Sigh. I have realized that I have completely and totally fallen in love with merino wool. But so far, the only reason I knit with it is for felted items, because I also absolutely LOVE felting! I love the way merino feels when I knit it, and I love that Patons wool knits so beautifully, doesn't cost a lot, and I can almost always find it on sale somewhere. :teehee:
I'm also in the process of teaching myself how to knit socks (I made it through Amy's entire sock demo on her CD, up until the very end when I tried to do the kitchener stitch and realized my sock was inside out - not sure how that happened :?? ) and I am REALLY wanting to try some cool sock yarn - but it seems most "sock yarns" are made of 75% wool. I'm also wanting to venture out into finally knitting a sweater for myself, after I'm done with all of my holiday knitting. Enter the wool once again. But I know myself all too well - I just cannot see myself making the effort to handwash everything I knit in wool, not matter how much I love the way it feels. (I'm so bad I own very few clothes that need to be ironed! And I have no idea what "dry clean only" means, because if an item says that, I don't buy it. :teehee: ) It is very possible this will change after I've put my blood, sweat, and tears into a sweater, but I just don't want to take the chance to take all of the time to knit a sweater, that I end up not wearing because I don't want to hand wash it!
So I wanted to know is it actually possible to wash items made with "hand wash" wool in a machine, with cold water wash/rinse, on a very gentle cycle, using Woolite? I know hot/warm water shrinks wool, but will cold water in a gentle cycle do this as well? I wanted to ask some knitting experts :notworthy: before I screw up something in my machine. Am I destined to only knit things in Lionbrand Woolease? (which I do LOVE, because it is soooooo soft, but it would nice to branch out). I've never used superwash wool - is this just as soft? Ugh. I guess knitting gets so much more complicated when you start venturing away from acrylic yarn! :rofl: