Are your knits plagued by pills? I know the answer is yes. If you are a hand knitter, then you cannot avoid pills. All knitted fabric, machine knit or hand knit, will pill at some point, usually only after a few wears. Fabric pilling is the formation of small, fuzzy balls on the surface of a fabric and is in no way an indication that you have a cheap yarn or garment. Even the most expensive yarns and fabric can pill. Certain types of fibers are more prone to fabric pilling than others, but pilling and fuzzing is a normal part of wear and tear. Short or loose fibers on the surface of the knitted garment tend to tangle together and form a tuft or pill. Fuzzier fabrics, like angora, are particularly prone to fabric pilling, since they are characterized by plentiful, loose fibers. The slight abrasion of simply wearing a garment will cause the looser fibers to join together. You'll find pilling mostly on cuffs and under arms and the sides of your sweater.
The good news it that pilling will slow down after a time as soon there are fewer loose fibers to pill up. But in the meantime, we all need an awesome de-piller, and I've found it. I've been using the Gleener for several years. While I've owned many de-pillers and de-fuzzers over the years, the Gleener is by far the easiest and the best. I got my Gleener at Bed Bath and Beyond but they are available at many drug stores and sell for about $20, and well worth the price. It comes with a lint/hair brush on one end, and at the other end is a de-piller with three interchangeable edges, from light to heavy duty depending on your type of fabric. The edges are easy to pop on and off, and truly, works like a charm on natural and synthetic fibers. My entire sweater was filled with tufted pills and it took me less than 3 minutes to brush it back to it's original beauty. For the record, I have used this on even my most delicate knits such as my Kidsilk Haze sweaters and my Angora Haze sweaters. The tool is thorough, but gentle and every knitter needs one.
I wrote to Gleener and told them how much I loved their product and knew my readers would like it too and asked them to send me one as a giveaway. Sure, I know that sounds cheeky, but they kindly sent me three! To enter the giveaway, please be a follower of Knitionary and leave a comment below. For a second chance, leave a comment on the Knitionary Facebook page under the Gleener picture. This is open to North American readers only. I've got 3 to give away and I'll keep this open for a few days. Good luck! Oh, and make sure I know how to get a hold of you. The best way is your Rav ID or leave your email. Thanks!
|We can't avoid pills, but we can fight him!|
|After: Tough on pills, easy on fabric.|
|Fuzz and pills are gone from my pretty sweater!|
|You can throw out the useless sweater stones and those hopeless shavers, the Gleener is the best!|
Thank you to the kind folks at Gleener
The Gleener at Bed, Bath and Beyond
The Gleener at The Grommet
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I just found out there are copy-cat "Gleeners" that are cheap and break easily.
When shopping, make sure you get the real thing. I've used mine for 2 years.