With the cables clutch I needed to block (shape) the final piece. Even though I used acrylic yarn I still needed to block the piece so the edges wouldn’t curl as much. But not only that, I kind of wanted to give it a wash to clean the every day dirt (not to mention hand sweat from occasional bouts of crochet cables frustration), natural oils, lotions, and okay I will admit the occasional cookie crumb – hands can get dirty and so does the project you’re handling! Earlier this year I was gifted a fiber and fabric wash from Bijou Basin Ranch. They are a small family run ranch where they raise Tibetan yaks for their glossy coats to make yarns. They sent me a few samples of their Allure Fiber Wash and I had been waiting for a chance to try some out.
For the clutch I decided to try the Prairie Breeze wash. I followed the instructions on the bottle – use 2 capfuls of soap to a gallon of water and soak the item for about 10 minutes. The soap smelled so lovely, almost like it should be a luxurious bubble bath. I’m actually tempted to bathe in it! It wasn’t an overpowering scent, just fresh and fragrant. The bottle said there’s no need to rinse but I may have used a tiny bit more soap than I needed so I ran the piece under some cool water for a few seconds and then gently squeezed out some water. I squeezed out more water by rolling the crochet rectangle in a thick towel and then pinned it down to give it shape. I was happy to find no soap residue. It’s been a few days since I washed the clutch and it still has a mild fragrance.
After blocking I measured the piece and found scrap fabric that was the right size for a liner – and a nice contrasting colour too. I was very lazy about making this liner so I used fusible web to iron the visible hems but sewed the sides before attaching it to the clutch. The original pattern instructions said to use a magnetic snap but I decided to go with a button instead.