OK I give....

You may remember a few months ago, I completed a behemoth wool afghan. The bad new is that it's yet to be washed. I'm not quite sure how to attack it. The washing part I can handle, I've got a bathtub, but I don't have a spare 40 feet to dry the beastie... my apartment is only 500 ft...
Do I dare put it in a dryer? On air cycle maybe? Any thoughts?


MMario's picture

Can you rig a drying line over the tub and hang it to dry?

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vsidart's picture

I'm afraid it would stretch to even larger than it is!

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I would probably let it drain in the tub until damp/dry and tumble dry on air.....you might get some felting - but from the sounds of it that might be a good thing.

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These two guys will be felting it just saying "Good Night" to each other. Good boys!

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That's not a bad Idea, I will say get some towels and try to squeeze as much water as you can. I would take a sunny day and some plastic bags, go to the park and let it dry out in the sun at least 2 or 3 hours of direct sun will evaporate a lot of the water.

csmfella's picture

You can spin it out in your washing machine...just don't agitate it. In fact I would do it entirely in the washer...put it in and let it fill up. Stop the machine and push it around a little bit by hand....then put in the on the spin cycle...you can even do this a couple of times. I think putting it in the dryer would be a big mistake....is there a park nearby that you could take it to? Take an old sheet with you and spread it out on that.....in the sunshine it should dry quickly.

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Sounds like a great excuse for you and Brad to go to the park for a picnic lunch. [Once he recovers from the flight.] -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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I tell you what... if you guys decide to come up to the Midwest Men's Knitting Retreat, you can wash it in our tub and we'll lay it out at church -- plenty o' room....

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Wonartist66's picture

Putting into washing machine is bad idea for hand-knit item in wool afghan. Don't even think use final spin for all the water out from washing machine. It will damage your hand knit afghan really bad. To stay shape, just hand wash it with fiber wash and Use the big bath towels to squeze out the water as possible.

For drying I wil do like this:
When you go the hard ware store near the wood /Panel area buy some board called "Home-Board". You can find this board easily. It will cost you less then $2.00 by the 2ft or 3ft. The "Home-Board" is white colored board that two side has a soft board and in between does made with thick form material, so easy to pin the afgan.

First, use the wool wash wash the wool afghan by hand then squeze the water out.
Then for your afghan size, buy 3 or 4 of "Home-Board" at hardware store or home store and place the board together and tape it. Make into big one board.
Then pin the wet wool afghan into the "Home Board".
Last, since you have a small Apt so move the pinned borad length side way, place the board has a tall ceiling in your apt then dry it over night (Out Blacony too!) .

That will work perfectly. I also living in small Apt so big hand knit afghan like this it dyes pefectly this way because you can move the board anywhere. I have a tall ceiling and small room too and I can move the board length wide (long side) leave the board side of the well. Also use this board again and again for next your big project like this afghan.

PaganCub's picture

idk if this changes everything, but... i recently wove a scarf using elsebeth lavol silky wool as the warp and noro kureyon as the weft. washed it cold water, full cycle, twice and it never felted. it barely even fulled. i hung it out on the line since out dryer's out of commission, but you can throw your afghan in the dryer on fluff or no heat and be fine

reading your comments, would it really suck that much if it shrunk a little from the dryer :P
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mrossnyc's picture

How about folding it in half and hanging it over the back of the sofa? Flip it over once a day to let the other side get exposed to the air.

BTW, I've washed wool sweaters and afghans on the knit cycle of the washer without any problems.

jwhassjr's picture

Have you given any thoughts to having it dry cleaned? I'd consider the cost to be well worth it considering the amount of time and effort it's going to require to wash and dry.