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I think I probably know the answer to this one, but it's worth a try. DH stupidly washed a favourite cashmere jumper in the machine and it has shrunk. Is there any way to pull it back into shape? I'm worried that it has felted very slightly too (he tends to overfill the machine). I know it's trivial in the grand scheme of things but it's just topped up my general bad mood, especially as I had set aside a load of woollens to do myself, it's always my stuff that gets ruined in the machine, not his, and the sleeves were a bit unusual so I can't simply buy a replacement.
This has happened to me a few times & in my experience once it's shrunk it's shrunk, CardiCorgi - though will be delighted if anyone else does have any tips.
All I can think of is if the shrinkage is mainly in length, you could wet again (bowl of cool water) & then dry on a hanger in the hope that the weight might stretch it. This has worked for me with a linen blend knitted top, though not with cashmere, but I can't think of anything else to try (warning: could pull it more out of shape too).
Well thanks for the sympathy, that makes me feel a bit better. I'll try wetting it and gently pulling but otherwise, it'll be in the upcycling pile for when I feel crafty. That's the third dead jumper this winter, but the other two were much older.
I don't know why he did it, DH is usually very good with laundry and he left all of my other woolly stuff. A couple of underwired bras seem to have got in there too, maybe he was feeling a bit distracted. I suppose that makes up for my "indiscretion" with the car.
Next question, any ideas for a nice cashmere jumper? This one was a slately blue-grey boden number with boat neck and wide sleeves gathered into pleats at the cuffs. I don't really like any of their current offerings.
Tulip's right - they do come up on ebay. There's an also m&s autograph style from a few years ago with a boat neck (& 3/4 sleeves) that also crops up on ebay - I bought one in a teal colour in the Autumn. And another autograph style with scoop neck & gathered sleeves that I've seen a few times (yes, I waste too much time searching for cashmere on ebay!).
Thank you for the ebay suggestion. A quick glance has given me a couple of jumpers with the same sort of feel, so I am sure I will find what I want with a bit of digging.
Twinklestein I had foolishly gone away for the weekend (first time without the dc).
Oh dear, the car. The back story is that I have never liked our car as it is big, poncey and expensive and is parked in a communal garage with other big poncey expensive cars; in fact I didn't want us to get it and refused to drive it until this winter (we live in a large central European city with good public transport). Anyway, I wanted to train for a sporting event and in order to get to anywhere where I could train I just had to get over myself and drive the wretched thing. DH usually got it out of the garage for me, but on my first solo attempt I dented it. Ouch. I suggested to DH, half jokingly, that he leave the repair until after my event just in case I did it again and got lots of "you'd better not" type mutterings. I don't think I need to tell you the next bit, do I? Same location on both car and garage. At least my race went well...
Betty thanks for the tip. I did as you said and pulled it gently into shape. It isn't quite its former self, but is definitely wearable again. Dh apologised, it appears that it was a genuine mistake and I think I'm forgiven with the car too (damage not as expensive as the crunching sound would be indicated).