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Take Care Of Your Sweater!

Sweaters are an investment. We want to make sure that when we finally return to them after the warmer months (sigh), they’re in good condition and ready for action.

At the same time, summer is amateur hour, and we want to make sure that we don’t destroy our sweaters by treating them with the free-spirited carelessness with which we donned our favorite light tees.

It is a delicate cycle full of infinite mysteries (i.e. where are these holes coming from?), but at least you have Yahoo Makers here to guide you on your sweater-care journey.

Here are some basic tips and tricks to properly store and care for your sweaters:

Hang your sweaters so they don’t stretch

Fold them in half vertically, and place the hanger hook in the armpit of the sweater. Fold the arms over one side of the hanger, and the waist over the other. Voilà! No more poofy shoulders or sagging hemlines.

Fix a snag

It’s easy to snag your sweater, but impossible to travel back in time and undo your foolish actions. No problem! Turn your sweater inside out and use a crochet hook to pull the snagged wool through the sweater. Tie the wool in a few knots to keep it in place.

Dry your sweaters correctly

Never wring your sweater! Gently squeeze out the water. Lay it flat on a towel, and roll it up to remove excess water. Dry your sweater flat on a towel or a drying rack.

Shrink your stretched-out cuffs

Rather than shrinking your whole sweater in a dryer, dip your cuffs in hot water and blot them. Then place them on a towel, and blow-dry them using the hottest setting.

Stretch a shrunken sweater

Did you accidentally put your wool, cashmere, or angora sweater in the dryer and turn it into a Barbie boyfriend sweater? You’re not alone! Soak your sweater in room-temperature water that has fabric softener in it. Blot it dry, stretch it to the dimensions you want, and then pin it to a board. Once it’s dry, iron it to set the shape. Ya snooze, ya lose, Barbie!

Remove pills

Sweater pills are inevitable and seem infinite. To get rid of them, hold the sweater flat with one hand and slice off pills one at a time with a basic disposable razor.

Keep moths from munching on your favorite sweater

Moths breed in natural fibers. They also have pretty specific tastes: dirt, sweat, and dust. Prevent an infestation by:

  1. Dusting and cleaning your closet regularly.
  2. Never storing dirty knitwear.
  3. Using cedar hangers or lavender sachets to repel moths.
  4. Storing seasonal knitwear in sealed, airtight plastic bags during warm months.

Positano Lovin’ on the Amalfi Coast

Joanna Lea Hudson

z8z10z18z1911885674378453z61219573.75p4p19p5p37p36p38p35136898763785385p10127658473.758312159685+6812065273.085743.1167543.5473p3954354p29p14z7z7z6z5z4z3z2z1zp18p22p23p20p24p271398587387387127085967375122654837583117885743678123185973671187857436714159876851396543.542431191658743.687451185574373p28 I couldn’t wait to write about Positano because there’s really nothing like it. The Amalfi coast is one of the most beautiful places and I fell in love with it. I made the trip to Positano by way of Naples and I am so glad I hired a driver because I got to watch the sun set along the Sorrento coast. My driver insisted we stop and take proper pictures because he saw me trying to snap a few with my cell phone. “What’s that mountain?,” I asked.. “Oh that’s Mount Vesuvius.” I had no idea how close I was to Pompeii and wish I had set aside time to see it!

Since the sun had gone down during my drive down the coast when I arrived in Positano it was dark but even then I could tell by it’s twinkling lights and the bright moon it was beautiful.


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Japanese Fashion

The Amazing Travels

Japan has had centuries of serious fashion scenes…so serious that at one point in its history, fashion became a threat to the social order of its society!

Japan’s fashion world has been so colorful – from their distinctly Japanese form of clothing during ancient times, to the rapidly-evolving fashion industry of the modern times.

Kimono is a traditional Japanese robe worn by every Japanese from the Heian period (794 to 1185) up to the Edo period (1603-1868). The kimono style had interestingly evolved through time.  When it was introduced during the Heian period, the focus was more on the cut, fabric and comfort. From the Kamakura Period (1192-1338) to the Edo period (1603-1868), it revealed information about the status of the wearer. There was a distinction of colors and patterns for the samurai of each realm. Each noble clan had a crest and the circular emblems were either on the…

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