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Teatime
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USA
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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  06:54:56 AM  Show Profile Send Teatime a Private Message
The wool I bought at the Maryland S&W was a little smelly. Yesterday I hung the skeins on the porch to 'air'. A quick storm went by while I was at my son's baseball game and my yarn got wet/damp (the porch is covered so the rain must have been horizontal) It now smells much worse. It's not that 'wet dog' smell that felting has. Any ideas how I can freshen it up?

Thanks

Ann

RoseByAny
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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  07:05:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
Have you tried Febreeze or similar products like that?

Be careful how you hang them, especially if they're now wet - you don't want the yarn to stretch!!!

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
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knit_chick
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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  07:09:21 AM  Show Profile Send knit_chick a Private Message
Febreeze is a good product to use. You might want to check for color-fastness, just in case.

In addition to Febreeze, you can put the yarn in a Ziploc bag with a fabric softener sheet. That usually eliminates the bad smell, too.

Good luck!
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jade
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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  07:17:29 AM  Show Profile Send jade a Private Message
Wool is often smelly when wet. I think you're smelling the lanolin. That will pass when the yarn dries, and the original smell may be gone as well.

If not, Febreze does work.

Cheryl
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Teatime
Chatty Knitter

USA
109 Posts

Posted - 05/06/2004 :  08:01:41 AM  Show Profile Send Teatime a Private Message
Thank You, I am febreezing as I type I did think about the stretching and laid them down flat, on a towel on top of the warm tumble drier. What bought the smell to my atttention was my husband went into the laundry room last night and thought there was a dead mouse/chipmunk in there. He was quite serious

Take Care

Ann
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Chequamegon
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231 Posts

Posted - 05/06/2004 :  10:29:57 AM  Show Profile Send Chequamegon a Private Message
One way I deal with dry smelly yarn is to put it in a plastic ziploc bag along with a scented candle. This is a great way to pefume yarn. The fiber becomes subtlety scented. I bought some linen that smelled like a hay barn. It was real nasty. And after two months it smelled great. Really stinky yarn needs to be sealed away for a longer period of time. Sometimes I just do this for the heck of it to make the yarn smell good. It could lead to knitting aroma therapy.

Mary

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Marg in Mirror
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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  12:29:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit Marg in Mirror's Homepage  Send Marg in Mirror a Yahoo! Message Send Marg in Mirror a Private Message
Mary, what a lovely and unique idea!!

-- Marg in Calgary

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ailurokat


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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  8:08:15 PM  Show Profile Send ailurokat a Private Message
i've heard of putting smelly finished objects in a box with coal or baking soda - each of these is really good at sucking out odors. i'm sure you could do it with skeins as well. just be sure not to let it come in contact with the coal or soda, so it doesn't get dirty.
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cara_momtaz@yahoo.com


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Posted - 05/07/2004 :  10:01:30 AM  Show Profile Send cara_momtaz@yahoo.com a Private Message
I recently took a fresh bar of scented soap, put it in one of the new "vented" ziploc bags made especially for vegetables, and then place the smelly yarn and the soap into a larger 1 gallon vented ziploc. After a week, the yarn smelled so lovely!
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Posted - 05/07/2004 :  1:15:15 PM  Show Profile Send n/a a Private Message
I recommend that you wash the yarn or sweater again in a shampoo with the fragrance of your choice. I also use regular ol' hair conditioner on some of my wool or sweaters after I wash them so they not only smell great, but become soft and feel nice next to my skin (even if I've used a scratchier wool).

D
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psk555@optonline.net
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Posted - 05/08/2004 :  10:56:48 AM  Show Profile Send psk555@optonline.net a Private Message
I learned how to make my yarn smell great from TESS YARNS...put a SNUGGLE fabric softener sheet in your knitting bag or basket...It works!
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Stitchkeepers@yahoo.com


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Posted - 05/08/2004 :  12:22:50 PM  Show Profile Send Stitchkeepers@yahoo.com a Private Message
I bought a sweater for my husband at the NY Sheep and Wool Festival and it smelled awful. I washed it three times in various wool soaps and finally gave up. As a last resort I took it to the cleaners. The problem was solved. It seems that the wool had been treated with something that would prevent moths from eating it. The chemicals in the cleaning solution were the perfect solution to the problem. It is very soft after the three washings and he loves wearing it after the cleaning.
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