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Monday, 25 November 2013

The Tale of Two Cardigans

On Friday night after having a lovely Japanese meal, we decided to visit the Christmas market in Glasgow City where I fell in love with this woolly rainbow cardigan....totally in love! I mean the cardigan pretty much shines happiness. It had to be mine, and mine it became. I took it home, and it had a pretty intense smell to it....like a barn smell. Like anyone would at this stage, would be to follow the instructions given by the seller and wash it. Only after I washed it, it had shrunk.....it was small enough to fit my 8 year old niece. I was both amused and devastated. At this point, I was really confused and thought I maybe read the instructions wrong....but they said machine wash at 30 and that is what I did! In hindsight, I wish I took a photo of the tiny cardigan but I was that caught up in emotion that I never thought to. 

Once we both calmed down we decided the best thing to do would be to take it back to the market seller, who was very understanding as he did definitely confirm that it should have been fine during a machine 30 wash and even showed me in writing. I was offered a replacement cardigan of the same value at no extra cost, the only sad thing about this is that they only seemed to have one version of each cardigan so I wasn't able to get another one of the same.


The next nicest cardigan I seen was this one, which I am learning to love even though it is a little big for me (I ironically have thought about trying to shrink it a little). Even though they said we can definitely wash it in a machine 30 wash, I washed this one by hand and surprise surprise, it stayed the same size! Hindsight again, I wish I thought to do this with my first one....especially with my knowledge in yarns. However, I do know some yarns you can machine wash......so I think this is why I never thought anything of it when I threw my lovely rainbow cardigan in the wash.


I do love how pretty this one is as well, but it's not totally me....like you can see with the first cardigan (which is totally ME). With the rainbow cardigan in mind, I have decided I am going to try and make my own rainbow cardigan in 2014. I have never crocheted an item that I can wear like a jumper or cardigan, and I think this will definitely provide me with a new hooky challenge for the new year! Although I have contemplated taking up knitting again to try and knit the cardigan, but I shall see what the new year will unfold.

Have you guys ever had a disaster with clothing shrinking in the wash? I'd be very interested to read your stories.

Take care,

Hazel x

16 comments:

  1. Such a shame about the first cardigan! But you look lovely in the second, too! I think they both look great, and I'm sure you'll like the second one just as well as the first! My favorite waistcoat shrunk after handwashing (!!) it last week, and I've immediately thrown it away, I couldn't stand looking at it as it made me feel sad... :-)

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  2. Oh dear. Sorry about the shrinking jacket. I can understand how upset you are. My only experience of anything like this is when I was staying with a cousin and was 'helping' by doing her laundry one day. Just put this lot in the machine, she said. So I did, but her husband's new woollen jumper was in with that 'lot'. Yes... it shrank to toy size. Cousin and I spent about half an hour with said damp jumper trying to pull it back to man size over the kitchen table, to no avail. Fortunately he saw the funny side of it, and got a new jumper as well!

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    1. I am glad to hear that he saw the funny side...I guess these things happen to all of us huh? :)

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  3. The rainbow cardigan is fantastic! So you and I love how you have it on over neutrals. It'll be fun to see you hook up one yourself.

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    1. Definitely! I have ordered some new yarn already for it :)

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  4. I feel for you! Oh, I smiled when I saw you in that first cardi, it is a dream! What an absolute shame it shrunk, but at least you sort of got a replacement...and hey, I'd love to crochet a rainbow cardi, you know we love rainbows in our house! ;-) Keep me posted on your yarns and patterns (I'm the same, never really crocheted an item of clothing, I tend to like knitted clothes and crocheted stuff, but I'm not very good at knitting yet), a January rainbow CAL could be in order... Chrissie x

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  5. ooo I really like the top one.

    I've felted a newly finished pair of toddler sized longies. They had a big inseam of about 12 inches IIRC and I put them in the washing machine to spin the excess water out after soaking them in lanolin and the washing machine decided to do a 40 degree wash instead. My daughter never even got to wear them, so annoying!

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  6. Oh what a shame, I understand the feeling, the second one it is lovely but I know what you feel, it's not the one you felt in love so...I like your project of crocheting your own cardigan, yes well done!

    Lluisa xx

    http://spinningyarn74.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I like them both, but if you aren't totally pleased with the second one why don't you embellish it a bit to make it more yours, a crochet flower, a bit of embroidery? Good for you thinking of making your own rainbow one,it will be a fun project.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  8. What a tale indeed! I think you handled the shrinking episode with extreme diplomacy, I'd probably have flipped! And I think your replacement cardi looks just lovely on you too. I once spent ages knitting a beautiful chunky cabled jumper for my lovely sis, who then hand washed it (so far, so good) but then proceeded to put it in the spin dryer - aaaargh !! It stretched so much that her boyfriend inherited it.
    Have fun planning you rainbow cardi project & have a happy week,
    Xx

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  9. I love both, beautiful! Pity about the disaster, though.

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  10. I feel for you I have had a few disasters .You look lovely in both.

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  11. Oh no.. They are both lovely but yes the rainbow one most certainly looks more you! You will have to make yourself something in the same colours. :-)

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  12. Ugh, I hate when a fav piece of clothing gets ruined in the wash. I like the cardigans! Very cozy looking. A few months ago, my dryer started to make a strange scraping noise. Hubby took a look at it and didn't find anything wrong but it was such an old dryer, we knew it was probably just time to replace it. Anyway, it was drying fine, just a strange noise. So one afternoon I put in my own load of clothes. My favorite pajamas, my fav Bob Marley tee shirt...of course all my cozy stuff. When I pulled the clothes out, almost everything had a hole in it. There was some kind of piece of metal or something slightly sticking out of the barrel of the machine and it caught on pretty much every piece of clothing and tore it :( Needless to say, we've replaced the dryer :)
    Happy crocheting!

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  13. Oh Hazel, isn't that always the way. When you totally love something, something always happens to it.
    You should definitely have a go at making your own, whether knitted or crocheted.
    Sally xxx

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  14. I am so sa about your rainbow cardigan! I do like the other one though. The cardi should have been ok at 30, but if it had barn smell it probably hadn't been pre-washed before being knitted up, which stops shrinkage.

    Did I tell you about the time ave put my cashmere cardi in a 40 wash and then tumble dried it?

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