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Thread: Shrunken woollie :-(

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    Default Shrunken woollie :-(

    DH accidentally shrunk my favourite llamajama wool soaker today. He put it through the washing machine on the rinse cycle. It's shrunk by about an inch and a half on the waist and it's all felted if I soak it in lukewarm water and gently stretch it do you think i can rescue it, or do you think it's permanently shrunk? Poor DH he was just trying to help and now he feels bad


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    You've got nothing to lose by trying.

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    True, I didn't think of it like that!


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    If its felted then I don't like your chances but good luck anyway.

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    There is a way to fix it - I got this from Shannon Lush and it works a treat:
    Put 2 tablespoons of fullers earth (I got some off eBay- it was quite cheap) and put it into a bucket of lukewarm water, swish it about for a few minutes then leave for 15 minutes and rinse in the same temperature water (it is often the rapid change of temp than shrinks wool) Lay it flat on a towel in the shade to dry and as it dries you stretch it gently, make sure you don't stretch them too far. Don't force them too much, go back every 1/2 hour or so and stretch it out a bit more. The fullers earth relaxes all the wool fibers so that you can effectively pull them apart again.

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