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knit.unwind
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  12:38:01 AM  Show Profile Send knit.unwind a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I bought some nice sock yarns ( 75% wool 25% poly) at a good discount from my LYS.

When I brought them home and admired them in detail, noticed that they do smell a little stale - they must had been sitting around the store for 'quite' a while until they found me.

I wind two of them into hanks and washed them, but with the current rainy weather, they are taking forever to dry.

Read somewhere that one can actually dry wool in the mircowave oven ( and to kill any insect that may be residing in the wool). Was thinking of trying the mircowave oven, but was concerned about the poly content.

Anyone had any encounter in this ??

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cle

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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  04:41:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd be hesitant too, because of the polyester. It definitely can melt, and if it melted into the wool, you would literally have a hot mess. Can you dry them near a far or other source of circulating air instead?

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KS
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  05:24:12 AM  Show Profile Send KS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't think I'd try the microwave either. If you think there are any nasties in the yarn, putting it in the freezer for 2 weeks should kill them.

I'd try a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. I don't think I'd have the patience to completely dry the yarn with a hair dryer, but a few minutes should help things a lot.

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knit.unwind
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  07:33:38 AM  Show Profile Send knit.unwind a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi KS and Lanea,

Thanks for your comments.

I do agree it is safer not to try the microwave oven for these sock yarns, hair dryer or a fan should be a safer alternative

If only the sun will come out soon!!! really miss the bright sunshine here.



cle

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knottyknitter
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  07:51:49 AM  Show Profile Send knottyknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Definitely not! That sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. I'm a spinner so I dry yarn all the time. I first put the hank (the big loop) into the washer on 'spin' only - no water, no agitation - do spin out as much of the water as possible. Then I hang it on a hanger from a shower rod or hang bar in my laundry room. If I'm really anxious, I hang it on the towel bar in the bathroom over the heat register. I'm in Western Washington where we have our fair share of wet weather and it usually only takes a day or so to dry completely.

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MindyO
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  09:18:08 AM  Show Profile Send MindyO a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Back in the days of a broken dryer at the apartment I'd wash my undies in the sink (TMI?) and hang them over the neating vent to dry overnight. Learned the hard way not to lay it on the old metal vent when they rusted... I swear they were rust stains!
Another way is if your clothes dryer has oen of thsoe sweater insert thingies, you could lay it on there and use medium to low dry. Or you could just hang it in front of a cool fan, even though the air is cool, the movement would still help.

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kdcrowley
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  10:37:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Avoid the microwave as once the wool gets hot enough it will singe and the nylon will melt....Ask me how I know.

Patience is a virtue....even when you are waiting for yarn or paint to dry.

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knit.unwind
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  5:28:48 PM  Show Profile Send knit.unwind a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks everyone for sharing.

Just checked the two hanks of yarn, after leaving them infront of the fan for the past 8 hours, they feel dry to touch, but will leave them there longer , just to be safe.

But somehow there is a slight whiff of moldy smell. or maybe I am just being over sensitive.


cle

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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  5:49:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When I was in college, I was a nanny. The mother was hilariously eccentric, and once had no DRY underwear to wear to work, only wet in the washer underwear. She tried to dry them in the microwave. Well, the elastic/rubber CAUGHT ON FIRE! It was hilarious then AND now! It was about 13 years ago, and we still talk about it.

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