Looking for resources on the the finer technical aspects of working with natural wools and yarns. [more inside]
I invested in a really nice merino cardigan and celebrated by going to a new Japanese noodle restaurant and splattering soup all over it. What's the best course of action after doing something like this? - blot stain with water at restaurant? - hand wash sweater as soon as possible? - dry clean as soon as possible? - don't worry about it? (as once soup dried, it was no longer visible) Thanks, Jon
I'm making a winter coat. The instructions for the pattern I found online say to use a "double sided winter coating" and not to use a lining. [more inside]
After thinking I had major sinus problems for the past year, I now think I'm allergic to down and/or wool. (Based on intense facial pain, headache and congestion for the entire day after sleeping with those beddiings, and none without- I just did a personal 3 day experiment). However, I did allergy tests this year and they came up negative. Can you get specific testing for these items? Has anyone experienced this? Do allergies really just appear at 'a certain age'? If so, can anyone recommend a good allergist in NYC?
I've been looking for a winter cape FOREVER and when I saw the Joanna Newsom video this morning I got super excited. Anyone know where I can find it or something similar. Yes, I'm definitely interested in similar items too! [more inside]
A couple weeks ago I found a website that sold women's wool tees and tanktops. I am trying to find it again and having no luck, despite googling myself silly. [more inside]
My mom (60) and I (30) are looking to do some clothes shopping this weekend. Neither of us knows where to go to find what we want in person: mostly knitwear in women's 16/18. Do you know where we should go? [more inside]
I have two sweaters, and while the label on both says hand wash in cold and line dry, could I dry clean them? [more inside]
Looking for a trendy wool/cashmere/Alpaca/Merino wool coat [more inside]
My wife wants to learn to knit. What do I buy? [more inside]
I really like these from Boden, but the colors this year are not so great. Who else sells well-made, tailored, plaid/check wool blazers for women? [more inside]
I'm a rookie member of the Providence Grays, a vintage baseball team. This season, we are having a difficult time finding a source of wool that we can use for our baseball trousers. Can anyone help me find a source? [more inside]
Within 2 days I smell in my merino baselayer. Do I just have super bacteria on my right armpit, or do other people with merino wildly exaggerate their experiences? [more inside]
I probably have Raynauds although I've never gone to a doctor to verify. I wear Merino wool socks because they seem to work best to help keep my feet warm (even though they are never really totally warm). However, my feet, even though still a bit cool, tend to sweat in wool and thus, I get athlete's foot (and I even wear mesh sneakers for better air circulation). Any advice on keeping my feet warm yet dry? Does something wick better than wool yet insulate as good or better? Or any other ideas?
How the hell do people knit with/wear wool without wanting to scream from the scratchy awfulness? How can I tell from squeezing a ball of yarn whether or not it will be a good yarn to knit with in terms of comfort and longevity, etc. [more inside]
I have very wide feet and I wear either a sock for wide feet or a sock in size 12-15 or XXL. These are hard enough to find in regular white cotton socks and I need to find them in a warm wool or wool blend sock.
I don't want to find a good men's scarf. I want to find the best men's scarf. It should be non-wooly/scratchy, smooth to the touch, long enough and thick enough to be wrapped around the neck and draped over the front to create an insulation layer while waiting on cold train platforms and be in a "masculine" pattern/color that would suit most coats. It should also be durable and long lasting, I want a scarf you could wear without comment for 20 years and then be buried with it. Where is this scarf?
Looking for a really warm underlayer for dresses for when I cannot bulk up on sweaters.. merino slip? [more inside]
Looking to give my dad the nicest tweed or wool/cashmere flatcap money can buy. I'm talking about "By Special Appointment to HRH..." level of nice-ness, not "Kangol makes some pretty slick lids" level of niceness. [more inside]
I wear a suit or dress trousers most days to the office, and am looking to replace some of my wardrobe. I've gone to a few mens' clothing stores, but have struck out looking for high-waisted, fitted but not tight, flat front men's trousers. (Details/snowflake/etc inside) [more inside]
I need a fleece jacket that has a wooly and not velour texture. [more inside]
I have a traditional Icelandic hand-knit wool sweater (or "jumper" in European parlance) which I purchased when I was wearing a size XL. I am now wearing a size M and I miss my beautifully warm sweater. Is it safe to attempt to shrink it, or will that totally destroy it? If it's worth trying, does anyone have any guidance on how to do it? Explain as though you were talking to a 5-year-old - I have no experience in the fiber arts.
I have a weird problem: my knees get really cold, really easily. I live in LA, and even in the middle of this unusually warm summer, the slight temperature drop at night is enough that by morning my knees are freezing and I have to put on warm sweat pants (much to the bewilderment of my wife, it being the middle of summer, and us not having AC). [more inside]
Just bought a nice suit, but when I brought it home my wife pointed out the lapels were slightly asymmetrical -- one is a bit narrower than the other. The lapels have a gentle roll to them, they aren't sharply creased. So: is it easy/adviseable to coax one of the lapels into laying differently with an iron or other method? If so, how (suit made of Italian wool)? Or best to simply return it?
How can I minimize the number of wool thermals I need for everyday use in the cold, and for exercise out in the cold? [more inside]
My husband and I don't have very much money, but we would like to own a few (or even just one) giant (king sized) wool blankets. [more inside]
I'm looking for good-quality black and dark gray winter wool dress pants that I can wear to my office. [more inside]
Where can I purchase more socks like these? Acquired by my husband over 10 years ago at an airport in the Netherlands, they are long-lasting, comfortable, made of wool, have the word "TRAIL" embroidered in red across the instep, three horizontal red stripes on the ball of the foot, and what may be a size "3-46" in red across the toe.
Is it okay to clean/rescue a wet wool blanket that the flood damage guys want you to throw out after it smells like a damp dog? [more inside]
Where in or around Chicago can I buy 100% wool jersey fabric? I've found a couple places on-line, but strongly prefer to touch the fabric and verify the color in person before I drop $20+ per yard on it. I did not see any at Vogue on Roosevelt--they have suiting but I'm looking for a different drape than a wool twill.
How can I remove this chemical smell from a wool coat? [more inside]
Is this wool coat worth tailoring? [more inside]
Anyone have any experience with Woolrich shirts? [more inside]
How do I ensure carpet beetles won't destroy my clothing? [more inside]
I have just discovered needle felting! Where can I find inspiration for fun/nerdy projects, tips on technique, and any other useful bits of information? (Ideally for free...) [more inside]
Where can I find this men's jacket? [more inside]
What's causing me to get holes in my socks so quickly? [more inside]
Will my rug shed forever? [more inside]
How can I repair or disguise small holes and tears in wool gabardine (skirts)? [more inside]
Does anyone have a good source for buying wool felt? [more inside]
I've crocheted a wool scarf form my sister-in-law. When I ship it, I want to put something in the box that will make it smell pretty by the time it reaches her. [more inside]
How should I wash or clean these garments? - a silk Tibetan shirt, a lambswool cardigan, a guernsey wool jumper, raw denim jeans [more inside]
Looking to buy a cute, non-wool rug. [more inside]
Can I launder a wool blanket at home? [more inside]
Socks: Everyday Mens Socks: Whats the best fabric for an 'everyday' sock? Whats your favourite sock? UK preferably. [more inside]
Handknit Irish sweaters with coffee/unknown stains. [more inside]
I'm a recent Smartwool socks convert. I love that they are they are non-scratchy, moisture wicking and stay warm and dry and comfortable all day. I'd like to get a few more pairs, but the ones I like (Hiker Street, men's medium) are ~$20. Anyone have a just-as-good alternative, or is Smartwool really so unique that it justifies the pricetag?
I’m thinking about buying a suit where the jacket and skirt are lined, but the pants are not. Is it possible to have a tailor add the lining? [more inside]
Will snow/rain damage this jacket? It is 70% wool, 30% polyester. My research tells me no, but since I've never owned anything that's wool or dry clean only, I'd like reassurance.
I am knitting a pair of socks for a friend. The yarn is 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon. The washing instructions tell me to "Machine wash warm water, no bleach, lay flat to dry." What will happen if I actually put them in the dryer? [more inside]
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