Congratulations! Your hand knitted object looks fabulous! All your hard work and attention to details has really paid off. Now it is time to protect your investment. Inevitably you will have to wash your work. How do you do this without ruining the whole thing?
I was going to try to write it all out for you, but there comes a time when I should just step aside and let a real expert tell you all about it. Clara Parkes of "Knitter's Review" has already laid it all out for you. In her article "Dirty Work: How to Clean Your Handknits", she walks you right through it. She has even included a Frequently Asked Questions section and a helpful comments section. Go, click and be educated my minions.