LL, don't worry. The wool sweater that I got from the thrift store smelled like mothballs too. I aired for a few weeks and then washed it and the smell was all gone.
I've been spending the day with Lana and trying to clean. Right now she's making me play a game where I am her dog and have to fetch the ball, etc. Maybe I should just cave in and get her a dog?
But tonite I shall craft!!
I used to play that game with my little brother! To the point whereby he saw a ball, and rather than trying to kick it or throw it, tried to pick it up in his mouth! Probably hideously unhygenic...