For most of you guys it’s probably sweater weather by now. In which case, I’m extremely jealous. Actually, it’s been quite cold here in the mornings, and a couple days last week it was cool enough for me to wear light sweaters during the day. But not my cashmere, unfortunately.
I did get around to switching out my closet a bit over the weekend though, which meant taking my sweaters out of their storage boxes and transferring them to drawers. Most of my cashmere is pretty old (5-6 years), I honestly don’t know if my Inhabit NY cashmere turtleneck is oldest or my Theory v-neck, but they were both looking a little worse for wear, having never been brushed to remove the pills. And I always hand-wash my cashmere and I swear that makes them more pill-y. Anyway, when Lilly Brush contacted me and wanted to send me a brush to try out, of course I said yes, please! I was always scared to try a sweater shaver, because what if you shave a hole in it?? I would be devastated to ruin any of my cashmere.
So, while I was transferring my sweaters, I spent some time brushing them with the Lilly Brush and am very pleased with how they turned out. Here’s one of my Inhabit cashmere cardigans – I brushed the right side (your right) and left the left side as-is, can you see the difference??
Next I tackled my favorite Inhabit cashmere turtleneck. This one was in BAD shape and took a long time to de-pill, but it was worth it, it just looks soft and cozy now, instead of ratty and old like it did before:
The brush is almost easier to use if you’re wearing the sweater, or if it’s laid out on a pillow, because you have to pull it a bit and brush it the other way. You can also use the brush to remove pet hair from furniture or clothing (I used it on my James Perse brushed jersey leggings which attract hair/lint like nobody’s business), which I love – it’s easier than getting out the vacuum cleaner, and more eco-friendly than tape rollers. The Lilly brush does not work on polyester blends though, so it won’t work on your Everlane sweatshirts if yours are pilling as badly as mine are! It’s only good on natural fibers like cashmere, cotton or wool. Overall though, it’s a fabulous product and one I’m glad I tried. I’ll put it to good use, I know, anyway, I have about five more cashmere sweaters to work on!
Would you like your own Lilly Brush? You can buy one now for $12.95 on their website, but I’m also giving away three Lilly Brushes to three lucky readers! The contest is open US & Canadian readers (yay!), and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment about your favorite or oldest sweater you’d use the Lilly Brush on. You can also leave a comment telling us how you care for your cashmere to keep it looking new and cozy for years; I’d love to hear your tips! (just leave one comment though)
I will run the contest for one week (ends next Wednesday, October 30) and choose three winners randomly from the comments. Once I’ve chosen your comment I’ll email you to confirm and then will send your information to Elsie from Lilly Brush who will send out the brushes.
(Take a look at the Lilly Brush facebook page for more reviews and pictures)