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« on: March 10, 2011 08:48:37 AM »

Just wondering if anyone else has had this. It's not all acrylic yarn, (no reaction to the crazies like fun fur or eyelash), and I don't know if it's brand specific; I'm doing a stash-busting giant granny square afghan for my son, and I'm using some crappy cheap acrylic yarn and I've developed a huge red, puffy, rashy spot on my crochet arm. This has happened before, it goes away, so I'm not too stressed. Funny thing is, I only get the rash while crocheting - once the blanket or whatever is made, I don't react to it after.

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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2011 09:19:14 AM »

I get a rash from some acrylics and not from others (and also from wool).  I suspect that it's not the acrylic I'm allergic to, but some chemical used to process it (the dye, or something like that).  My rash seems completely isolated to my hands, so I'm usually ok with a finished product, depending on what it is.

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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2011 02:06:33 PM »

When I worked with one yarn, I got a bit of a rash, but just on certain fingers.  It ended up being more of a rope-burn thing than an allergy...
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2011 05:36:29 AM »

I would bet its like ahtchristina's problem, more of a rope-burn sort of issue from the rough/plasticy-ness of the cheap acrylic. If it were a fiber or dye thing you would probably react after crocheting as well - unless you wash immediately before using every time and that is what protects you.

« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2011 07:22:34 PM »

A lot of people react to more cheaper acrylic yarns. It can either be from what the yarn is made from or from the chemicals used to dye the yarn. If it continues, then perhaps think twice about using it.

« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2011 06:14:18 PM »

Could be chemicals, but it could also be something else on the yarn, like dust or debris that may have gotten on the yarn in transit, or during storage.  Let's face it-store warehouses and delivery trucks are not always the cleanest places.  Just a thought..... Wink

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