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Erinplus3
Chatty Knitter

USA
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Posted - 10/18/2005 :  1:57:11 PM  Show Profile Send Erinplus3 a Private Message
I knitted an adorable jacket and hat set for my 3 y/o DD out of Cascade 220 and she's going through a smelling stage right now where she notices any and every type of odor. She's complaining about the wool smell and I'm not sure what to do. I've washed it in Eucalan and that's seemed to make it smell more "wooly" than before.

Any products out there that might mask that wooly smell?

blwinteler
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USA
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Posted - 10/18/2005 :  2:20:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit blwinteler's Homepage  Send blwinteler a Yahoo! Message Send blwinteler a Private Message
Vinegar usually works to get rid of smells. Give it a gentle rinse with water and a bit of vinegar. The vinegar smell will go away as it dries, taking some of the wool smell with it.

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Brandy

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sarakate
Seriously Hooked

USA
818 Posts

Posted - 10/18/2005 :  2:48:09 PM  Show Profile Send sarakate a Private Message
Steve Allen recommended adding some vanilla to the rinse water for stuff that had a musty odor. I don't know if that would help with just the natural sheep odor, but it's unlikely to hurt.
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Andy
Seriously Hooked

USA
774 Posts

Posted - 10/18/2005 :  4:22:06 PM  Show Profile Send Andy a Private Message
If someone is very smell sensitive, like my daughter, she will complain of the vinegar odor, as my daughter did! I just told her it would get better and she is accepting of that.

Andy-wommon
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blazfglori
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USA
1333 Posts

Posted - 10/18/2005 :  4:45:37 PM  Show Profile Send blazfglori a Private Message
Have you tried the lavendar eucalan?

How about a wash in baking soda?


~Lori

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Erinplus3
Chatty Knitter

USA
189 Posts

Posted - 10/18/2005 :  6:44:47 PM  Show Profile Send Erinplus3 a Private Message
Thanks so much for the suggestions. I'll try them all and see if any of them work. :)

I've never tried the Lavender Eucalan, does it leave a nice lavender smell after washing things with it? That might work, because my DD loves all perfume and floral smells.
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chasingneedles
Warming Up

Canada
55 Posts

Posted - 10/18/2005 :  7:11:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit chasingneedles's Homepage Send chasingneedles a Private Message
When I set the twist in my handspun yarn I was it in shampoo (for colour treated hair). It's gentle and it leaves my yarn smelling like clean hair rather than wet wool.

*Kristin*
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