I’ve been asked a couple of times recently what I knit with and how I wash my knitted things. Easy. Firstly almost everything I knit is made from 100% wool or cotton. I’m not a fan of knitting with acrylic as it doesn’t feel as nice as I’m knitting with it and there is just something about using natural materials that I like. But in saying that we have some gorgeous little knits that have lasted very well knitted by other people (hi Nana Shirley) that have been super easy to care for and lasted well and not been wool or cotton. So it’s up to you. I love everything my nana makes and she always picks up some great yarns when she is in Hawaii so it’s all personal choice.
Now when it comes to what brands I use. Well as you know I am a huuuuuuge fan of Bendigo Woollen Mills (and no they don’t sponsor me) and you can’t beat them for value. And if you’re ever in Bendigo (or the state of Victoria as I prefer to squeeze a visit in) then you really should go and visit the mills. Their back room is the best. THE BEST! I don’t know anyone who has come out of that room empty-handed. I love the place. Retro daddy does not love the place. He is probably doing the mental calculations of how I will find room for new purchases given the current size of ‘le stash’.
When it comes to knitting for babies and as gifts I love to use debbie bliss baby cashmerino and am also loving hand dyed yarns especially Little Plum Yarns at the moment and I also love malabrigo and madelinetosh. Baby knits don’t use much yarn so it’s always lovely to use something a bit more special and you can get more unique colours and just end up with something that really is a one off.
Now when it comes to washing my woollens I always used to be so precious and handwash everything. My nana tells me that my mum ALWAYS handwashed all the little knitted things made for us. Anyway now that I have 5 little ones and a never ending washing basket (I’m not exaggerating by the way!). Well, I found I never got to the handknits so for most of them I pop them in the machine on the woollens setting and they come out lovely.
I only put other woollens in with them and I lay them out flat on a clothes rack to dry. For my cotton knits I just chuck them in with the same colour and am a little less precious. I also prefer to put my Bendigo Cotton in the dryer as it tends to lose it’s shape easily and the dryer works a bit better.
Got a question just ask. Always happy to share the love. I’m also always happy to share baby photos. I like to squeeze one or two in there every now and then.
this pattern is Jane by tiKKi (details on ravelry here) which I knit up in Debbie Bliss cotton dk. It’s beautiful and has kept it’s shape really well. Such a lovely pattern and I might need to make another one for Elodie as this one is getting a bit small now.