As you know, there was a Martha Stewart hand warmer fiasco this past week in the Sassy household.
I sent an e-mail to Martha Stewart and to their credit, received a quick reply.
Me: I bought pie weights and cashmere to make Hand Warmers as found in your Holiday issue last year (and on your website until recently). I made a test warmer and microwaved them per the instructions - the first time was great! The second time - not so great. The cashmere started burning.
Is there a way to avoid this? I've invested a bit of money into this project. Thank you.
Someone at MSLO: Thank you for writing to Martha Stewart Living.
Make sure the cashmere doesn't have a synthetic blend (ie stretch, polyester, rayon).
New e-mail from Me: Thank you for your reply! The cashmere does not have synthetic fibers - any other suggestions?
Someone from MSLO: You might want to try a lower heat setting or shorter amount of time.
Another e-mail from Me: OK. I will look into experimenting. I am giving them as gifts so I'm worried about different microwaves, different heats. I also thought about making sure my thread is 100% cotton. Would adding water in a bowl in the microwave be a bad idea?
P.S. Why was this project removed from the Martha Stewart website?
Someone from MSLO: Its something you would have to test.
Me (not in an e-mail back): Gee, thanks. NOT. Grrr. I didn't want to write back being irritated. And why was this project removed from the website? I'm pretty sure it was even on a segment on the new craft show (I'll have to check my tapes). So, I'm off to waste some cashmere and test using it with water in the microwave as I certainly can't give gifts to people that say - "Test in your microwave - if it catches fire, let me know."
I wrote them again explaining that I tried to follow their directions as written and that there were no warnings and I was disappointed in their response as I was asking their help for a pattern that they created--not one that I came up with on my own. It was a 5 paragrapher, too long to update here. Their concise response:
We apologize for being unable to direct you further.