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Emily Wessel

Hello - I'm from Vancouver Island, Canada, but I live and work in Edinburgh, Scotland. I am co-founder and designer at Tin Can Knits - www.tincanknits.com

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  1. hollandteach
    March 30, 2021 @ 10:24 am

    I have just had my second bad experience wet blocking sweaters made with superwash yarn. Both sweaters lost their shape and “grew” to my knees when I removed them from the water. I was able to “rescue” one of the sweaters by putting it in the dryer for a short time.
    I will never buy a sweater quantity of superwash yarn again as I now have a better understanding of what the superwash process does to wool. My question is : Is there a way to prewash the rest of the superwash wool that I have so it will still be useable for making sweaters?
    Thank you very much!

    • Emily Wessel
      April 2, 2021 @ 12:54 am

      Hello – Sorry to hear your sweaters have stretched much more than expected! I still love superwash wools for gifting and for kid knits. Once you know how much a yarn may ‘grow’ you can simply knit at a tighter gauge, then when it relaxes with washing it loosens up. If you make a large swatch, block it, let it dry fully, then measure the gauge, then you’ll know what your post-blocking gauge will be.

  2. Corinne
    May 31, 2014 @ 6:40 am

    Thank you for this tutorial. I think I am on a good way drying my lush yoke band thanks to you.

  3. Nicola
    May 23, 2014 @ 1:01 am

    Hi there

    Do you have any tips for blocking mukluks?

    Thanks so much!

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