Month: February 2014

Laundry: How to fix a shrunken sweater

I think it’s inevitable that eventually a stray wool sweater (which is usually also your favorite one) finds its way into the dryer. Said sweater tumbles out so adorably, three sizes too small, and suitable only for your dog to wear, forever. I enjoy when this happens to my better half (free boyfriend sweaters miniaturized to my size!) but until last week thought it meant forever parting with my own merino jumpers. Enter hair conditioner. Fill up a big mixing bowl with lukewarm water, add a couple tablespoons’ worth of conditioner (three if it’s a tighter knit wool), stir it around, turn your sweater inside out, and drop it in. Swish the sweater around to work the conditioner into the wool, and let the whole thing sit for half an hour. Then lift the sweater out, and press it against itself (without wringing) so it’s no longer dripping wet. Gently stretch the sweater horizontally, then vertically, little by little, until it’s resized a tiny bit bigger than your ideal size. Remember to stretch the sleeves, …