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How to Care for Your Knitted Cashmere Garment

How to Care for Your Knitted Cashmere Garment

So you've knitted the perfect cashmere garment, a sweater or scarf or hat that will keep you feeling warm and looking stylish during the colder seasons of the year. You worked hard to make that piece, so naturally, you want to make it last as long as possible. But what are the best ways to care for a cashmere garment after you've finished knitting it?

Due to its delicate quality, cashmere needs a little more care than most other clothing materials, but it's well worth the time and effort to make your new knitted piece last a lifetime. Here are some tips to help you take the best possible care of your beloved cashmere garment.

 

Hand-Wash Only (Do Not Dry-Clean)

Because cashmere yarn is made from fine goat hair, it should be treated more like human hair than a traditional clothing fabric. Do not dry-clean your garment or it may become stiff and damaged—the opposite of what you want from cashmere. Instead, hand-wash the piece in cold water (heat will shrink it) and make sure to use a gentle detergent such as baby shampoo.

After letting it soak for 20 to 30 minutes, rinse your garment in clean cold water and lay it flat on a towel to dry. Be careful not to wring or stretch the garment while it's wet, and make sure to reshape it as it dries. If you need to, you can gently roll the piece in the towel to remove excess water. Note that a wet cashmere garment can take days to fully air dry, but it's worth the wait to maintain the fabric's quality softness.

 

Store Your Garment Properly

Once you've hand-washed your cashmere garment, the next step is to store it properly. Again, cashmere is much more delicate than most fabrics, so you should never hang a cashmere garment in your closet or it'll quickly lose its shape.

The best way to store cashmere is to fold it, which will keep it from stretching. For long-term storage, it's a good idea to keep your piece in a storage bag, preferably one made of a breathable material like cotton. Drawers and storage boxes are the best places to store cashmere, but avoid plastic bins where moisture and bugs can collect.

 

Remove Pills and Fuzz (The Right Way)

Wearing your cashmere garment for a while naturally leads to pilling. To remove this unwanted fuzz, use a cashmere comb (for garments made with finer yarn) or a sweater stone (for pieces knitted with thicker yarn) for the best results. If you don't have either of these tools on hand, you can use a razor or lint tape instead. Just make sure to always run the tool in the same direction each time so you don't accidentally damage the fabric.

 

Keep the Moths Away

There's nothing worse than spending hours knitting a beautiful cashmere sweater or cardigan only to have hungry moths eat holes into it days later. To make your knitted cashmere garment last longer, you need to repel moths before they have a chance to ruin your hard work.

Again, storing your cashmere clothes in sealable bags is your best bet for long-term storage, as bugs won't be able to eat through them. If you don't have a storage bag, try storing your cashmere garment with cedar balls or fragrance oil: moths hate the smell of cedar and will be more likely to avoid your beloved knitted piece. Moths also don't like light, so consider taking your cashmere clothes out at least once a month and letting them air in the sun for a while. Always make sure to give your cashmere garment a good wash before storing it for the season: the last thing you want is to open your drawers in autumn to find that larvae have been feasting on the precious fabric.

 

Cashmere may require a little extra care, but all that hard work you put into knitting your garment deserves to be preserved as long as possible. Follow these simple tips and your knitted cashmere pieces will be sure to last for many seasons to come.

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You'll find our Cashmere Collection at the link below:

https://bauanahygge.com/collections/cashmere

The Health and Wellness Benefits of Knitting

The Health and Wellness Benefits of Knitting

You surely already know that knitting is a wonderful hobby. It's fun, it's relaxing, and at the end of it, you have a work of art that you can proudly wear or use to decorate your home.

But did you know that knitting is actually good for your health and overall wellbeing?

Now you're really curious how this hobby you love so much has been helping you, right? Well, here are just a few of the wellness benefits of knitting.

 

Knit to Relieve Your Stress

If you knit frequently, chances are you use it as an escape from a stressful routine. And if you don't, you definitely should.

Research has shown that knitting offers many of the same benefits as meditation and yoga. When you practice an activity that involves patterns—like needlework—your mind settles into a meditative state that reduces stress and helps you relax into a calm state of wellbeing. Practicing knitting for long enough can even lower your heart rate and blood pressure.

 

Knit to Improve Your Self-Esteem

Knitting may be mostly about the journey, but that doesn't mean you can't find wellness in the end result too.

Knitting can improve your self-esteem no matter what stage you're in. If you're a beginner, finishing your first scarf or sweater is a major achievement that can boost your confidence. If you're an advanced or expert knitter, every beautifully finished piece you add to your collection is a reminder of your amazing skills.

And whether you keep or sell your knitted pieces, you'll feel good by seeing your work every day or bringing in an income for your family through your art.

 

Knit to Stay Healthy in Mind and Body

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Fortunately, knitting has plenty of therapeutic benefits, such as improving mindfulness, dexterity, and memory.

This popular hobby has been found to help people with chronic pain reduce their symptoms, and many people with depression have said that knitting makes them happier. There have even been studies that suggest knitting can keep your brain function from declining with age.

With so many mental and physical health benefits, we don't need to tell you why knitting is such a wonderful hobby for wellness. You likely experience many of these benefits yourself whenever you knit.

Now you can practice knitting knowing how much good it does for your mind and body. All you need is a good pair of knitting needles and yarn and you're ready to improve your health and wellness every day.

 

Knit Your Own Cashmere Cardigan

We carry a couple of high-quality Cashmere yarns for all the knitting lovers. If you're one of them, click on the yarns below, or find them here. If you're not yet a knitting lover, give it a try - because this is the hygge thing to do! ;)

 

Hygge: The Danish Lifestyle Trend That's Taking Over the World

Bauana Hygge. Your gateway into the secrets of modern wellness.

If you're active on social media or always on the lookout for the latest lifestyle trend, chances are you've stumbled on the word hygge at least once in the past few years. But what exactly is hygge, and why is it so popular around the world right now? To understand that, we first need to dive into the origins of hygge and what this lifestyle trend is all about.

 

What is Hygge?

Simply put, hygge (pronounced hyoo-guh) is a Danish and Norwegian word for a cozy and comfortable way of life that promotes contentment and wellbeing. The word has no direct translation in English (although Google Translate will tell you it means "fun"). Instead, it encompasses any idea related to coziness and has been an integral part of Danish life and culture since the 19th century. It's no wonder Denmark always tops the list of the happiest countries in the world.

Over the past few years, hygge has taken the world by storm. The concept first started trending in the UK after several books were published on the subject in 2016. The word hygge was even named the runner-up Word of the Year in the UK that year, second only to Brexit.

The US then picked up this lifestyle trend in 2017. The hashtag #hygge flooded social media and hygge-related activity on Pinterest rose by almost 300 percent by the beginning of the year. After a stressful couple of years, it's easy to see why this Scandinavian way of life became so popular.

So now that you know what hygge is, how do you implement it in your own life?

 

How to Practice Hygge (The Right Way)

Huge marketing campaigns in the UK and US may lead you to believe that practicing hygge requires spending hundreds of dollars on candles, blankets, and furniture for a cozy winter indoors. In fact, hygge is whatever creates a cozy atmosphere that brings you joy and comfort. You've probably already experienced hygge without even knowing it.

Hygge is all about enjoying the simple things in life. This can be anything from a hot cup of cocoa by the fireplace to a fun night out with friends. Do you enjoy reading a good book in bed on a rainy day? Sitting around in your sweatpants and binging Netflix shows all day? Spending quality time with your family? If so, you're already a hygge master.

In short, hygge may seem like just another lifestyle trend, but it's really a way to practice self-care in whatever way works for you. So go ahead and light a nice vanilla candle, curl up under a comfy blanket, and enjoy that extra slice of cake. Embrace the hygge lifestyle of the Danes and create your own style of happiness.