I am about finished with a cotton blanket I've been working on. I intend to give it as a gift and I have a question about washing it. It's lace so I need to block it. Should I just wash it by hand and block it out like wool? Since it is machine washable, I wondered if I should wash it and dry it in the machine before I give it away so that it will shrink (if it's going to shrink)?
I don't know if I can ever do a blanket in cotton again. It kills my hands!