So, I saw on an infomercial for the food saver that you can use it to vacuum all the air out of your yarn and reduce your stash to a neat little flat slab. Has anyone tried this??
I am moving soon and I'm definitely planning to do this short-term for packing, but I'm concerned about the long term effects if I were leave my yarn vacuum-packed for several months. Will it poof back out to its original gauge and luster? Will it be all wrinkly? It sure would be nice to store away all my wool until the cool weather returns.
Any fiber experts want to weigh in? Or any brave souls who have already tried this?
-- update 4/12/07: the experiment --
So I tested out some yarn in my mom's foodsaver with positive results (see pics below). I opened the bags a few minutes after sealing them and the yarn poofed back out to normal. One thing to remember if you try this is that the yarn becomes pretty hard and completely inflexible once you have sealed the bag, so you should try to arrange the yarn while the air is being sucked out so it gets to be the shape you want it.
one ball of yarn before vacuum sealing (appx. 3.5 inches tall):
one ball of yarn after vacuuming: (a little over 1 inch tall):
and here is how small a big pile of yarn can get (this was about 7 skeins):