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    Lather washcloth | LUXE kit

    Which yarn colors do you want?
    Moonlight and Molly
    Lavender Thyme and Wolf Moon
    Raii and Foxtail
    Do you need the pattern? (+$10)

    I didn't know I needed fancy, handknit washcloths made out of silk and linen. But it turns out that I appreciate having them so very much.

    Using a few, really pretty things to care for myself (and especially to care for my body) makes my life better. Sweeter somehow. A fancy washcloth is a small thing, like using the good china or the fancy napkins.

    Maybe you need some too?

    I have kept all my handknit silk and linen cloths for myself, and you'd be completely justified to do the same. But, if you're feeling generous, you can give them as gifts—for a new baby, a special friend, a mother, a sister, a knitworthy spouse.  

    Your kit contains:

    1. All the gorgeous, hand-dyed yarn you need to make 4 washcloths: Two half-skeisn of worsted weight Luna silk/linen yarn and a coordinating quarter-skein of fingering weight

    2. Hunter's pattern + Anne's written line-by-line instructions

    3. The sweetest little bundle of handmade items to care for your body and hands. You'll want to use most of it yourself, but, if making gifts, it's super-easy to include one of the jars with the finished washcloth.

    • Orange spice body soap, handmade by Tuft Woolens
    • Almond oil to nourish the cuticles on your fingers
    • Avocado balm to re-hydrate your maker's hands
    • Arnica-infused muscle balm to keep knitting hands and joints supple
    • Peppermint & citrus sugar scrub for softening winter-dry hands

    4. A pretty little card, with Anne's block cut of a lather leaf.

    Yarn specifications

    Luna is a silk/linen yarn that is absolutely luxurious to work with. It's composed of 65% silk and 35% linen, which gives it a really unique, non-elastic, lustrous profile.

    I am dyeing two weights for Lather kits: fingering and worsted.

    Worsted: 183 yards (167 m) | 115g skein | 8-ply

    Fingering: 490 yards (448 m) | 115g skein | 3 ply (you'll get a 25g quarter skein, so about 120 yards)

    This yarn is untreated. The silk is grown in China, the linen is grown in Europe, and the yarn is spun in Canada, before being dyed by me in California.

    FAQ about Lather kits

    YES! When your kit ships, you'll get a link to download the pattern right then (from my server) and you'll also get a postcard in your kit that has a Ravelry code to add it to your library on Ravelry.

    When it's time to wash your cloth, I recommend doing so the same way you would wash a handknit: put it in a bowl with a bit of wool wash (or gentle detergent), swish it around, and lay it flat to dry.

    You can also wash your cloths in a machine and tumble dry them; however, this will shorten their life and will gradually remove the color from the silk.

    Silk is washable but not colorfast. In other words, it will fade.

    I have found that highly saturated hand-dyed colors, like Molly, tend to fade significantly with the first washing and then just a little bit thereafter. This is normal for silk.

    If colorfastness matters a great deal to you, then simply handwash your cloths to make the color last as long as possible.