To guarantee your OnTheGlo products a long happy, warming life, that little bit of extra care is required but don’t worry, we know that life is short and you probably don’t want to spend it washing!
Some honesty here. We tried washing our OnTheGlo beanies and snoods in the washing machine, on the gentlest woollens setting and then lay flat on a towel to dry (no tumble drying malarky), and the results were really good. Everything navy, purple, burgundy, red, baby blue, mint and forest green is a bit tougher because the yarn is thicker and vegan, so you risk less, but we had great results also with the thinner yarn in white, grey, black, orange and pink. If you trust your washing machine and yourself, you can take the destiny of your beanie in your own hands and machine wash it (perhaps in a pillow case), but you agree here and now that you do this at your own risk.
The disclaimer. Since every washing machine is different, we cannot assume the responsibility to tell you to use one, so we officially recommend hand washing. Just use warm water (around 30 degrees Celsius) and a little bit of liquid soap for woollens. Once you have washed it with gentle motions (avoid rubbing the yarn), your garment will be heavy with water: gently pat the water out from the whole surface and lay it flat on an old, clean towel to dry in a warm place (this step is important: avoid the washing line!). When the top surface has dried, turn around to dry the bottom. It takes a little bit of time, but it works really well and most people do not wash their snoods every week.
Also, do not use Trichloroethylene, do not bleach, do not tumble dry, dry flat, do not iron and do not wring. In symbols it looks like this:
Pompoms will come out of the wash rather squashed, and indeed the rough handling of the mail system will not make them look the happy balls of yarn they really are. Run your fingers through them (it feels gooooood!) to comb the fibres, then simply grab the clasp and give them a gentle shake. This should restore them to spheres. Make sure you do this step only after the pompoms have totally dried, in case you just washed yours!
STRETCH THE YARN A LITTLE
This is a good trick you can use after each wear, and it is particularly good after each wash. Hand-knitted goodies do not have the stiffness (or worse, the horrible chemical fixers) of machine-made products and this is why they are often so soft and lovely. The yarn will tend to stretch in various directions following your body and movements. To restore them to their original shape, once they have fully dried, put them on a flat surface and stretch them in the direction of the knitting: bottom to top for ear bands, beanies and snoods, like in this video.
And you are done! See? We told you it was going to be easy and quick!
We have posted an updated with Care Instructions on Kickstarter, but since it will become key information on our website, we are inserting all info here too!