The before picture
Thursday February 16th 2023, 10:55 pm
Filed under: Knit

The good part about mill ends is what you can get for the price. The bad part about mill ends is that you then have to make a decision: do you scour the coating out before or after you knit it? Wind off, use the hottest soapy water you can stand, hang to dry, wind it back up–it’s a lot less work to just sit down with the cone and go. But there’s a lot less pleasure in cashmere when it feels like dried hair mousse as it runs through your hands.

Or when you’re knitting in public and explaining that no, it really is going to feel like what it is when I’m done.

If you pre-wash, you pre-shrink. You also get rid of the graying effect and get to see what the actual color underneath is.

Which is why when I knit the second half of this cone it is definitely going to be pre-washed. This one so much deserved to be. What a difference.

The cowl is drying now, soft, enticing, a truer blue, and just so perfect. As it was going to be all along.

(Translation: Hey! You guys! This IS nice stuff! In real life–now!)


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Beautiful! (and the cowl is pretty, too) 🙂

Comment by Anne 02.16.23 @ 11:34 pm

How gorgeous! I love that color.

Comment by Pegi F 02.17.23 @ 7:14 am

So beautiful.
I have never bought this way – yarn chicken if a different kind I guess 😉

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 02.17.23 @ 8:05 am

That is beautiful! I would never be able to stand knitting with it in its prewashed state, though: either have to wash it first, or just, you know, knit with something else (the lazy way around the problem).

Comment by ccr in MA 02.17.23 @ 8:30 am

Beautiful, even in its before state.

Comment by DebbieR 02.18.23 @ 10:43 am

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