I’ve been through a little bit more than I expected over the last month. First, an upper respiratory infection and then, throwing my back out have had me down for the count. I’ve been flat on my back on the couch. It has been frustrating. One bright side, however, was getting all the knitting done on a new chunky sweater – so satisfying.
I wanted to use the finished sweater as an opportunity to share how to block a sweater using the delicate fabric wash, Eucalan. I’m in love with this soap and can’t wait to start washing all my delicates in it. I’m going to take you through how to block a sweater with Eucalan step by step below.
First, did you know it’s best to block your sweater in parts? That way you know the actual shape of the pieces before you sew them together. Next, blocking does wonders for wool, especially! When you soak wool in water, the fiber blooms and fills out. Finally, you’ll find uneven stitches will magically disappear and the wool will look extra luscious.
This method is not the only way to block knits. Here’s a shortcut alternative here.
The Eucalan soap smells delicious. I used the Eucalyptus scent, but it also comes in Grapefruit, Unscented, Lavender, and Jasmine. I’m super sensitive to chemical fragrance but was not bothered at all by this soap. Scented with essential oil, it doesn’t have the harsh overwhelming smell of many scented things. I like using the Eucalyptus because it is a natural moth and flea inhibitor, so it is perfect to protect my lovely handmade knits. Each scent has its own qualities. You can buy a combo pack here or find larger bottles here.
Doesn’t the pile look so pretty? I’m so excited to put this sweater together. It’s all so soft and cozy. I can’t recommend Eucalan enough. First, the company has been around for 25 years. Second, the lovely smell and the no-rinse formula have won me over. I plan on washing all my delicates in it from now on (that is when I get around to it!) Does anyone else have the pile of delicates waiting and waiting for a wash?
Finally, I should be getting back in the swing of things around here. I’ll have a bunch of fun posts for you through the holiday season! Looking forward to sharing some good fibery goodness!
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