Wow! I can see why you needed to wash it. I have used Malabrigo only once. I used an indigo blue color, so I couldn't really distinguish what was dirt and what was dye when I washed it. BTW, I really like the shawl. I think the natural wool works very nicely with the pattern. What about the drape? Did the size nine needles create a nice drape? I used a size 8 on mine, but I think I might go up to size 9 on the next one.