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Topic: Bizarre question: Can acrylic yarn be safely microwaved???  (Read 1376 times)
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« on: February 23, 2008 10:10:59 AM »

OK, stay with me on this one, it'll make sense in a minute!  Cheesy

I'm considering using Lion Brand Micro Spun sports yarn to make a knitted beanbag/neckwarmer (stuffed with something microwavable-appropriate).  Pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and VIOLA, heated goodness to relieve soreness.  Aaaahhh!

Is this yarn (or any type of yarn) safe for the microwave or am I inviting danger? (Hello danger, come on in and have a seat! Grin)

Can any of you wise sages help a knittah out here?   

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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2008 10:16:49 AM »

I would be very wary since acrylic has a nasty habit of melting when it catches fire.  Cotton might be better -- Lion Brand has a new organic cotton that's super-soft and cushy.

Or you can keep the filling separate (put it in a cotton/muslin bag) and make the Microspun part with buttons so you can microwave the interior and then slip it into the Microspun sleeve.  That would probably be fine.  It's  putting Microspun in the microwave that's potentially hazardous.
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2008 10:26:05 AM »

Thanks for the feedback, Mnemosyne_LA  Kiss

I suspected as much.  I had a Saturday morning brain freeze when thinking about this project and you helped me to defrost it.  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2008 12:22:20 PM »

You could test it by knitting a small swatch and seeing if it melts after a minute or two in the microwave.  Put it on a paper plate - it shouldn't cause any damage.  I made one of those neck thingies (out of a towel) and I read that to keep it from overheating or becoming too dry, stick a glass of water in there with it.  I think that would help prevent a fire as well.
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2008 10:13:24 PM »

I agree that it would not do well in the microwave but on top of that, even if it didn't catch fire or melt, it would easily get too hot, because the melting/burning point would be high. That's why oil burns you so bad - apart from the fact that it sticks to the skin, it heats up to MUCH hotter than water does, so it burns you more. I think that e.g. wool or cotton (while both flammable) will not heat to the point where they will burn you badly.
Also there might be potential for toxic fumes to be released and you might not even know you were breathing them.

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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2008 08:28:43 AM »

I would agree with the comment about cotton being safe.  When I want to defrost my frozen bread quickly, I wrap it in a cotton dishtowel or napkin and put it in the microwave.  Hasn't caught fire yet!

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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2008 01:14:50 PM »

I would also stick with cotton or other natural fibers.  I made a microwaveable neckwarmer by filling the sleeve of a felted wool sweater with beans and stuff.  It's pretty nice, but scratchy on bare skin.

(I wouldn't risk spending the time to have something melt in the end.  I'm always trying to find cheats around going to the laundromat and have melted underwear in the microwave...)
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