I love to wear sweaters. But they have an unfortunately habit of “pilling.” Perhaps there’s a better word for this, but they’ll get fuzzy after enough wears and washes and start to look old. At one point I tried one of those “lint removing stones” — it’s like a pumice stone –but I didn’t find it very effective. I was complaining about this problem one day to my husband and he said there was a tool his mother always used to just shave them right off. Maybe everyone and their mother already knows about this, but it was news to me. I bought it off of Amazon and loved it dearly, even though it came from Japan so I couldn’t read any of the directions. The directions really weren’t that necessary — it just needed batteries — and then it let me shave my sweaters to look like new whenever they required it.

I only brought two suitcases to Japan so the shaver didn’t make the cut (ahem). As much as I hate buying plastic we were moving to the country that created it. This time we bought it off Amazon.com.jp. My new shaver plugs into the wall, which makes it a little more awkward but perhaps greener. I think it may be louder than my old one (I don’t remember the brand) but it works just as well.

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Here’s an example of a sweater that’s started to pill.

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All better!

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