Knitwear: Care, packing and storage

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Spring feels like it is just around the corner, and dare I say it, it’s almost time to put the hefty knitwear away for the next few months and throw away the key.

Hiding seasonal clothes is  something I have found really helps me to buy less clothing. I feel like I am getting a whole new wardrobe when I dig out my summer stuff, and I find myself falling back in-love with pieces I had forgotten I had.  I also have a very small amount of wardrobe space, so it gives me a little bit more room to find the clothes I can wear that season. I put most of out of season pieces in suitcases or under the bed to keep it out of the way.  However, there is nothing worse then digging out your knitwear to find a glutton of a moth has dined his whole family out on your cashmere all summer.

Some people swear by storing their jumpers in the freezer, some people use vacuum packs. This is my method of packing my woolen pieces away:

Throughout the whole winter I will never wash my knitwear unless I really need to. I find my wool just does not need/ like a wash. I give it an air if it gets smokey, and a wipe away anything I spill on it but I will rarely give it a proper wash.  Once it is ready to be put away for the next few months, I will give it a hand wash. My mum, who is happy to hold a snake like a baby but is terrified of moths would always drill into us to never put anything back into storage that isn’t clean for fear that they would fester.  I diligently do this every winter by hand in my sink, but most washing machines have a setting for this, I just get nervous with wool and a machine. I use a cap full of Persil Silk and Wool detergent that my mum gave me years ago and once I have rung it out I wrap it in a towel and then hang to dry. Make sure that if your wool is dripping you put it over a bath/ towel or hang on a tiled floor.

Once it is bone dry, and be very careful about this or it can really get musky/ go mouldy if it is at all damp, I put it into a giant plastic sandwich bag. The plastic packaging that online orders come in? These are perfect!  Make sure they are sealed as tightly as possible, I sometimes put a few sprigs of dried lavender in as a moth deterrent and hey presto your knitwear is clean, pack-able and protected for the next year!

 

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