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Old 12-07-2005, 12:00 PM   #1
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the care and feeding of a cotton chenille facecloth
Okay, so I have made a couple totally yummy basic facecloths from Crystal Palace cotton chenille. Ideally, I'd like to start making these as gifts (eventually branching out to make the flower-shaped ones in Weekend Knitting), as well as convert to only these facecloths myself. Problem is they are supposed to be handwashed! (or drycleaned! yeah, right. )

I just handwashed them and they do not look clean to me. I will try again once they dry (which I'm sure will take a while). I'm kind of hesitant to give something like this as housewarming gifts and then tell the people they have to handwash them! I mean, who handwashes their washcloths?

Does anyone else make these? How do you care for them? Is it possible to put them in the washer on delicate cycle? I really, really love them and I don't like working with non-natural fibers, so switching to nylon chenille (or whatever the non-natural option is) just doesn't appeal.

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Old 12-07-2005, 12:17 PM   #2
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I haven't used that yarn...but it is 100% cotton...I would try to wash it. If you don't want to throw one of your cloths in, just knit a little swatch and try it first. If it doesn't wash well, I would try a different cotton for gift cloths...you're right, no one wants to hand wash a face cloth!
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Old 12-07-2005, 12:39 PM   #3
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Glad you brought this up! I was thinking of using this for gifts as well. :thinking:
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Old 12-07-2005, 06:15 PM   #4
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I've made severa lof the flowers as gifts, but haven't washed them yet. I guess I should bite the bullet and do a test wash. I'll let you all know if/when I find anything out.
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Old 12-08-2005, 09:35 AM   #5
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Carol, do let us know how it turns out! I think I'll throw mine in the wash later today to test as well. They are already messed up anyway (somehow got bleached in places b/c of a face product I washed off my face that had peroxide in it ). Will let y'all know how it turns out....
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Maybe stick 'em in one of those lingerie-washing bags??
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Good idea, KellyK! I always wash my "handwash only" bras that way, and have never had a problem. Thanks!

(am assuming I will still need to line dry - do y'all agree?)
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I don't know...since it's messed up anyway, I'd dry it so you'll know for sure on future ones.
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Good idea, kemp. Will do!
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Let us know how it turns out! Maybe you should have a before and after pic in case something *interesting* happens (which hopefully will just be that you CAN indeed wash and dry this yarn)
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