Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Episode 24: Are you Soak worthy?

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Doggie Bit:
-Frankie is staying! Talk more about Frankie, Jackjack, and Abigail Grace.
Off the needles/bobbins:
-nothing spinning finished
-Monkey socks ( rav link) by Cookie A in Dream in Color Smooshy Spring Tickle colorway

On the needles/bobbins:
-Entrelac Sock (rav link) by Eunny Jang in Araucania
-Weaver's Wool Mini Shawl(rav link) out of the citrus yarn for my sister Gina.
-inspired by Grace, who has great shawl patterns!
-fingerless gloves for co-worker
-my dad's vest, The Subtle Stripe by Lara Killian in Knitpicks Swish DK

Barknknit Time:
-Mother-in-law visited
-Special K's birthday

Spinning Bit:
-skipped

Knitting Bit:
-Friends of Emma Charity knitting project.

Soak Interview:
-website
-blog
-ravelry group
-Jacqueline on twitter

Are you Soak Worthy contest.
-leave a comment in the shownotes telling us one or both of the following:
1. How do you wash your wool? fiber? yarn? hand knits?
2. tips to share on wool washing.

Thank you Joey & Ullie Dugan and Sonnyandshear.com.

Thank you Jacqueline from Soak for the great interview

Thank you for listening and please leave me a comment here or feel free to leave a review on Itunes.

Happy Knitting, Spinning, Dog Training.

22 comments:

Courtney said...

Great Podcast! I was my wool and knits in Eucalan :-) I have not tried Soak yet...Ya Frankie stays!

Stephanie said...

I wash my hand knits in normal detergent or wool-lite, first I let it soak in the sudsy water for a few minutes then I empty the water and gently rinse my projects under running water and do a final soak in the sink with no soap. I don't really have any tips but I'm looking forward to some posts with tips =)

Martha said...

Frankie is one lucky dog, finding you. great podcast. I've want to try Soak, I've heard great things of it. Right now I wash in Eucalan, needs no rinse and lay it out to dry. No special tricks, but would love to hear some.

Born2knitnpurl said...

great interview, I had not heard of Soak before. I have been using Eucalan on my knitting items. I wouldn't mind trying it out.
:-)

Monica said...

I actually use Soak for all my handknits =) I especially love the citrus scent, which is really wonderful. I just fill up a plastic bucket with a gallon of cool water and then toss in a little Soak - a little definitely goes a long way! I let it sit for a while, and then I use my large-size Shamwow to get all the water out of the knit before blocking (if needed) and drying. I really like the no-rinse aspect of Soak, which really minimizes any possibility of felting through agitation (I'm totally paranoid).

Michwelle said...

My Mom always used Wool-Lite and so did I. Since I started knitting again I use Ecualan or Soak, but I'm beginning to prefer Soak.

jordynn said...

I've used Eucalan, but before I got that I just used shampoo. I figured if it was okay for human hair it would be okay for wool, no? It seemed to work okay. I have not tried Soak--I haven' seen it at any of my LYS yet...

JC said...

I've got a sample of soak but I haven't had an occasion to use it yet. I want to savor it.

Turtle said...

i also use euclean. i have not tried soak as of yet but would love to. ( i always laugh as soak has been my business name for the last 4 years, i do natural nail care, etc) I usually just soak the knitwear and then block to clean. I would love to hear tips from others as i am all self taught so.... hints gals!!

Kristen said...

I'm a new knitter, still making hats and scarves and infrequently washed items. So I haven't actually washed any of them! I do have a small sample of soak that I intend to try when I finally make a sweater or get something dirty. :)

Erin said...

I've been washing and soaking my wool knits in Eucalan... and before that some Wool-Lite. The Eucalan also doubled as a lanolinizer for my daughter's wool soakers!

brownbear said...

I've been using Eucalan. I have a sample of Soak, but I'm saving it (not sure for what special occasion exactly.) I use my washing machine and set it to soak. Then I spin it out to get most of the water out and lay it flat to dry.

cksknitter said...

I throw my superwash wool socks right into the washer and dryer. Otherwise, I use whatever wool soak I have a sample of for handwashing other items.
Chrissy at knittoday(at)hotmail(dot)com

TripletMom said...

I have used Wool-Lite, but was told at my LYS not too so I will be trying Eucalan next:)

helenlam said...

Superwash items are washed with my regular laundry detergent or Woolite on the gentle cycle of my front-loading machine. Anything else just gets a little swish in the sink with Woolite. I've yet to try the specialty wool washes, though I'd love to!

AmIAKnitterYet said...

I wash my hand knits in baby liquid baby soap. I soak them then rinse or soak in fresh water, rinse again. Can't wait to read other's comments. I often don't wash things because I am nervous of ruining them...

Nancy said...

I use Soak (Floral scent). Works really well and I love not having to rinse!

knittinwolf said...

Awesome podcast...as always!!!! I love SOAK...first found it through Woolgirl.com. I use it for all my delicates, for my hand knit socks, hand knit everything, for my handspun after I spin. It's also great for stains...if you pour some straight on a stain and let it sit it usually comes out!! Love it!

Dove Knits said...

I wash my wooly handknits in shampoo with a bit of conditioner. Whatever shampoo I have laying around the house is what gets used. I add a bit to lukewarm water in a bucket or sink, swish it around, and leave my woolies to soak for an hour or so. Occasionally I'll squish the wool to make sure it gets through all the fibers. Then I pour off the soapy water, scrunch up my knits in a ball and squeeze out the excess, and gently (making sure not to hit the fabric) pour in fresh water. Squish to rinse, pour off water, repeat. Finally, the clean, rinsed garment is squished to get the water out, rolled in a towel, and laid out flat to dry on a fresh towel.

Julianne said...

I was my superwash items in the washing machine, inside out, then lay them on top of the dryer to dry. For non superwash items, I fill a bowl with water and add a few drops of eucalan or soak (whichever I have on hand) and let it soak for a few minutes then roll it in a towel and blot some of the water out then lay it flat to dry on a towel. I guess my tip would be to turn socks inside out in the washing machine, it makes the socks pill on the inside instead of the outside.

Angie said...

I really like your podcast, especially the stories about the pups. My dog is a little Parson Russell terrier that needed a new home about four years ago, she is great, I'm always expecting her to start talking:) I wash my sweaters in whatever liquid detergent is handy, but I would love to try Soak. My tip is: roll your sweater up like a jelly roll in a towel to get the majority of the water out, then lay flat to dry. This really helps the shape.

angie said...

I really like your podcast, especially the stories about the pups. My dog is a little Parson Russell terrier that needed a new home about four years ago, she is great, I'm always expecting her to start talking:) I wash my sweaters in whatever liquid detergent is handy, but I would love to try Soak. My tip is: roll your sweater up like a jelly roll in a towel to get the majority of the water out, then lay flat to dry. This really helps the shape