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kanhakanha
« on: March 10, 2007 10:33:50 AM »

i've looked on the board for how to make wool bearable against the skin. i remember something in a clapotis thread once about using fabric softener, but can't seem to find it again. does anyone know how to make wool not so itchy?
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soozeq
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2007 03:43:43 PM »

You could use a little fabric softerner in the water you soak your object in. Others use hair conditioner instead.

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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2007 04:04:17 PM »

Try Merino wool...both of my sisters think wool is itchy as can be, but love my merino sweater! Neither believed it was actually wool.
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2007 06:56:01 AM »

I find that a good soaking in Eucalan makes wool softer, however some wool is just itchy and nothing you do will ever soften it enough to make it bearable to wear next to your skin. 
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queenoftroy
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2007 07:08:03 AM »

an old solution to soften wool was to simmer it in fresh urine.
(sheep or human!)

alternately you can use a mild soapy amonia in hot water, and soak, with out aggitating for a half hour or so, drain, rince with warm

this will often soften itchy wool.  amonia is cheap enough, (compaired to top quality stuff like Euclan!) its worth a try.
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knitknitter
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2007 08:37:58 AM »

an old solution to soften wool was to simmer it in fresh urine.
(sheep or human!)

alternately you can use a mild soapy amonia in hot water, and soak, with out aggitating for a half hour or so, drain, rince with warm

this will often soften itchy wool.  amonia is cheap enough, (compaired to top quality stuff like Euclan!) its worth a try.

How would one get the ammonia smell out afterwards?
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queenoftroy
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2007 12:30:04 PM »

a good rinse or two, and its fine.. (when dry)

its an off beat solution, but it does work..
one reason 'heirloom' baby blankets and clothes are so soft is years of being soaked (unintentionally perhaps, but soaked none the less)in urine..(stale urine turns, into an amonia the same way wine turns into vinegar--its a natural process)

 the amonia smell disappears as the amonia evaporates and it does this as as it dries.

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redwitch
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2007 02:27:17 PM »

You think soaking it was bad - pity the people whose job it was to walk around in urine stamping fibres underfoot to soften them! Urine was also used to bleach/whiten leather.

Sarah

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queenoftroy
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2007 03:01:54 PM »

right you are redwitch--there were awful jobs in days past..

Whitening leather (using urine) sounds bad, (and it was) but tanning (turning leather a deep brown) required another form of nitrogen.--dog feases.. and people had the job of collecting them, and mashing them and smearing them onto the raw leather.

today, many chemical are manufactored--modern nitrogen is extracted from the air-not extracted from raw material.   in days past, 'waste' from various animals (guano, etc) was the source. and dealing in these materials was a real (if disgusting) business.

in NYC at the South Street SeaPort Musuem, there is a ship, (the Peking) that carried guano.(from SA to US)  the ship was 'decommissioned' more than 50 year ago, and it still stinks.. (i can't imagine what is smelled like when it was full of 'cargo'!
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redwitch
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2007 03:40:11 PM »

Faeces and urine are different levels of disgustingness, I reckon. Especially since urine is easier to wash off and feel clean after (I'm just guessing). But urine in a healthy person is actually sterile (doesn't contain bacteria, viruses, anything like that to make you sick). I'd be a pee-walker anyday over a dog-do tanner!
Mm, what shall I title this post?

Sarah
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