Sunday, June 26, 2011

What do you do with an itchy sweater?

I finished this sweater for Wild Thing awhile back, but he can't wear it. Even though summer only started a week ago and there may have been a chance before Fall. But no...."itchy, itchy, ITCHY!"  He wouldn't even put it on long enough for me to get a photo. I could tell it would look really great on him though.  I gave it a wash in Woolite, but I don't think it helped much. (sigh)  I was thinking about lining the collar and cuffs in jersey or fleece, but haven't been able to get around to even figuring out the best way to do that.
I'm pretty sad.  I didn't think Wild Thing was sensitive, so even though I am and I thought the wool seemed a bit itchy when I started the sweater, I thought it was just me and my sensitive skin.

Now I feel pretty dumb!

I read online that you can soak a wool garment in hair conditioner to soften it up.  Anyone out there hear of that?  It's definitely worth a try because even if I line the collar and cuffs, the wool can still irritate through a shirt if it is really that scratchy. sheesh!  I may try a vinegar soak first. It's an 85% NZ wool/15% Polyester blend. Any suggestions for softening scratchy itchy wool are very welcome!

I used "Naturally Tussock 14 ply" - I couldn't find anything on Ravelry about itchiness, so who knows.  The pattern is called "Langstroth" - I really like it and it was a pretty easy knit up. I will have to make antoher one in a different yarn (and somewhat bigger) if Wild Thing really won't wear it.

Kind of a downer post. But I'm feeling a little down anyway. I'm in the airport heading to Germany for business for a few days and I feel oddly out of balance about it. I guess with summer activities for the kids, planning for Teen Wonder to visit colleges (or not as it is turning out so far), and not having that "completed project" feeling in awhile, plus countless other factors - well, I'd just rather be staying home.

I hope it doesn't rain.

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