Your knits take time and heart to make, take good care of them and they’ll take care of you back:
At The Rare Creature you might notice we love beautiful things. What we love even more is taking care of them so they can last a long time. Here are some tips we’ve learned and picked up over time that we hope you'll find helpful.
HAND WASHING: Use clean, lukewarm water about 30°C with a mild and gentle detergent like The Laundress wool & Cashmere Shampoo (good for alpaca, but not necessary for cotton). Allow to soak for 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly 1st in lukewarm warm, then finally in cool water. Other detergent like Soak and Eucalan are also great choices as they can be left in so no worries about thorough rinsing.
DRYING: Wrap wet knit item in a clean or new towel (if using new, make this your dedicated knits drying towel so it stays free of bodily oil and left over laundry detergent) Then press any excess water out. Do not twist or rub. Avoid direct sunlight. Then lay knit item flat on towel to dry or special garment drying mesh screens which are designed to fit over the bath tub (these tend to speed up the drying process as it allows more air to travel easily).
STORING: Make sure items are clean and completely dry before storing. Store in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight. Lavender, rosemary, cedar blocks or Moth Away can be used for protection against moths. Knit items should be stored flat in a folded manner.
PILLING: Turning your knit inside out when washing will reduce pilling. You can use an electronic de-pilling device or a comb-like tool called the Sweater Stone to effectively remove pills. When de-pilling, make sure to do it gently as not to cut into and damage your knits.
FREEZING: If you do find your knits with moth holes freezing is a great way to kill any bugs/bacterias that you think might be contaminating your precious knits. We’d recommend a good 24-hour freezing time just to make sure.