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Carol in Maine
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Posted - 11/11/2005 :  06:43:49 AM  Show Profile Send Carol in Maine a Private Message
This is not a complaint against a specific yarn, it has happened with the last two commercial brands I've used for felting. When I get it wet for felting it has the same chemical smell that I used to associate with getting a "permanent". I figure that the same or a similar chemical must be used to "set" the twist in the yarn (instead of the hand-spinners way of wetting the spun yarn with water and letting it dry under tension).
This happened most recently with Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush and with the yellow-green color of Lopi-Lite. The smell disappeared when the yarn was dry.
The smell was really obnoxious but I guess I shouldn't complain since the yarn isn't speciafically made for felting. (And, by the way, the Lopi-Lite felted fine, withoout a lot of the extra fuzz mentioned in another topic in the "Never Again" section).



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The Irish Ewe
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Posted - 11/11/2005 :  09:46:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit The Irish Ewe's Homepage Send The Irish Ewe a Private Message
The Lopi had that smell? That's odd... but I think I had heard something about an issue with a chemical from a few years ago, any chance you know/could find out how old the yarn is? We've done loads of felting with Lopi and Lite, haven't had an issue but I want to keep an eye on it :)

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mokey
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Posted - 11/11/2005 :  10:42:56 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
To me a perm and wet wool smell pretty much the same - wet hair. I know it is hard to describe a scent online, but to me what you described sounds like normal wet wool smell.

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The Irish Ewe
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Posted - 11/11/2005 :  12:29:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit The Irish Ewe's Homepage Send The Irish Ewe a Private Message
Oooo, I didn't think of that Mokey, thanks for the reminder :) Now that I think of it, I guess felting items do smell a lot like my grand-ma's beauty parlor...

The Irish Ewe
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elisantics
Warming Up

USA
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Posted - 11/12/2005 :  08:35:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit elisantics's Homepage Send elisantics a Private Message
It's just the wet wool smell. I get the same from Cascade 220 as well.

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Carol in Maine
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Posted - 11/13/2005 :  5:51:14 PM  Show Profile Send Carol in Maine a Private Message
[quote]Originally posted by mokey

To me a perm and wet wool smell pretty much the same - wet hair. I know it is hard to describe a scent online, but to me what you described sounds like normal wet wool smell.

I handle wet wool frequently, felting, dyeing, etc. and I like the smell. This was not the smell of wet wool.
Unfortunately I discarded the Lopi labels as soon as I was done with the project (except for the label I attached to the hat-- but it was part of a raffle, and I don't know who ended up with it). All the yarn was purchased within the last month; don't know how long it has been in the shop.

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jaw
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USA
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Posted - 11/14/2005 :  3:14:53 PM  Show Profile Send jaw a Private Message
I just felted the Farmer's Market Tote from Knitpicks made with Wool of the Andes and it has that wet wool - beauty shop smell. Thank goodness I had read this posting earlier or I would have thought I had done something wrong. The tote is still drying so still has the smell. I'm hoping that the smell will go away when it is completely dry.
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tejer
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Posted - 12/16/2005 :  7:58:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit tejer's Homepage Send tejer a Private Message
My knitpicks decadence (alpaca) smelled yucky when it was blocking too, but it went away. Alpaca is known for this, from what I have read.

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Valk_scot
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Posted - 12/17/2005 :  03:30:01 AM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
Some dyes smell, especially red and black.

Val.

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