First of all: no, I didn’t cut my hair – this is an old photo, which I’m re-using instead of taking a new one, because, a) that’s just the kind of lazy-ass blogger I am, and, b) I don’t really need to mention my kitchen renovation again, do I? OK, good.
The reason I’ve dug out this old photo, meanwhile, was this question, which was submitted by Ginger (GREAT name, by the way!) last week:
Hi, Amber! Thanks to your constant use of them over the years, I’ve acquired five of the Hell Bunny Paloma cardigans. I LOVE them! I’ve never had a cardigan that worked so well with full skirts before, and the variety of colors is terrific. The darker colors can even be worn closed as pullovers.
But how do you wash them? The tag says to hand wash. I don’t enjoy hand washing at all, and I know they’ll just sit in the laundry pile for months. I’m about to the point of just tossing one into the wash and hoping it isn’t ruined. What do you do?
(I’m not sure if this is a blog-worthy question, but I’ve been wondering about it anyway!)
Firstly: ALL questions are blog-worthy 😉
Secondly: Honestly? I stick them in the machine. I actually didn’t even KNOW they were hand-wash only until I got this question, because I’m also the kind of lazy-ass who just throws pretty much everything into the machine, and hopes for the best. This… probably isn’t the best advice I’d ever given, but it’s true, so there you have it. And, I mean, I DO have some stuff that I hand-wash: normally the more expensive items, in fabrics like silk or cashmere, or just very precious things that I couldn’t bear to see ruined. A £20 cardigan, that could be easily replaced, though? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Our machine has a ‘delicates’ cycle, which washes at a lower temperature, so I use that on most of my “handwash only” items, and – fingers crossed – I haven’t damaged anything yet, although I’m sure my time is coming.
That’s the beauty of these cardigans, though, isn’t it? The green one I’m wearing in the photo was my very first ‘Paloma’ (I now have four more, in black, mint, pink, and baby blue): I bought it around four years ago, and not only is it still going strong (Which I guess answers the question about machine-washing), it’s also still available to buy, so even if I did ruin it, I’d easily be able to replace it. Having said that, I do have to admit that none of my “Paloma’ cardigans are in pristine condition any more. The green and black versions have worn the best, and are still looking prety good, but the pastel shades are definitely looking a little washed out now, so although machine-washing hasn’t damaged them, I’m guessing that handwashing would probably extend their lives even longer.
This question has actually just reminded me that I really need to replace some of mine soon, though: I’ve been meaning to do it for ages now, but buying replacements for items you already own is never as fun as buying something brand, spanking new, so, for those of you who share my love of cropped cardigans, here are six of my current favourites, to tempt you. Enjoy!