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Throw it in the Dryer?

October 3, 2009


I was just at an Alpaca Event at Ranch of the Oaks. Check out their yarn here.But I was talking to someone who knitted with my yarn and she said she threw it in the dryer. I’m talking about Darn Good Yarn’s Premium Recycled Silk.

Click here to check out the yarn!

Click here to check out the yarn!

I just about fainted when I heard that. You see, I’m a total wus when it comes to my hand-knitted items. I have so little time to make them that they become treasured little nuggets so I “baby” them. But I figured I had to try this out…for the sake of all you out there feverishly crafting away with this great yarn!

So normally I tell people that if you want to wash your garment you can pick from this list: dry clean, dryel (the dry cleaning process you can do in your dryer), hand wash in cold water or throw your item in the machine with like colors on the delicate cycle with cold water.

And then to dry, I tell people to lay flat.

Well, for my experiment, I threw a swatch knitted up in stockinette stitch into the wash with like colored clothes on a …**gasp** normal cycle. Yes, I even had jeans in there!

I took it out, not bad…could this be a Darn Good Breakthrough?

Now onto the dryer…

I threw everything into the dryer on regular heat and all. My result… it held its shape pretty well. It did get a little fuzzy but it did make it reaaaaaaally soft. I like the result! Here are some before and after pictures. Hope they help you!

Before Washing DGY's Recycled Silk

Before Washing DGY's Recycled Silk

Now keep this in mind too. When I took these photos, you will notice the “after” swatch is upside down. There actually really wasn’t that much loss in shape, my knitting was what didn’t have any shape to begin with:)

After Washing & Drying DGY's Recycled Silk

After Washing & Drying DGY's Recycled Silk


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  1. Bonni says:

    Hi Again,
    That was me at NAFD chatting about the amazing wonderful washability of silk sari yarns.
    I’m glad you tried it, and isn’t is “oooh, aaah” soft that way.
    Funny & exciting news, I won! I was the lucky winner of the sari silk yarn from the drawing!
    ~Doing a little happy dance~
    So I had to pop in to say “Thank you!” for my awesome prize.
    I can’t wait to pet it and knit it up! When I get a chance I’ll send you a couple of my “go to” patterns for SS yarn.
    Thank you again!

    • nicole says:

      Super awesome!!!!!!! Yeaaa! And thanks to you and Mette (I’m blaming both of you) I think I’m going to get a wheel this week… because I really need another hobby:)

      Hope you have fun with the yarn!

      • Bonni says:

        PM me on Ravelry (or E-mail me)and I can put you in touch with some great deals on wheels.
        And you are welcome to blame me; I’m the chief enabler in our neck of the woods. I prefer to call it “support” though. It makes such a difference…
        Glad you are going to take up meditation/spinning. They are practically synonymous in my mind.
        Have fun!

  2. Laura says:

    I’ve heard conflicting reports. Is it necessary to wash the sari silk yarn before knitting it up?



    • nicole says:

      No, unless you get really bad quality… then it will probably stink… in that case you’d want to wash it. But if you buy your recycled silk from Darn Good Yarn you’ll never have the “stink” problem and you can start crafting with it right away!

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