Boku Yarn from Plymouth

I'm close to finishing a shawl with the "Noro knock off" Boku Plymouth yarn. I'm worried I've made a mistake. It's very pretty, but it's the scratches thing I've ever felt. As I was knitting with it I also had to stop numerous time to try and pull out little bits of well something. Sometimes it was little things that look like pieces of wheat other times little brown things that look like small thorny vines. I bought all the yarn to finish it so I'm going to, but I doubt I'll use Boku again.

Anyone have suggestions on how to soften it up during blocking? It is a mix of wool and silk.



negativitysucks's picture

Add a touch of "leave in conditioner" such as Garnier Fructis (about $4.50 at Target) to the water that you'll soak the shawl in. Put the whole thing into a salad spinner, then block. It will come out remarkably soft.

Just about a tablespoon or two for a sinkful of water should do it.

If you don't have a salad spinner, put the finished project in a mesh bag or a towel and spin it around like a windmill. You will want to do this outside when you're confident neighbors aren't watching.


BuduR's picture

LOL! Now I want to do this just because my neighbors already think I'm crazy, wonder what they'd think of me doing this.

*wanders off to find a mesh bag*

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

You can also put the mesh bag into your wahing machine and run it through the spin cycle a few times. Sometimes, though, you have to be very careful of the older models...the water kicks on before you can stop the machine and take the bag out. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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I usually use Eucalan no rinse wool wash. Would I use the conditioner at the same time, as a separate step, or instead of?


grandfatherknits's picture

I made a blanket out of Boku a couple years ago and hated how scratchy it was and picking all the crap out of the yarn while I knitted it. However - after soaking and blocking - it was soft as butter. Who knew?