Published On: August 6, 2015

So I like scarves.  Not so much knitted scarves (shocking I know), but really really big, really really thin cashmere scarves.  The sort that are way longer than you are tall, wide enough to make a respectable lap blanket, and thin enough to read a newspaper through.  I have a few of these, and I find them ridiculously handy (as always, amazon links are affiliate links).

The only thing is, after I wear them a few times, they start to look a bit, um, disheveled.  They have a few creases here and there and maybe even a bit of a haze where they’re thinking about getting pilly.  Sort of like this.before

Now, I’m sure you wouldn’t have this problem.  I’m sure you have 20 minutes allocated in your morning routine for selecting and tending to your accessories.  Actually, I’m sure you have a laundry service run by elves and they magically iron things for you when you’re not looking.  But I am not quite so organized, and so decided that I was going to embrace the wrinkles rather than fight them.  I’m lazy like that.  But I kind of love how it worked out, and there is wool involved, so I’m going to show you what I did.

Step one is to secure the end somewhere. For me, that’s a binder clip and a window handle.  I’m pretty sure you can improvise something (just try to clamp as close to the end as you can).clamp

Then start twisting.  Twist it up tight tight tight.  Tighter is better.  Get all the way to the end.twist

Then fold it in half.  It will twist back up on itself (yes, yes you are basically spinning your scarf) and clamp the ends together.  double

Toss it in the sink and let it soak for a bit.  You’ll want to squeeze it a few times to make sure it gets really soaked all the way through.  Pull it out, wring it out, and let it dry (be sure it’s dry all the way through, mine takes overnight to dry).  Open it up and it looks like this!after

I rather adore it.  Much better to embrace the crinkles rather than fight them.  The folds lasts several weeks (or until it gets wet).  If you decide you hate it, you can always just soak it and let it dry flat, you’re not doing anything permanent.  And you get the added bonus of knowing you’ve spun your scarf, which at least for me is highly amusing.

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