All of us know people who prefer clothes made from cotton, synthetic or artificial yarns, because – they fear the care or cleaning of woolens (and silks). Surprisingly, though raised by my grandmother in Norway (and mormor was a master of most handarbeider [hand work], and a graduate of a husmorskole [literally “house mother school” – aka a home economics academy], my mother was one of them.
But care of wool isn’t as hard as people seem to think. (My mother must have missed that class at husmorskole.) Remember that wool comes from the back of animals who frolic in the sun, rain and wind; they also roll in the mud and dirt. People have been wearing wool for much longer than they’ve had washing machines and dry cleaning establishments. (Source of pic)
Here are some hints on the wear and care of woolens.
First, a few basics:
Avoid Woolite. In every fiber class I’ve had, the instructor seems to work that into the first five minutes. It is very alkaline and, over time, damages wool.
My mormor (grandmother) told me:
* Never ever have my wool sweaters dry cleaned. Chemical cleaning is bad for wool.
* Don’t think I have to wash woolen sweaters as soon as I wear them.
* When I come home and take off woolens clothes, do not immediately fold and tuck them away; allow them to air out (and dry).
* Do not store sweaters on hangers. Keep them folded on a shelf or in a chest.
Next post: cleaning tips!