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« on: August 22, 2007 09:41:13 AM »

Hi everyone! I just got some yarn in the mail that I ordered from a lady on ebay. It all smells like smoke!  Sad I took it all out of the box and I'm trying to air it out basically. Any advice on how to get the smell out? I bought it to use for preemie blankets for babies in NICUs for a group I'm in. But I don't want to send blankets that smell like smoke, one because it stinks, two because it's not good for babies at all to be around the smell let alone preemies and three I certainly wouldn't wrap my baby in a blanket that stinks like smoke and I assume neither would some other mother. Any help would be great! I've thought about Febreeze. Anyone think that would work? Or if you have other suggestions let me know!
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2007 10:04:24 AM »

Airing it out is probably your best bet.  If the yarn is washable, you could throw it in a bucket to soak with some warm water and laundry soap (I'm guessing you're not making un-washable baby blankets).

Don't spray it with air freshener or any sort of scented spray, those things tend to not cover up smoke very well, so you'll just have yarn that smells like cigarettes and flowers.  Yuck.

As a future reference, always ask sellers if they smoke before buying anything that might absorb the smell (fabric, yarn, etc.).  It gets rid of  alot of hassle for you.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2007 02:15:50 AM »

Baking soda.

Try putting some baking soda in it's tub in a plastic bag with the yarn and leave for a while.

If that doesn't work, maybe you'll need to sprinkle the soda directly onto the yarn and then wash it out-more work...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baking_soda
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2007 03:34:02 AM »

Great ideas! Thanks so much! I will definately be checking next time I buy from ebay to see if the seller smokes.

I've had it out on the kitchen table since yesterday and it is better. Maybe I'll try the baking soda today too.

Thanks again ladies!
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2007 05:15:47 AM »

by the way, how do you wash yarn?
i've been doing some experiments with dyeing, and some of the dyes i bought say you should wash the fabric before dyeing, but with yarn i'm not sure what to do. i know i can soak it in water, but i'm afraid of using soap and not being ablle to remove it all, or trying to, and getting a big mess of entangled yarn.
i asked on the dyeing forum too..
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2007 05:40:33 AM »

Can you get it refunded from the seller?  Or at least reflect it in the feedback?

I'd also try washing it as well.  Maybe making the blanket first, then washing it would make the process easier. 

I must admit, I'm not sold on the Febreeze idea either.  It's probably not a good idea to expose newborns to the chemicals. 

Good luck.
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2007 08:06:58 AM »

by the way, how do you wash yarn?
i've been doing some experiments with dyeing, and some of the dyes i bought say you should wash the fabric before dyeing, but with yarn i'm not sure what to do. i know i can soak it in water, but i'm afraid of using soap and not being ablle to remove it all, or trying to, and getting a big mess of entangled yarn.
i asked on the dyeing forum too..

I soak it in water with some soap, swish it around a bit, then rinse it in clean water until it seems like the soap isn't coming out with the water anymore.  Then wring it out and hang it up to dry.
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2007 08:22:27 AM »

thanks, i'll try to do it next time!
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2007 09:19:33 AM »

I would make up the blankets if you can stand the smell then wash them .
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2007 09:31:59 AM »

I can stand the smell now. It's getting better. I agree, I think if I get it out of the skein and aired out a little as I crochet, the smell will get better, then I'll wash it.

I wasn't fond of the Febreeze idea either but I couldn't think of anything else that would get rid of the smell.

I did email the seller about the smell but surprise surprise, she hasn't emailed me back yet.
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