Sweaters that pill? Blech!
It's definitely a pet peeve of us knitters and crocheters. Who wants to see pills and fuzz on projects we spent many loving hours knitting or crocheting?
Unfortunately, as a lover of fine fibers like cashmere and alpaca, pills are par for the course.
A product called the Lilly Brush promises to come to the rescue! Let's put it to the Sweater[Babe] test!
TEST #1: My black 100% baby alpaca cardigan (loom knit!).
See the pills? This cardigan is one I used to wear often, but the little pills that have gathered under the sleeves and at the sides where my sleeves rub against the body of the cardigan are rather unsightly, so this cardigan was banished to a back shelf.
I used the Lilly brush on it, and it actually worked quite well! See the after photo below.
There were lots of little pills, so I did have to brush and clean the brush out, then repeat several times.
See the pile of pills and fuzz that came off? Impressive!
TEST #2: My Malabrigo Sleeveless Cowl Neck!
After just maybe 6 wearings, there were already some big pills and fuzzing at the underarms that I didn't appreciate!
Some brisk brushing of the Lilly brush worked to remove the little pills. A slightly more aggressive brushing helped get more of the excess fuzz off. I did notice though, that if I brushed it too harshly, I was getting more halo than I wanted, as it ended up pulling some of the fibers out from the stitches. NOTE TO SELF: Go a little easier on the Lilly brushing with single-plied yarns like Malabrigo Worsted!
So, bottom line? Does it work? YES. I do recommend the Lilly brush, as it's the only thing I've ever seen that effectively removes pills (and lint too!). And it's packaged in a nice way. No sticky rollers that stick to your patterns and everything else.
Yes, I've used sweater shavers in the past, but there is no way I will ever allow a shaver to touch something I've knit and potentially cut off a part of a stitch! So, those sweater shavers have all gone in the trash eons ago. Too risky.
And picking off the pills just seems to leave a sweater, that, well, looks picked at.
(BTW - The Lilly Brush is only effective on natural fibers. According to their usage information, synthetic fibers are too long, so the pills won't effectively come off with the gentle brushing from a Lilly Brush.)
To learn more about the Lilly brush and see where it's available online, check out their site at http://lillybrush.com/
*** SO, now for the GIVEAWAY! ***
HOW TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY: You can do one or more of the following to enter.
1) Make a pattern purchase from SweaterBabe.com of any knitting pattern, crochet pattern, or eBook pattern collection from now through March 31, 2014. Every purchase counts as an entry, so feel free to make multiple purchases to be entered multiple times! NOTE: Excludes free patterns.
2) Post a comment on this blog post telling us your pilling story (or nightmare!). AND share this giveaway: , or share it on Facebook! Comments must be posted by 9pm PST, March 31, 2014. One comment per person only, please.
Shortly after March 31, I'll randomly choose 4 entrants to each receive a BLACK Lilly Brush (See Black one in the nice box - it's just like the Red one, but the casing is black).
THAT'S IT! Good luck to all!*
* Giveaway prizes can be sent to US or Canadian addresses ONLY. Winners will be notified by email. If winner does not reply by email with mailing address within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.
*** 4/4/14: Announcing the 4 lucky winners! ***
- Allison B., who commented on 3/12/14.
- Nicole S. who made a pattern purchase on 3/22/14
- Kerensa M., who made a pattern purchase on 3/23/14.
- Jennie K., who made a pattern purchase on 3/12/14.
I've emailed you all. Thanks for entering and congrats!