Hi Muffy, Just found your blog a week or two ago. Very enjoyable read, and I like the pictures. I am curious about your ratio of cotton to wool sweaters. It seems you have a preference for cotton, but this may not be the case. What is the rationale for your preference? Thank you.
Dear Muffy, How do you prevent navy cotton clothing from fading in the wash? I have a navy cotton sweater that's just two years old and it's already looking shabby. I've noticed that other navy cotton clothing articles are also fading. Thank you in advance.
The only reason I have more cotton sweaters than wool is because they are much easier to find. I would love to buy more wool, but the pickings are very slim for women. I can no longer find classically styled, well constructed wool sweaters.
Regarding care, I first have to say that my sweaters get a lot of hard use. Just today, dropping off a copy of the book and a check for our CSA at our friend's farm with my husband, I realized just how much wear my sweaters get:
I can't walk by a paddock of animals. (And I do love the source of wool.)
I have to say hello.
And it is always good to be thought of as part of the pack of a farm's future protector of the sheep.
Then I have to do it over again on the way out, to the amusement of the farmer (and friend of fifteen years).
In my experience, a certain amount of fading after washing is inevitable. One piece of conventional wisdom is to turn sweaters inside out when washing, then air dry. When I have used this method, while it does slow the fading, my navy sweaters come out with a light coating of lint, especially down outside crease of the arm.
Ultimately, I rather like the look of faded navy (whether it be hats, jackets or sweaters), want to wear my sweaters comfortably, and hate picking off lint. So now I hold back as long as possible, and then just throw them in with other dark items, put them in the dryer for about 15 minutes, then air dry. (Although sometimes I forget and leave them in for the entire cycle, which happily hasn't really been a problem.)