Settle Down Now
April 6, 2011
I seem to have caused some freaking out with my reference to putting the finished sample for the Mitered Crosses Blanket in my so-called foreign washing machine. I need to clear this up, stat, before the knitting police haul me away.
1. Why did I refer to my galley-kitchen-sized stacking washing machine as “foreign”? Longtime readers will remember an incident with my prior washing machine, the venerable Herr Miele. Like its predecessor, the current washing machine, Eine Kleine Nacht Miele, is from Deutschland, or at least has relations there. Its ways are strange to me, from its multiple choices of temperature (including both “cold” and the mysterious “no heat”, and hots ranging from merely “hot” to “very hot” to “sanitize”) to its cycles lasting from 39 minutes to 2 hours and 13 minutes, while using no measurable quantity of water. Hence I call it “foreign.” I mean no offense, but I was raised on the kind of machine that takes up half the basement, has a choice of “Hot/Warm/Cold”, holds many gallons of good old American H2O, and is operated by pulling the dial out while simulaneously trying not to pull the dial OFF. Right or wrong, to me that is a proper domestic appliance and always will be.
2. Why in the name of all that is sacred did I put a blanket comprised of 18 skeins of rare and mostly discontinued Noro Silk Garden into the—[unearthly howl]–WASHING MACHINE? Here’s why and how: EKN Miele has a setting called “handwash.” If you saw a human handwashing a garment in the manner of this machine, you would say, “That’s not ‘washing’; that’s ‘moistening.’” The handwash cycle on this particular machine is extremely gentle. It is the washing-machine equivalent of a mother spitting on a Kleenex to wipe a spot of schmutz from a beloved child’s cheek. I have tested it many times. I am confident that I could wash a living creature on the handwash cycle, with no harm done.
And in fact, no harm was done.
3. Should people wash their Noro Silk Garden blankets in the washing machine? On the advice of counsel, and as a matter of protecting myself from liability, I say HELL NO. I am sorry to have mentioned it. I am over the age of legal consent, and I have machine washed my blanket as a matter of personal choice, at my own risk and on my own responsibility, in a privately owned and maintained washing machine. I do not advise, counsel, or recommend that anyone else take such action.
It’s really all right.