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August 2017

All About How I Wash My Knits

Because we are all secretly dying to know how everyone else does their laundry.

I’ll be honest. I’m pretty low-tech when it comes to blocking and hand washing my knits. As far as blocking goes, until recently, I’ve just soaked my finished knits in plain ol’ water.


Last winter, when I knit up my poncho, the pattern recommended adding essential oil to the soak. I thought this was brilliant and have being doing this regularly since. (In general, I have become an essential oil devotee of late, having recently purchased this handy diffuser. I have lavender or eucalyptus going At. All. Times. and am looking forward to splurging on new scents soon!)

I try to avoid washing my hand knits by simply keeping them clean and un-stinky, to the greatest extent possible. I wear my tops to work, come home, and take them off right away (before Reed gets me all sticky). Sadly this doesn’t always work, and I did have to wash my new Riverton tee last month. I have a tiny bit of Woolite left from a bottle I purchased over a decade ago (shows how often I hand wash my clothing…) and used that. The color bled like crazy!

Moving forward into modern times…

Graced by a lovely care package of Eucalan delicate wash, I decided to up my blocking game with my latest shawl design. I received a large bottle of Wrapture (the jasmine scent) and a handful of samples of their other delicious scents.

(Between the jasmine soak and my lavender essential oils, my house smells SO GOOD right now.)

Anyway, welcome to my kitchen…

I almost always soak my knits in the kitchen sink. It’s a good excuse to catch up on dishes and tidy up a bit. I fill up the basin with cold water, add my new wool wash (eep!), and soak away.

Now that I have proper wool wash, I feel like such an adult. I hope that isn’t too pathetic given the fact that I am nearing 40! What can I say. Some of our late bloomers.

I am so excited my sparkly white shawl is finally off the needles! It’s done with its jasmine soak and happily drying in the knitting room.

Wrapture, indeed.

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Must See: Hot New Designs for Knit Tees and Tanks


This is always the time of year when I flip the page on the calendar and my heart skips a few beats.

I panic.

The “last” month of summer.

Then I remember the weather is nice for at least another two months and summer is not at all over. Pull it together, Andrea!

I just don’t want it to end. Already, when I get up at six, it’s barely light. Soon it will be dark entirely. Darkness is coming.

But not yet!

So…there’s still time to knit yourself a summer tee! Great news, right?

I love my hand-knit tees, and I find them perfect to wear on coastal summer days. Our afternoons are warm but not too hot, and a hand knit tee is a perfect wardrobe essential.

I want all the tees!

Building on last year’s list of stand out tees, I have curated another short list of my favorite new tee patterns. These are designs were all released very recently and are worth a look.  This year’s list turned out to be quite international (plus NYC), by happenstance! I love the way knitting unites the entire planet. We are One People, held together by yarn.

My New Favorite Knit Tee Designs

Violeta Tank by Beatriz P. Martin. Beatriz is based in Spain and has her own yarn shop. Tanks are fun because they always seem to knit up so quickly!

Holiday by Eri, who is based in Japan. This designs comes with options for short or long sleeves. It’s knit top down. I love how simple and elegant it is.

Anker’s Summer Shirt. This design is from Petite Knit and also worked top down. Mette hails from Denmark where she studies medicine, on top of being a mother. (How do people do it?!!?!  Amazing!). As a petite person, I love the Petite Knit concept.

Top + Bottom Top by Purl Soho. Rarely have I met a Purl Soho design I haven’t liked. They are all so simple and versatile, and their new tank fits the bill as well.

Well knitters, cease these summer days, make yourself a cocktail, find a sunny (but not too hot) spot, and knit away.

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P.P.S. Credits for all photos used in this post are attributed to the respective designers and are re-used here for positive promotional purposes.

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