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procrastiknitter
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Posted - 07/01/2004 :  4:44:55 PM  Show Profile Send procrastiknitter a Private Message
I have read posts elsewhere on using vinegar or hair conditioner to soften wool. Precisely how much should be used per litre of water? Do I follow with a rinse?

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Boogie
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Posted - 07/02/2004 :  04:41:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit Boogie's Homepage Send Boogie a Private Message
I condition some of my wool. partially for the light lavendar scent. I fill the sink with water, give the bottle a sqeeze and let it soak. then I rinse lightly. I know, real scientific. I'm terrible at measuring but my wool all comes out ok.

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Rebecca
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Posted - 07/02/2004 :  06:38:20 AM  Show Profile Send Rebecca a Private Message
In the past I have put the yarn/garment in the washer with a low amount of cool water then added a capful of liquid fabric softener. I allow this to soak for about 30 minutes and then rinse in cool water with a gentle spin. It relaxes lopi beautifully.

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A10CO
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Posted - 07/02/2004 :  08:41:17 AM  Show Profile Send A10CO a Private Message
I use conditioner, and am very scientific, like Amy. For say, a scarf - One Dallop per Sinkful of Water. Sorry, that's the best I can do! I start with just alittle, and if it needs more softening, I'll do it again. Good luck!

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fmarrs
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Posted - 07/02/2004 :  12:31:15 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
I've used a lot of vinegar rinses for a variety of things. The exact amount is not very scientific, a capful or two in a gallon of water. You don't need to rinse it with such tiny amounts. When the stuff is dry the odor is gone. To sterilize something you need to use 1 part vinegar and 1 part distilled water and soak it for 24 hours. Those items I rinse.

fran
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Knit Twit
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USA
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Posted - 07/04/2004 :  11:07:21 PM  Show Profile Send Knit Twit a Private Message
I usually just wash my socks by hand with Johnson's Baby Shampoo (the lavender one) and air-dry them, and they've always turned out fine. Being the constant experimenter that I am, I decided to soak a pair of Opal socks (thatI had washed several times before) in a container of water with some Suave lavender conditioner after washing them (just a little squirt in the water). I came back fifteen minutes later to find...ack!...that the black pattern in the socks had started to run, which has never happened before!

What type of conditioner do y'all use? Do you think it was a problem with the Suave, or did I soak the socks too long? Thanks in advance, and I hope everybody's having a very happy and safe Fourth of July.

Terri :)

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