Cotton and wool.
Caring for your knits.
Proper care will elongate the life of your garments. All items were made with love and taking time to care for them with love will ensure they last a long, long time.
As a rule, hand washing in cold or tepid water will always lengthen the life of garments. However many of our items are made so that you can wash in the machine. Please see below for specifics.
Wool is naturally antibacterial, and does not need to be laundered very often.
Our merino is machine washable. It will not shrink or felt. Please wash in cold water.
This helps with color fastness and is gentler on the fibers. Tap cold is fine. Do not put in the dryer. Do not hang dry. Lay flat on a towel, and reshape, and let dry. When you can, dry outside out of direct sunlight.
We like detergent that is gentle and made for wool. Eucalin makes a lovely one as does the Laundress.
Please note: some garments contain high saturated and high contrast colors (i.e. bright red with white). Because of this, color bleeding is unavoidable. We recommend spot cleaning or dry cleaning for these garments. We have noted these items on the product pages but if you have any doubt feel free to contact us.
Storing wool and alpaca:
Always wash your woolens before storing for long periods of time. Moths love dirty wool.
Store in an airtight container. Lavender or cedar are natural moth repellants.
Pima Cotton: Is machine washable. Please check labels carefully. For some pima garments we have used natural plant based dyes. They are lovely and the most earth friendly you can get. When visiting the farm outside LIma where we do these dyes, our host put his hand into a dye bath and drank it. Because it was just mango. Not something I recommend, but illustrating how gentle these dyes are. However, we have found the color to be less color fast and a little delicate. I.e. some fading may occur in prolonged sunlight, or over washing. We have tried to use these dyes sparingly and in ways that are practical for a normal lifestyle with kids. When we use industrial dyes, they are always low impact.