One of the many benefits of wool is that unless it’s actually dirty, you can just air it for a day or two and any smell will disappear. If there is a stain, just spot wash the area affected. If you look after your wool well, it will keep you warm and cosy for years to come!
It is recommended that you hand wash your woollen scarves, hats or jumpers; do not machine wash.
To hand wash, use lukewarm water and a delicate detergent suitable for wool. Turn garment inside out & very gently move the item in the water- do not rub or agitate as this may felt the wool. Try to keep all rinses the same temperature, as changing it may shock the wool and cause it to felt and shrink. Once it is rinsed, very gently squeeze out the excess water. Do not wring. Place flat on a towel, away from direct heat. Once dry, press with an iron on a low heat.
Hand wash or machine wash 30 degrees or lower on a delicate/ hand wash setting. Pull out to shape & air dry.
Pilling is a natural process that happens to all natural yarns after a certain period of wear.
Pilling is the bobbling effect that occurs when fibres become knotted together. It’s caused by friction during wear or by the build-up of static electricity underneath other garments.
These bobbles – known as ‘pills’ – can either be picked off or shaved off using a wool razor or lambswool comb. These are easily purchased for just a few of pounds (Toast sells a non-plastic option)- just be careful when using it so as not to damage the knit.
It’s a common misconception that yarns that pill, do so because they are cheaply made and tatty. Often, this is not the case at all. Pilling (or bobbling) is entirely expected when it comes to superb, all-natural knitwear. In actual fact, pilling authenticates your knits’ natural credentials. And remember the softer the yarn, the more likely it is to pill. 9 times out of 10, pilling will slow and stop on its own.
How to use a pilling comb
Simply pull the fabric slightly taut, and use the comb to lightly brush the bobbles away
Storing your woollens
If you are planning to store your knitwear for a long time, place it in a sealed plastic bag. This will help guard it against moths. Lavender & cedar balls are both natural moth deterrents. If you suspect moth damage, put your piece into the freezer for 24 hours to kill any moths or eggs they may have laid. I recommend that you store your knitwear flat, as hanging it up will result in stretching.