It's mid fall and for me that means I have a whole new batch of handspun to wash from Tour de Fleece back in July and Spinzilla in October.
It's easy to get carried away and want to knit with your beautiful handspun before it's washed (what's the point right since you are going to wash and block your finished knitted item) but resist! Yes, my friends, your handspun isn't truly finished and ready to knit with until it's been washed.
Washing will cause your handspun to "bloom" and set the twist. This "blossoming" could really change the gauge of your finished knit item if you do not wash your handspun first.
Besides, washing your handspun removes the last little bit of field dust, oil from your spinning machine and grease and sweat from your hands. Now who wouldn't want to remove that from your lovely yarn?
The lovely people at Eucalan and Stitch Craft Marketing sent me over my favorite wool wash to use in the video below. Eucalan is my 'go-to' wash for wool because it puts lanolin back into the fibers and because it has essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus which protect your yarn from moths and other unmentionable bugs! =)
You can find Eucalan at most local yarn shops or here online http://eucalan.com/find-eucalan