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Saving your sweaters

October 13, 2015

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If you live anywhere, except maybe on the equator or in the Caribbean, you probably have a array of different types of sweaters in your wardrobe. From chunky knits, soft cashmere, fluffy angora, to traditional wool, you need them all when the weather turns chilly.

Like me, you must have a few sweaters that you just can't bear to part with. Two in particular come to mind. A gray cashmere button-down, sleeveless, cape style sweater that I bought at MaxMara in Italy a few years ago. And, a black, open collared wool vest, with dubious origins and no tags, that hits mid-thigh. Perhaps a thrift-store find? It's been so long I don't remember. I wear it all fall layered over a long sleeve scoop neck Adea tee.

Every fall is the same process. I take my sweaters out of storage, inspect them and take stock. Almost always I notice the little balls under the arms or on the side where I hold my bag. Were those pills there when I put them away in the spring? Or did I just not notice them in my haste to forget winter?

Time to save my sweaters. This article on Fashionista.com takes about an electric sweater shaver. Martha Stewart suggests using small scissors or a razor blade to get rid of the dreaded fuzzy balls. There's also a mention of a sweater comb. I think I'll start with small cuticle scissors and see how it goes.

Has anyone had success with one method in particular?

- Christina



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