Thursday, September 17, 2020

Household Essentials Anyone?

I don't really have anything to post about, but I bought something new lately that is very exciting and entirely random and yet also I think entirely worth sharing. So here it is along with another handy little item. You can get both of these at Joann's Fabric in the mending and washing and ironing section. The sweater comb I've had for years; it's about four dollars. The snag nab-it tool is three dollars and it's my new and exciting purchase. 

The sweater comb is for when you have a sweater (or other wool/wool-type product) that is getting pilling. You just brush it gently with the comb and all of that loose wool will gather onto the comb; you can then remove it and your sweater is new and nice again. A must have. It's not only great for your favorite sweater at home but also for that 100% cashmere sweater in the thrift store that is just right except that it's covered in pilling so no one wants it. Granted, if a sweater is really bad, it might take a little bit of time to clean it up, but it's worth it.

The snag tool came in two different styles. The other one had a little hook on the end to grab the end with, but I thought that this slimmer tool would be better for finer materials (versus bulky, coarse sweaters). It's basically a thick needle; instead of an eye, it has a rough tip. You poke the tool through the middle of a snag and push it through and the rough end will grab the snag and pull it along. Amazing. If you have a sweater, you can usually push the snag back through with just a regular needle or something. But I've also used this one on a silk/cotton knit blouse (my bearded dragon was responsible for that snag), and it pushed the snag back in easily without damaging the more delicate fabric. It also worked great on my heavy cotton bedspread. Super fast and simple.

Again, I'm just rambling about random products because I had nothing to post about today. But they do both go with the concepts I often repeat: buy to keep and take care of what you buy and buy things that can be repaired before replaced. And these two tools will help in the care and keeping of your clothing and scarves and blankets. 

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