Soak Wash: For The Things We Love

We use Soak Wash for all our hand knits and delicate garments. Luckily, we have every scent and scentless stacked up at our office, and with the spring/summer season rolling in we thought this was the ideal time to talk about washing knits for summer storage.


There is nothing worse for a knitter than finding holes in a precious knit after months of storage. These holes are usually created by moths or vermin that find the smallest food particles, sweat, or other tasty things left behind in our woolies. To preserve knits, we recommend laundering your wools properly before packing them away for the summer.

Why We Love Soak Wash:

  • Soak is manufactured in a skin care facility, making it hypoallergenic and gentle enough to use on the most sensitive skin types.

  • It’s rinse-free, meaning you get all the benefits of a gentle cleanser without needing to rinse out heavy winter knits. The gentle suds bind with the dirt and grease and wash away.

  • Soak contains no lanolin, meaning this wash will not buildup on fine fabrics. Even wool does not benefit from the addition of lanolin; it builds up on fibers, making them prone to attracting dirt.

  • Other wool wash products use essential oils as their scent base, which can cause an allergic reaction in some users. Soak uses 100% hypoallergenic fragrance, making it the perfect choice for sensitive skin.


A Quick Guide to Hand Washing:

  1. Wash ALL your hand knits together! Double check that all your knits are colorfast, and fill up a tub, sink, or anything large enough to hold all your knits and let them soak together. This makes less work in the long run.

  2. TOWELS, TOWELS, TOWELS! Get a bunch of towels for wringing out your knits. Squeeze out as much water as possible while they are still in their wash tub. Wet wool is very delicate and can stretch out easily when it’s saturated. Then carefully pick it up and lay it out in a towel. Roll up the towel and lean or stand on the towel to get as much water out as possible.

  3. Wash your knits on a sunny day. Take advantage of the warm, sunny spring weather. If you are lucky enough to have a back porch, patio, or place to lay out your knits in the sunshine they will dry extra fast and smell wonderful.

  4. Be patient! After you lay out your knits walk away and let them dry fully. The last thing you want after taking the time to wash them is to get mildew smell from damp knits in storage. Yuck.

So get to washing your knits!

Did you know we distribute Soak Wash in the US? Find our Soak Wash stockists below, give them a call and order up a pack of scents for your most precious hand knits.

Our Soak Wash Stockists

The Artful Yarn
100 N Main St
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
(440) 321-9754

Avenue Yarns
1325 Solano Ave
Albany, CA 94706
(510) 526-9276

Bliss Yarns
127 Franklin Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 370-8717

Casting On
305 E College Ave
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 915-2360

Cream City Yarn
15565 W North Ave
Brookfield, WI 53005
(262) 923-7014

Ewe-nique Knits
515 S Lafayette Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 584-3001

Ewe and I
566 N Market Blvd
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 345-1506

Fancywork Yarn Shop
200 NE Greenwood Ave
Suite 2
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 323-8686

Fibre Space
1319 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 664-0344

Fillory Yarn
1702-H Meridian Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 620 1042

Finch Knitting + Sewing Studio
102 Loudoun Street SW
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 777-8000

3897 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6642

ImagiKnit, NE
12100 W Center Rd
Omaha, NE 68144
(402) 932-9525

Jimmy Beans Wool
4850 Joule St
Suite A1
Reno, NV 89502
(775) 827-9276

Knit House on Main
32 Main St, Belvedere
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 937-5246

The Knitter’s Nest
5922 S Main St
Village of Clarkston, MI 48346
(248) 707-6442

The Knotty Lamb
2003 19th Ave
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 992-0606

Luna Lola
3433, 3000 Rosewood Dr
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 397-4006

Needle & Skein
5814 Excelsior Blvd
St Louis Park, MN 55416
(952) 303-3895

12456 Memorial Dr,
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 722-7244

Nina Chicago
1655 W Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 486-8996

West 7th Wool 
3612 West 7th St, Suite D 
Fort Worth, TX 76107

404 King Farm Blvd
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 632-9276

The Yarn Maven
62 W Commerce Street
Smyrna, DE 19977
(302) 508-5256

Yarn Social
1707 W 45th St
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 867-0522

Yarn VT
80 S Main St,
Waterbury, VT 05676
(802) 241-2244

147 Valley Rd
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 572-9276

Yarns N’ More
2605 E Main St
Endicott, NY 13760
(607) 786-9276

Yarns to Dye For
59 W. Bankview Drive
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-4906

In Bloom: BC Garn Alba for Spring/Summer Knits

Do you love to knit year round, but don’t know what to make? Well, we have you covered!

At Kelbourne Woolens, we not only knit (and crochet) year round, but we wear our knits, too. It’s all about pairing a breathable fiber with a beautiful pattern. BC Garn’s range of yarns includes several plant fiber bases that we turn to during the spring and summer for ourselves.

Today we’re discussing BC Garn Alba —a worsted weight, GOTS-certified 100% organic cotton that comes in a range of 24 gentle to bright colors.

Judoka by Lia Moya, in Pom Pom Quarterly #25, is a sweet little bento bag perfect for playing with Alba’s color palette and geometric knitting. Depending on how big or small you make the bag, it will hold one or several balls of yarn and your current WIPs.

Image: Laura Morsman

Image: Laura Morsman

If you’re like us, we’ve always got our eyes peeled for a simple spring cardigan. Regina Moessmer delivers with COAST— a figure flattering, versatile cardigan made in Alba that is all about the finishing details. Find the perfect buttons and take care with the button bands and blocking for a cardigan that goes from the office to an evening walk along the shore.

Image: Regina Moessmer

Image: Regina Moessmer

Do you work in a freezing office? Or want an accessory to wear with a summer dress? Emma Fassio’s Nuvole di Panna sweet and airy shawl is just the thing to keep you comfortable and cool no matter the weather.

Image: Emma Fassio

Image: Emma Fassio

This fun and dynamic knit is worked from point to point and uses yarn overs and garter stitch to create the asymmetrical shape.

We know cotton yarns can have a bad rap, but honestly, for summertime crafting they can’t be beat. If you have been hesitant to try cottons, here are some helpful tips to maximize your knitting pleasure.

KW’s Handy Tips for Knitting With Cotton Yarn

  1. RELAX. Tight knitting is no friend to cotton. Cotton and other bast (vegetable) fibers have no ‘give’ or stretch to them. If you are naturally a tight knitter, you will want to use slick needles with a sharp point, and probably in a size larger than you would think.

  2. Practice mindfulness. If you need an excuse to meditate or add a daily mindfulness practice to your routine, a cotton based knitting project may be just the thing, especially if you are a naturally tight knitter. Concentrate on your work, stitch by stitch, ensuring that you’re giving yourself plenty of room in that stitch to make it easy for yourself. What better analogy do you need for self care?

  3. Choose an unmercerized cotton. Mercerized cottons are treated with a chemical process to make them slick and shiny, and the mercerized fibers take dye more readily, creating a deeper, more saturated color. For handknitting, however, mercerization adds no tangible benefit. An unmercerized, natural cotton will feel softer in your hands and be more pleasant to knit with. Bonus points for choosing an organic cotton, like BC Garn’s Alba.

  4. Choose a small project knit at a naturally loose gauge. If it’s your first time knitting with cotton, choose a bite-sized project to try it out. A simple garter stitch facecloth or baby’s bib makes a great gift item!

Have your own project in mind? Explore the colors of BC Garn Alba here. Find all our BC Garn stockists here and get knitting for the warm weather.

Happy (Spring) Knitting!

Find BC Garn Alba at these featured retailers!

75 Service Center Road
Northampton, MA 01061

1453 14th St Suite E
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Great Yarns
1208 Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 37607

Row House Yarns
Online Only

Spring Warehouse Sale!

It’s time to clear out the warehouse and make room for new, beautiful yarns and products!

Join us on May 11, 10 am -5 pm for our quarterly warehouse sale. We’ll have piles and stacks of sale products, including:

  • yarn

  • FREE knitting patterns

  • signed books

  • coned yarns

  • mill ends

  • mugs, pins, and more KW merch!

If you live in the greater Philadelphia area or fancy a trip to Philly on Mother’s Day weekend, please come see us. We’ll have refreshments and music all day. Let us know you’re coming by heading over to Facebook and click “Going” on our event page.

See you all soon!

~The Kelbourne Woolens Team