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« on: June 07, 2011 10:19:47 PM »

I just inherited a trash bag full of yarn from a co-worker and it has a very unique funk. Upon further inspection it looks like most of it if fairly old some over 10 years old and very discontinued. Ive tried fabreeze but the smell is very persistent. Its not horrible like smoke or cats, its more like old books and dusty attics. Anybody have suggestions?

Ps- Almost all of it is acrylic
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2011 12:31:59 AM »

I know the feeling. My nan had a craft store, with all sorts of supplies. Years ago, she closed own, being too old, and we sold must of the supplies (I can still cry when I think of all those tons of DMC floss), but she got to keep a lot as well. She stored most of it in the old laundry building, where ivy has managed to grow inside. Yep, you get the picture.

There is little you can do about it. Maybe leaving it outside on a windy day, but I noticed that the smell really sticks, because I learned how to crochet with that kind of yarn. I do want to warn you to check the yarn before working with it. Test the tension... I have noticed that some yarn, and specifically certain colours are affected. Yellow is a big problem, for example. Most yellow yarn that I've taken home just breaks. Red has the same problem.

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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2011 12:43:06 AM »

Dunno how well it would work, but try throwing some in the drier set to air or cool inside a garment bag (the kind for washing lingerie) or a knotted pillowcase, along with a knotted sock full of cat litter. I read somewhere that it is a good way to help remove mothball smell, so you want to give it a shot.
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2011 07:51:49 AM »

Close it up in a plastic bag with some crumpled up newspaper.  Every few days remove the newspaper and put fresh in.  The paper will absorb the smells from your yarn.  It takes a while (depending on the strength of the funk), but I've used this method successfully in the past.  Airing it outside for several days also helps.  Good luck!

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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2011 06:38:07 PM »

Acrylic should be machine washable.  Put the skeins in mesh laundry bags so they don't unwind and get tangled.  Wash them on the gentle cycle, then machine dry on low while still in the bags.
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2011 06:40:16 PM »

I would say leave it outside every day (except when it rains) put a box of baking soda that absorbs odors, and febreeze it every day.  Eventually the odor will go away.
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2011 08:17:53 PM »

Has anyone else noticed that after a few months of having acrylic yarn just chillin where ever you keep your yarn that when you go to use it it kind of smells like pee? idk if thats how to describe the smell but it just smells old.  Why does that happen if your yarn isnt even that old. Like the caron's that come in a pound. Say you dont use all of it or your make something and it just smells nasty later on, why?

« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2011 10:42:20 PM »

Maybe it's a plasticky smell??? I just took a whiff of some Phentex Chunky I've had sitting on top of my printer for 2 months and it smells exactly like a tent.

« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2011 07:51:27 AM »

lol yarn is so gross but i love it <3
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2011 08:58:46 AM »

Maybe it's a plasticky smell??? I just took a whiff of some Phentex Chunky I've had sitting on top of my printer for 2 months and it smells exactly like a tent.

Oh man, you said that and suddenly my nose was filled with the smell... Bleurgh.

OP, you can always try airing out outside after washing it, if it's acrylic. I've had yarn that's sat in stash bins for quite a while and has gotten pretty funkadelic, and that's helped. I wound it into hanks, put it in a delicates bag, and threw it in the washer on a delicate cycle with scent- and dye-free detergent. Then I rolled it in towels until it was damp before hanging it outside to dry on a sunny, dry day. I do the same thing with cotton yarn I tub-dye, when it has residual dye-funk.

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