Your alpaca knit will go a long way if you treat it right
Handwashing is always the best and safest method for washing alpaca. Dry-cleaning solvents and enzyme-containing detergents may degrade the yarns. Follow these steps for clean your alpaca knit :
1. Fill a washbasin or sink with cool water and add some shampoo or soft detergent.
2. Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap. Soak for up to 20 minutes. Please, DO NOT wring or stretch the wool when wet. Wool is wonderfully elastic, but it can be pulled out of shape permanently if handled carelessly while being washed.
3. Finally, dry woolens flat to keep them from elongating.
What if I pull a thread?!
First, DON’T PANIC! Yes, it’s not pretty, but it can be fixed 🙂 If the pulling wasn’t hard you will probably be able to gently pulled it back into place with the help of a blunt needle (a final touch with the iron will help it stay in place as if nothing happened). If you pulled it badly (because of a zipper accident or other), it can still be put back into place again with the needle, but it will take a little longer since you’ll have to do it by parts until the whole row is back into place. A quick solution in some cases is pull the yarn through to the underside, using a small crochet hook. Just, never cut the thread! You’ll end up with a hole.
At the end of the day, it’s always better to be mindful when you wear long earings or necklaces that may hook with the yarn 🙂
What if I get pills (little balls) ?!
When wool fibers become loose, they form little balls or pills. Pilling is a direct result of friction (which naturally occurs with movement), a lot of wool items in the market are blended in order to avoid it, 98% natural fiber + 2% elasthane, the synthetic component makes them more resistant to friction. We have deliberately avoided any fiber blend, we believe in the richness of natural fibers & have kept this item free of industrial treatment. Pilling may occur as a result of this choice, but there are ways to deal with it: a sweater comb will come in handy, but a small pair of scisssors or a razor blade will also do the trick. Just be carefull of not going to close to the surface.