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Nov 13, 2017 12:33:18   #
Pearls Girls (a regular here)
 
I have made a dozen hats and solicited a dozen more for the local elementary school Christmas boxes.
Should I wash all of the hats or give them as made. I am leaning toward wash & dry because it would even out all the hats?
I do not have much extra time; so asking here. What is the right or best way?
I never wash hats for Grandchildren as they take them right off the needles to their heads. Ha, Ha
Please let me know what to do???
 
Nov 13, 2017 12:39:25   #
chickkie (a regular here)
 
I wash everything before it is given away. Not that it is dirty, but it softens the yarn, evens out some of the stitches but won't correct errors unfortunately, and it always looks so much nicer after the first wash.
Nov 13, 2017 12:48:33   #
sockyarn (a regular here)
 
The hats will be fine the way they are. Children will not look to see if your stitches are even or not.
Nov 13, 2017 12:51:44   #
scumbugusa (a regular here)
 
I wash and leave out the fabric softener, in case some one is sensitive to it.

This lets me know if they will be screwed up when someone else washes them. Rather on my wash before, than their wash after.
Nov 13, 2017 12:52:04   #
FLStephanie (a regular here)
 
I agree. I do not wash any items that I gift, charity or otherwise.
Nov 13, 2017 12:52:28   #
BobzMum (a regular here)
 
I would leave them as they are
 
Nov 13, 2017 12:55:12   #
susanjoy
 
I wash everything first.
Nov 13, 2017 12:57:21   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
I wash all before I give away.
There are oils, skin cells, etc from my hands that are transferred to the yarn and needles as I work.
Not to mention the times that the yarn falls on the floor and rolls away
Nov 13, 2017 12:59:18   #
chickkie (a regular here)
 
scumbugusa wrote:
I wash and leave out the fabric softener, in case some one is sensitive to it.

This lets me know if they will be screwed up when someone else washes them. Rather on my wash before, than their wash after.


Never use fabric softener on knits. Use hair conditioner, it works better and has no door that will linger on the clothing.
Nov 13, 2017 13:02:19   #
Medieval Reenactor (a regular here)
 
Unless you use gloves when you knit, skin oils and shed cells will be on the knitting. If you have dogs or cats, allergens will be in the knitting. And even "poor" folks like and deserve clean things.
Nov 13, 2017 13:34:27   #
m_azingrace (a regular here)
 
For some, it may be the only washing those hats will ever get, and as Medieval Reenactor said "even people in need deserve the dignity of clean things".
 
Nov 13, 2017 14:18:11   #
Beachgirl1000 (a regular here)
 
chickkie wrote:
Never use fabric softener on knits. Use hair conditioner, it works better and has no door that will linger on the clothing.


I wouldn't use fabric softener on knits I give away, but I do use it on my own things. FYI, there are now unscented fabric softeners.
Nov 13, 2017 14:57:07   #
jmcret05 (a regular here)
 
I cannot imagine that anything given away to charity, or as a gift should not be washed first. To the extreme, my mother washed, ironed, and hung on hangers any shirt, blouse, etc. that was going into a garage sale! I wash and carefully fold any items that are given to charity and would wash and block hats, etc. also. Charities like Salvation Army, churches, thrift shops and hospitals cannot be expected to provide cleaning services.
Nov 13, 2017 15:07:34   #
MarilynKnits (a regular here)
 
The woman in our area who coordinates distribution of charity hats, scarves, etc. said that she was told anything going to hospitals is washed at the hospitals, so we don't need to wash them. Stuff going to shelters and soup kitchens are also dealt with, either washed or not, by the groups distributing them to clients.

I don't think any of us donates anything that was used, dirty, or anything nasty like that. I imagine we all keep our work clean enough to put on when it comes off the needles.

Pearls Girls wrote:
I have made a dozen hats and solicited a dozen more for the local elementary school Christmas boxes.
Should I wash all of the hats or give them as made. I am leaning toward wash & dry because it would even out all the hats?
I do not have much extra time; so asking here. What is the right or best way?
I never wash hats for Grandchildren as they take them right off the needles to their heads. Ha, Ha
Please let me know what to do???
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Nov 13, 2017 15:35:26   #
ChasingRainbows (a regular here)
 
I always wash and dry charity items. I have allergies, and if someone gave me a knitted gift and they smoke, have cats or dogs, use an air freshener/scented candles, or scented hand lotion or perfume - and did not wash the items, I would have an allergic reaction to it.

I even wash every item of washable clothing that I buy before wearing it. The clothing picks up the odors from the store, perfume and makeup from someone who tried on the garment, and from the warehouse, delivery centers, and even the delivery trucks.
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