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Friday, September 03, 2004

Swatch-wash: Round 2

Round 2 results for swatching/washing of Valley Yarns 2/8 Merino Wool/Cashmere Blend, swatched double stranded in moss stitch:

Needle Size US#8
After 2nd washing: 18st/4in, 7.5rows/in

Needle Size US#7
After 1st washing: 19st/4in, 8rows/in

The swatches have been washed again and hopefully the one made with #7 needles will shrink down to 20st/4in.


  • What about the possibility of washing the whole batch of yarn before you work with it? The way you would wash finished hand-spun yarn to set the twist: Hank it, make butterfly ties, gentle handwash (soaking, no aggitation) in cool water, press water out thru a collander and lay them out on a towel to dry. That might take the sizing out and give you a better idea of the garment size during knitting.

    I am looking forward to seeing the cashmere!

    By Blogger spinnity, at 9/03/2004 1:58 PM  

  • I've thought about that. In fact, Natalie ( is going to wash the yarn before knitting, so I'll see how that goes for her. I'm not sure that soaking is going to do it.

    By Blogger Bogie, at 9/04/2004 10:57 AM  

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