OG Party Suit Wearer
Fun fact. Unless it's too severe, caused by heat, you can, often, mostly, not always, stretch wool back.
that makes sense, I have had a couple of jumpers shrink very slightly by washing them in cold water by hand. Too much agitation.yup. temperature, agitation, alkalinity of detergent can all result in the shrinkage. Even agitating by hand too vigorously ion cold water can result in some shrinkage. When you knit wool fabric it undergoes fulling to close up the fabric and make it more dense but softer. It is done by agitating the wool. That's what the shrinking really is. There is always more shrinkage left in it depending on what caused the original shrinkage and how much. looser knits more.
I got the heavyweight Abercrombie & Fitch, and l must say it is an absolute monster. Never been worn, excellent condition and bulletproof. It is easily twice the weight of my heavy John Molloy aran. It is the most dense jumper l have ever seen (can't even see any light through it), and thick as they come. All l can say is WOW!
Which factory/brand in Wales?Got a beauty today! Something quite rare:
Tom Ford - made in U.K cashmere turtleneck (plum colour).
Look at the same jumper except in a different colour, made-in-U.K
Other Tom Ford jumpers exactly the same as the one l bought: I was eying this one off for weeks.
I've never owned Tom Ford before, so it will be interesting to see how their knitwear is. Seems too cool and modern for England or Scotland, so maybe Wales?? I know Anderson & Sheppard has had some amazing knitwear made from Wales that is really classy.
Which factory/brand in Wales?
Next Autumn/Winter I will acquire some Lockies. Now that I own several Ballantynes I'd like to compare them both.
I made an account just to talk to Shooey!that makes sense, I have had a couple of jumpers shrink very slightly by washing them in cold water by hand. Too much agitation.
Some cashmere jumpers are impossible to shrink. I used hot water on a 6 ply Ballantyne and left it out in the summer sun and repeated this process 4 times and it got bigger. No problems, l send it to perhaps the world's top knitting expert and she is unraveling it and reknitting it in the exact pattern/6ply style. She has shortened it, took it in slightly at the sides and shortened the sleeves and added a loop at the top. It will be worth the wait and all the work done on it imo. She works with the top knitwear and has done this type of work successfully before.
btw, those Berk/Ballantyne 3 ply turtlenecks I bought recently are utterly fabulous!!! Beefy and great quality. The Ballantyne 4 ply's l also bought are amazing....one is an 80's 4 ply intarsia, so rare.