We believe everything you own should be worth caring for properly, maintaining and mending. It not only communicates the value you place in an item, but these simple yet significant actions have broader implications as we work towards being more conscious and ethical in our choices as consumers.
Wool is one of the world’s most resilient, versatile and luxurious natural fibres, and as such it does need some special care to keep it in tip top shape and looking beautiful.
We’re happy to help with any questions you might have about how best to care for your Hipi products, but suggest the following as a safe guide.
Gently hand wash
-Use environmentally friendly approved liquid wool detergent
-Separate light from darks
-Avoid wringing or overstretching
-Water that is too warm threatens the fibres and risks damage or shape alteration
-Do not soak – it can harm fibre integrity
Dry flat in shade
-Remove excess water by rolling in a towel, gently apply pressure to absorb moisture
-Do not tumble dry
-Sunlight is a natural bleacher and direct exposure will fade the colour
It really is worth hand washing your knits in order to maximise their life and keep them looking beautiful. Handwashing can become a meditative moment of simplicity through the repetitive action and soothing submersion of warm soapy water.
It is imperative to use approved liquid wool detergent only as common laundry powders contain whiteners, which act like bleach. This harms the natural fibres and the integrity of the product, which can create holes or ladders in the fabric.
In the event of a stain, rinse in lukewarm water immediately and apply approved liquid wool detergent, gently agitating and squeezing the affected area to lift the stain. Rinse and repeat as necessary, trying to avoid rubbing as this can create pilling. Don’t be tempted to soak your Hipi pieces – this could harm the integrity of the fibre.
Unlike man-made fibres, wool pills less and less as time goes on. Dealing with those short fibres that work their way out quickly leaves the more secure fibres in place so eventually your piece will stop shedding altogether. It is normal for yarn to pill to some extent. We recommend using a manual depiller or wool comb, like this one. They are an inexpensive, quick and easy solution to removing unsightly pills. Voila, your pieces are as good as new!
These are usually pretty easily fixed. If you have an inclination to fixing things yourself these ideas might help:
If you’ve snagged a stitch somehow it will look like a long bit of yarn that is blowing in the wind and the stitches around it will look tight and funny. And you won’t be very chuffed. Get something long and skinny (knitting needle, darning needle, kebab skewer), and gently and progressively ease the tension on the neighbouring stitches on that row of knitting.
Holes are a little more challenging though some great videos can be found online. Look for grafting, swiss darning, and stocking darning.
If you’re in a pickle, get in touch and we will help you out!