How to Wash Your Alpaca Knit

By: Alicia Fischer, Communications @ Our Hands For Hope

Alpaca can be a bit intimidating to take care of, especially if you’re new to the fabric. But not to worry! It’s very easy to take care of your knits so that they retain their shape, softness, and look new after every wash.

Follow these tips for fool-proof ways to hand wash, dry clean, and store your new alpaca knit.

Hand Washing

Start with a clean sink filled with luke-warm water, about 80-85 degrees. Add a mild soap to the water (NEVER use chlorine bleach or Woolite, as these have a whitening base. Fragrance-free baby shampoos are perfect).

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Use the soap or shampoo to create bubbly suds.

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Swish your alpaca knit in the soapy water, careful not to pull, snag, or agitate it.
Soak for two to three minutes.

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Rinse in luke-warm water.
(Other water temperatures could cause the knit to shrink or sag).

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Remove any excess water by placing your item on a towel and gently blotting and rolling.
Avoid tightly wringing or twisting.

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Dry the item in a flat position and out of direct sunlight. Reshape to its original dimensions.

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Dry Cleaning

If you’re nervous about washing your knit yourself, you can take it to get dry cleaned. However, be sure to use a dry cleaner that is experienced in cleaning alpaca. Always show them any spots or stains, and ask them to use a fresh solvent in low heat with a process that does not involve tumbling.

Storage & Preservation

In order to get the best use out of your alpaca knitwear and to give it a long life, make sure that your items are completely dry upon storing. To prevent moths from going after alpaca, store your pieces in a sealed cedar chest, freezer (in a zip-lock bag — also kills any smells!), a plastic bin, or other moth-protected environment. Using mothballs with your knits is not recommended.*

DIY Lavender Sachet

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Lavender is ready to harvest and sachets make great gifts.
They are simple to make and have a practical purpose.
What you need:
Computer Printer Fabric. It’s one of the most fun materials to use. You can draw anything and transfer it to fabric instantly.
White cotton, cheese cloth, ribbons and lavender are the basic essentials for this project.
You can use any drawing or design. I sketched out our bird logo in black and white with a sharpie pen, then scanned it into the computer.
My hubbie colored it in with his Bamboo sketching pad, adding color and dimension to the design.
Notice the great ribbon I found AFTER the design was done.
How cool is that?

Print your finished art onto Computer Printer Fabric cotton following manufacturers instructions. There are lots of brands available now.
I choose the June Tailor brand.
The cotton is a great weight and light enough to allow the scent of the lavender to pass through without any of the seeds falling out.
Lay out your printing to maximize your design on the fabric.
I did mine at 16 vignettes per page.
Print and heat set with a hot iron.
Cut out your printed design into squares with pinking sheers 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.
Also cut:
2 Cotton squares 4″ x 4″
1 Cheesecloth square 3″x 3″
1 Open weave ribbon 4″
1 Decorative ribbon 6″
Layer the complete top layer only.
Leaving off one 4″ x 4″ cotton square and the 6″ decorative ribbon.
Stitch around the edge 1/8″ in to hold all layers together. See where the pin is.
Now lay completed sachet top, on top of the back 4″ x 4″.
Stitch around three sides at 1/2″ leaving the top edge undone.Pour in 1 tablespoon of fresh lavender.
Cloves or cinnamon sticks would be a great alternatives.
Tuck the decorative 6″ ribbon into the top leaving a loop to hang.
I allowed the ribbon to just fall to the back to give the back side some interest.
Stitch across the top through all layers.
This is a perfect, inexpensive gift for any occasion.
Wrap three to five together with a beautiful ribbon as a complete presentation.
These would make great gifts for wedding party favors, birthday party’s, house warming, or just plan fun.

Too cute DIY bracelets.

We found this great DIY and thought, “Wow, now that’s pretty stinkin’ cute!”

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 Found it here; http://www.usefuldiy.com/diy-easy-summer-bracelet/

 

Event: Spring Birthday

April showers bring May flowers and that is just what can happen for a late spring birthday.

Create table centerpieces from giant, yellow gerbera daisies and pinwheels suspended in red and white striped popcorn containers.

Add 1″ white stickers to red tablecloths for a fun polka dot effect.

Wrap all gifts is bold, and bright colorful paper.

Tie bold colored balloons to every chair.

Dress in your bright blue dress, accent with those to die for shoes and slip on your alpaca hand-knit sweater.

Now rest assured your gift, the one with the Cuddle Gram logo is going to be the perfect gift!
A snuggly, cuddly, hand knit alpaca throw, that will be a reminder of a big hug from you.
And just think, a child in a barrio tonight is staying warm too.

Every time a Cuddle Gram is sold, Our Hands For Hope, LLC will gift a warm cuddly blanket to a child in need on your behalf.