Originally Posted by vaknitter
Last fall I knit a pair of the Fiber Trends felted clogs and they shrunk a little too much so I gave them to my MIL. She has had them about 6 months and this weekend she tells me that she needs a new pair...um why? Well, the pair you made me got so dirty from me wearing them all the time and the dog likes to carry them around so I had to throw them out. WHAT!
Is it possible that she just didn't realize that they could be washed? Maybe she remembered you telling her upon gifting that they had shrunk too much. She may have thought they couldn't be washed more/again as they would be ruined. I would explain to her the amount of time it takes to make a pair and that you will do it for her once again as long as she keeps in mind proper care...
1) Wear them, don't abuse them.
2) Keep them away from the dog.
3) Wash them in cold water and set out to dry.
4) If in doubt, ask. You may be able to offer a solution/repair if necessary.