caring for your lambswool

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It doesn’t matter how much I know about wool, I’ll always get a little bit nervous before washing a wool piece of clothing I really love. Traumatic experiences with shrunken sweaters and other pos-washing accidents have left me to think something horrible is bound to happen to that garment I picked out so carefully. The thing is, it’s useless to stand by the principle of investing in well crafted clothing if I’m not going to take care of it properly, and when it comes to washing wool, I know from my own experience that it’s not that easy to find the right information.
That’s what caught my attention in this little Donna Wilson’s lambswool comb. Besides being a basic tool to have around, something nice and gentle to remove the wool pillings that are bound to appear, Donna also added a couple of instructions on how to take care of a lawbswool item properly.
I thought that this was so well done that I just wanted to share it with other people that suffer from post traumatic stress disorder caused by the unintentional destruction of a favourite wool garment. So, here it is:
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Não importa o quanto eu saiba sobre lã em geral, fico sempre um bocadinho nervosa antes de lavar uma peça em lã de que goste muito. Experiências traumáticas com camisolas encolhidas e outros acontecimentos pós-lavagem deixam-me sempre a pensar que vai acontecer algo horrível àquela peça que escolhi com tanto cuidado. A verdade é que não adianta de nada investir em boas peças de roupa se não cuidar delas adequadamente e, no que diz respeito a lavar lã, sei por experiência própria que é muito difícil encontrar a informação correcta. Foi exactamente isso que me chamou a atenção neste pente para lã da Donna Wilson (para remover o borboto), que além de ser uma daquelas ferramentas indispensáveis, vem com instruções dedicadas à boa manutenção de peças em lã. Achei que estavam tão bem resumidas e a informação era tão útil que decidi partilhar isto com outras pessoas que possam sofrer de stress pós-traumático causado pela destruição acidental da sua camisola favorita de lã. Por isso, aqui fica:

Caring for your lambswool

Natural fibres like lambswool and wool are both highly durable and environmentally friendly. There used to be a time when the lambswool sweater was thought of as a piece of work clothing used by fishermen, sailors, farmers – in fact people from all walks of life. With great care the strong, natural qualities of lambswool can be maintained for many years. Here are some tips to insure the lasting beauty of your lambswool.

* Use a damp sponge to remove spills and try not to wash your lambswool too often.
* Remove spots and stains promptly.
* Store lambswool items gently folded in drawers with mothballs or in a sealed plastic bag.
* The best temperature to wash lambswool is cool water.
* Once you add your wool item, either let it sit in the basin with water, or swirl it delicately in the water.
* Never agitate the water, or rub the item too hard, because it will lead to felting and shrinkage. Don’t ever twist or wring out a wool item – it will quickly lose its shape and resilience.
* Use a mild detergent with a pH level below 7. Dishwashing liquid works wonders at cleaning wool, because it is almost alkaline; otherwise a gentle, non-bio fabric detergent will work.
* All well loved and well used wool items will start to ‘pill’ (produce little fluff balls) to remove these stroke your lambswool with this anti pilling comb. “

The instructions on how to take care of your lambswool belong to Donna Wilson.