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« on: October 06, 2006 11:42:17 AM »

So I just picked up 4 skeins of Manos Del Uruguay at St Vincent dePaul's. It has something on it that looks like either styrophoam or something glittery. Please tell me I did just skore some good yarn, and not some icky bugs or something
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2006 11:46:22 AM »

Manos is good yarn, hand wash it carefully to see if the white specks come off.

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2006 11:54:48 AM »

I know the Manos is supposed to be good lol. It's what made me buy it in the first place ( 4 skeins for a total of $15!).
Thanks for the tip though...
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2006 12:22:27 PM »

I know the Manos is supposed to be good lol. It's what made me buy it in the first place ( 4 skeins for a total of $15!).
Thanks for the tip though...
wow that rocks! i love manos!
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2006 12:46:00 PM »

I just hope it doesn't turn out I bought some extra "visitors", too lol
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2006 01:12:06 PM »

Can you look it up on Ebay or Google by the name of the type of yarn?  Is it like this stuff?

http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=1815

Yarndex only lists two yarns for Manos, and neither are novelty yarns, and it sounds a little like it could be buggy. 

Here's what the "casing" for a clothes moth larva looks like:
http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Entomology/entfacts/struct/ef609.htm
The case is kinda styrofoamy. 

But, it also could be a species unrelated to wool.  And even if it IS a wool-bad buggy, wash it, check for weak spots, you should be OK. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2006 01:19:00 PM »

If you have any doubt, I suggest putting the yarn in a Ziploc bag and putting it all in the freezer for a couple of days.  At least, that's what one does with small wooden items one suspects mught be cootie-fied.  Then you'll know they're dead if one of them floats up while you're giving the yarn a wash.  (Oh, I grossed myself out there.)
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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2006 02:06:07 PM »

If you have any doubt, I suggest putting the yarn in a Ziploc bag and putting it all in the freezer for a couple of days.  At least, that's what one does with small wooden items one suspects mught be cootie-fied.  Then you'll know they're dead if one of them floats up while you're giving the yarn a wash.  (Oh, I grossed myself out there.)

lol first thing I did when I saw there was something on them was putting them in a ziploc type bag and freezing them. Weirded out the hubby a bit, but I figured...better safe then sorry.

As for the yarn being a good buy, that I know (yes, I think it is the stuff you linked to).  As far as I can tell (but then, I'm not known for my good eyesight), the stuff on the yarn isn't what is pictured in that link ...
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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2006 02:10:02 PM »

Wow, four skeins of manos for $15, it's worth the experiment to try and salvage it.  Damn.  I want to shop with you.
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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2006 04:50:30 AM »

Like said before... freeze it(which you did), wash it, and let it dry outside if you can. I think I read somewhere that nuking it for a few minutes in a microwave could kill any potential buggies too. I'd also store it away from your other yarn in a plastic bag just to be on the safe side!
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