Sigh. I have realized that I have completely and totally fallen in love with merino wool. But so far, the only reason I knit with it is for felted items, because I also absolutely LOVE felting! I love the way merino feels when I knit it, and I love that Patons wool knits so beautifully, doesn't cost a lot, and I can almost always find it on sale somewhere.
I'm also in the process of teaching myself how to knit socks (I made it through Amy's entire sock demo on her CD, up until the very end when I tried to do the kitchener stitch and realized my sock was inside out - not sure how that happened
) and I am REALLY wanting to try some cool sock yarn - but it seems most "sock yarns" are made of 75% wool. I'm also wanting to venture out into finally knitting a sweater for myself, after I'm done with all of my holiday knitting. Enter the wool once again. But I know myself all too well - I just cannot see myself making the effort to handwash everything I knit in wool, not matter how much I love the way it feels. (I'm so bad I own very few clothes that need to be ironed! And I have no idea what "dry clean only" means, because if an item says that, I don't buy it.
) It is very possible this will change after I've put my blood, sweat, and tears into a sweater, but I just don't want to take the chance to take all of the time to knit a sweater, that I end up not wearing because I don't want to hand wash it!
So I wanted to know is it actually possible to wash items made with "hand wash" wool in a machine, with cold water wash/rinse, on a very gentle cycle, using Woolite? I know hot/warm water shrinks wool, but will cold water in a gentle cycle do this as well? I wanted to ask some knitting experts
before I screw up something in my machine. Am I destined to only knit things in Lionbrand Woolease? (which I do LOVE, because it is soooooo soft, but it would nice to branch out). I've never used superwash wool - is this just as soft? Ugh. I guess knitting gets so much more complicated when you start venturing away from acrylic yarn!