Seasonal Shift: Caring for Knits Before Packing Away for Spring

Ah, spring! With the changing of seasons, it’s worth taking the time to properly care for your winter knits - all those hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters and heavy socks that you hopefully won't be wearing again for another 6 months!  Here is our step-by-step guide to making sure that your knits look fantastic when you go back to them in the fall:
  1. Gather together all the knit and crocheted garments and accessories that you are putting away until the fall, as well as your favourite wool wash, and some clean towels. 
  2. Wash everything. We recommend using Eucalan or Soak wash for your knits, and you can often wash many items at the same time in a large sink. Wet block and/or reshape your items while laying them flat to dry away from heat and light, on large clean towels or blocking mats. Try to keep them somewhere that your pets aren't until they are dry!
  3. Take the time to de-pill the items, especially ones that got the most wear during the winter season. We recommend the Gleener, but you can use whichever tool you have handy to help remove fuzz and pills from your knits. 
  4. Make sure everything is completely dry before putting them away. Store items in air-tight storage containers, or vacuum sealed storage bags. If hanging items, do not hang any heavy long sleeved items like your sweaters, as the hangers will leave dents in the shoulders.
  5. No one likes to think that they will get moths, but it happens. Even if you have never had any they are truly everywhere, especially in big cities and dense urban enters. It's extremely difficult to get rid of moths once they discover you have all kinds of delicious knits and a nice healthy yarn stash, so preventative care is really worth the effort. If you store out-of-season clothes somewhere like a garage, shed, attic, or storage locker you should definitely use airtight storage containers that are completely sealed and are not easily opened by intrepid raccoons or crawled into by clever tiny moths. 
For more tips, come in into the store- we are happy to talk to you about how to best keep your stash and knits looking their best all through the year, and keeping them safe from any critters, too!
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