirty how-to video about this method to get your handknits quickly clean. :)
Step 1: Gather Supplies
- Eucalan is great for conditioning woolens
- Soak gently cleans all fiber types
- A Stasher bag is key! The stand-up bag is shown here
- Dry towels
- Something to wash
Step 2: Fill 'er Up
- Fill bag with cool or tepid water - not hot
- Gently squeeze water through item - do not agitate or stretch
- Let sit about 5 minutes
- Squeeze water through item again
- Let sit again
Step 3: Take it Out
- Squeeze out water - do NOT wring
- Wrap item in a dry towel
- Squeeze out as much water as possible
Step 4: Block
- Set item to dry so that it assumes its best possible shape.
- For a hat, that might mean putting it on a bowl.
- For lace, that can mean blocking wires or pins.
- For a lot of things, that just means laying it out carefully on dry towels.
- Put it somewhere with good airflow that isn't in direct sun.