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Old 11-09-2006, 03:27 PM   #1
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Drying Wool?

I'm just curious how you dry your wool items. I washed and lanolized a wool soaker yesterday. After it soaked for a bit, I gently rung it out, placed it between a towel, and patted it dry for awhile. Even rolled it in the towel. Then I sat it out overnight.

Now, almost 24 hours later, it is still damp. What can I do to get it dry?

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Old 11-09-2006, 03:28 PM   #2
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Stick it outside or with a fan on it. No heat though or it'll felt!!
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That is another question I had - what does 'felt' mean?
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Re: Drying Wool?

thats when the fibers get really tight. Have you ever accidently washed anything wool, and it shrinks up tiny and thick? Thats felting
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thats when the fibers get really tight. Have you ever accidently washed anything wool, and it shrinks up tiny and thick? Thats felting
I have never owned anything wool. But thanks though!! I really want to put him in his soaker to show him off at the LLL meeting tonight, so lemme try to put it in front of a fan. :P
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Old 11-09-2006, 03:54 PM   #6
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Re: Drying Wool?

Ok, so this method will not be for everyone, but....
I put my wool in my washer, cold water, gentle cycle. I then lay it flat to dry. It dries much, much quicker.
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Re: Drying Wool?

My washer has a 'hand wash' cycle on it. I put my wool in there and wash that way. Then I hang it in the laundry room.

Another way to dry wool faster is to hang it over a towel bar or lay it on a wire rack. If air can get to both sides, it will dry MUCH faster!
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I wash mine in a bucket, then dump it into the washer for a spin cycle and hand dry. Flat drying is best, they say - but I've never had any trouble with hanging to dry.
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I wash/lanolize mine in the sink and then put it thru a spin cycle on my washer. It spins more water out than pressing it between 2 towels and then I put it on my drying rack.
I may or may not turn a fan on it while its on the drying rack. It depends on how patient I'm feeling.
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