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so my friend was rummage through some yarn she has acquired over the years. must of it was junk except some realy precious vintage green skiens... on problem, it stinks... is there anything that can be done for this yarn to salvage it?

So, my question is this - is there any way to remove that stale “I’ve-been-sitting-in-a-bag-for-27-years” smell from the yarn? Suggestions?

any advice would be grand!!!

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On September 2nd, 2006 10:58 am (UTC), phonemonkey commented:
Try putting the yarn into a clean plastic bag with a generous quantity of baking soda, shaking it up, and leaving it for 24 hours.

If that doesn't work, you can skein it loosely, wash it in something gentle (brands are different here, but I believe Eucalan is highly recommended), hang it up to dry completely and then re-ball it. It's a pain in the arse, but it should do the trick. If that doesn't work, the yarn is always going to smell.
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On September 2nd, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC), hatchepsut replied:
i'll have to find out how much she loves the yarn!
i'm sure we can do the baking soda, but washing the skien may be a little more intense then she is willing to do.

thanks for the great advice though!
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On September 2nd, 2006 11:29 am (UTC), schmedgar commented:
I've been working a lot with junk yarn lately. It has it's uses for large sculptural pieces that would be too expensive to make with nicer stuff.

Actually, I have a similar problem with some yarn a cat peed on but it's too nice to get rid of.
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On September 2nd, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC), hatchepsut replied:
i have a skein of this really cute yarn that i just can't throw up but one of my guinea pigs peed on it years ago.. seeing as how the guinea pig has been dead for a couple now...

i haven't used the yarn, and it's only a small portion that stained, there isn't a smell to it... but the stain is obvious, but very small...

those crazy pets!!!

well, i cross posted this in my journal and another community, if i see any helpfull advice i pass it on to you!

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On September 2nd, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC), katrinkles commented:
if it is wool try putting it outside. i know with wool sweaters an afternoon swinging in the breezes will make it fresh again. it would probably work best if you can rewind it loosely, so that the air can flow between the fibers.
if it is a manmade material, i wouldn't bother. acryllic will probably never lose a gross smell.
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On September 3rd, 2006 01:05 am (UTC), theladysamantha commented:
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