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« on: September 08, 2008 08:11:31 AM »

I have been making a blanket for my husband on and off for the past couple weeks and I've come to realize that every time that I work on it, I sneeze a lot and my throat feels tight and somewhat constricted.  I don't know if this is just in my head or if the yarn could be the cause.  I had ordered the yarn from ebay many moons ago and have no information of fiber content or manufacturer.  Has anyone else experienced this?  I am hoping to finish the blanket soon (I am about halfway done) and then try washing it to see if that helps any. 

Other then that, I would gladly take any suggestions on this matter, as I have a lot of the same type of yarn left...  Embarrassed

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This is the blanket that makes me sniffle... and not in the good "tears of joy" way either.   Wink
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2008 10:43:37 AM »

Do you have a closeup picture of a strand of the yarn? If it's a boucle type yarn chances are it's a wool and you may be allergic to it. If you are allergic to certain animals it's possible the seller had that type and the dander got into the yarn.
you could also be having a reaction to the material it was packaged in to get to you.

I love the blanket it is quite pretty. If you want to use the rest of the yarn what I'd do is (wearing gloves and a mask) crochet a swatch and try washing it to see what happens. If the swatch makes it out of the washer and dryer ok, then I'd wash the remaining yarn in lingerie bags on gentle before using it again.

I love the colors and hope you can use your yarn again!
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2008 11:01:25 AM »

Its a chenille yarn, so I do know that there is no wool in it.  And as far as I know, I do not have any pet allergies.  Its pretty mind boggling and I tried contacting the seller to find out where she gets this stuff and who manufactures it and (no surprise) she won't give me the information. 

Thanks for the advice, I will try washing and drying a small swatch and hopefully everything will work out!!  (I wont be able to do this today or tomorrow as my hubby will be home soon and I had to hide it all away again... teehee)



sorry for the not-very-close closeup, our digital camera isn't the best and it shows fuzzy if i get any closer.  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2008 11:24:16 AM »

My guess since it's chenille and therefore probably acrylic is that you may be allergic to a chemical on the yarn itself. I have a similar problem with red heart and some lion brand yarns.
Like I said I'd wear a mash and gloves to be safe if you must work with it unwashed. And definetely wash the blanket when you are done with it. Also wash the swatch as mentioned above.
Some sellers of yarn ship their items with a dryer sheet to make them smell nice if she/he did that then that could be what you are allergic to as well.
Hopefully the swatch will wash just fine and you can wash your yarn and it will fix the problem.
*crossing my fingers for you*
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2008 11:29:10 AM »

I don't know but from what I can tell it looks like the Lion Brand Chenille. And I belive it is 100% acrylic.
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2008 11:38:41 AM »

MAybe take some allergy med before working on it also
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2008 12:08:44 PM »

Welcome to the wonderful world of "How on EARTH could I be allergic to 100% acrylic yarn???"  For me it's Bernat Softee Chunky (as well as my mom's couch... the comfortable one, to boot!)


I only get a rash on my hands from my allergy, which I've avoided somewhat by using those little stretchy gloves you can get at the dollar store with a few choice finger tips cut off (because I have absurdly long fingers).  I also use prescription Prevex B to take the rash away, as it also leaves a protective film on my hands, which helps a lot.  There is a non-prescription version, just called "Prevex" which does the film thing as well.

For your breathing problems, I'm thinking a mask might help.  I know I'd try it if I were in your place.  Though, test to see if it leaves lines on your face... if you're trying to make this blanket without your hubby noticing, you don't want him asking why you have lines on your face. ^_-
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2008 05:53:30 AM »

Oh, Im 99% sure that its definatly Lion brand chenille Thick and Quick.  I have some skeins of it that I got at a yard sale.  ( i paid 25 cents for 8 skeins and the lables are still on them!!! Grin Yeah, an awesome bargain!!!)  And, one of the skeins is that same purple color!  I also have a red that looks just the other color you used in blanket.  I got out my skein and stared and it and the closeup to posted and it looks identical.  The label says:
Lion brand chenille Thick and Quick
91% acrylic 9% rayon
handwash warm, gently squeeze, lay flat to dry
(and alot of other stuff but, the main thing youd need to know I typed above.)
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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2008 02:11:53 PM »

Thank You all so much for your ideas and input.  This is just too bizarre.  I don't know if its the thick n quick yarn because it really isn't very thick (or quick for that matter  Wink ) and its totally smashed and not the nice round pile (?) like I've seen at most fabric stores (yet another regret of buying yarn on eBay  Cry but that's a whole other topic...)  It also came in "baby cake" form and not the norm skein form. 

WOW... 25cents.. i think I'd suffer through almost anything for that deal... ha-ha

Thankfully, I don't get a rash or itchy.  Just the sniffles, a little throat tightness and a little bit of a headache after using it.  I'm going to try the mask while using it and also the tip of making up a small swatch and then washing and drying it to see if that helps. 
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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2008 06:42:07 AM »

I am allergic to mohair so when I make something with it I usually knit outside and that helps a lot!
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