Okay, so you’ve made a beautiful gift for someone you love. Maybe a shawl or a scarf. This lacy beauty isn’t made from some cheap acrylic yarn you got from the local all-purpose craft store, oh no. It’s made from one of those amazing skeins you purchased at a fair for that special future project you knew would have its day in the sun. Maybe it’s cashmere, silk, baby alpaca or even possibly angel hair. This baby is hand wash only.
But you know how it is. It’s lacy. When it comes off your needles, it looks like something the cat pulled out of the recycling to bat around. Maybe chew on. Your partner wonders if what you’re calling lace is really just yarn barf.
You soak it, gently roll out the extra water, spend hours carefully weaving the blocking wires through the stitches. And then you stretch it. You pin it. You pull it like Atreyu trying to save Artax from the Swamp of Sadness. You make it bigger and you make it better and when it finally dries in a locked room so the paper-ball-chewing cat doesn’t eat a hole right through that beautiful yarn, you are amazed at your own talents. You are awe-struck and what a talented maker you truly are. Maybe there are tears.
(I promise, there is a real question today)
So you take that beautiful shawl, wrap it up and give it to the worthy giftee. You know they’ll love it. And they do. There are more tears. Immediately the gift is wrapped around a neck. Gently, yarn is caressed against face.
But eventually they may want to wash this piece of art. So…
When you give a lacy knitted gift, what do you do about future washing? Do you offer to wash and re-block or do you cut and run, figuring you’ve done enough simply by creating this miracle? Or maybe you tell them never to wash it again for fear of diluting the fairy magic? Let me know in the comments what you do with your lacy gift-giving items!