February 21, 2007

Lots of knitting .... little finishing

This yarn is taking soooooo much time away from my knitting. Why? It's scratchy and smells like farm animal. Really bad farm animal.

I've washed it several times. It bloomed well. The scratch was still there along with the smell.

I soaked it overnight in conditioner and air dried it outside for 2 days. Still scratchy and smelly.

I actually woke up this morning and the first friggin thing that popped into my head was "What the hell am I going to do with that yarn?" How sick is that? I can't possibly make socks out of it. If you are an orphan the least someone could do is give you nice soft socks to wear. You've got enough on your plate without having itchy stinky socks.

Suggestions on something new I can try? Anyone want to give it a new home?

Somewhere along the line I did manage to finish this pair of socks. I've got 2 adult socks and one more cic pair on the needles. I seamed most of the second sweater with the longer arms and I think it'll work out well. Will be frogging the first one back to the body and redoing the top.


monica said...

Can't help you with the stinky scratchy yarn, you have done everything I would have suggested. I have some of that too. I dyed it with koolaid and it helped with the smell a bit and I think the vinegar softened it up some. Love all the socks you are knitting. Trekking 100 is one of my favorite colorways, I saw you are knitting with that in a previous post. I hope your grandson is feeling better.

sydney said...

I can't help you with the stink scratchy yarn, other than to make it into a dog or cat bed. Hmm... might be too stinky for cats. I like those socks though.

ruth said...

Perhaps you could donate it to a weaver? It must be very disappointing!

Karen said...

The only other thing I can think of it to close it up in a bag with an open box of baking soda. That won't help with it being scratchy though.

Jennifer said...

Hmmm, the yarn looks familar. Where did you get it? I usually soak the heck out of mine with Euclan wool wash.

Zoanna said...

I'm no knitter, so I can't advise you on how to get the smell or scratchiness out. Certainly there's no doubt your wool is the real thing, though, huh? I'd probably donate it to a farm. I can see some orphaned lamb feeling all snuggly laying on top of it, sniffing her longlost momma.

Betty said...

Those socks are SO pretty!! About the bad yarn, I'd call a preschool and ask if they can use it for a crafts project. Preschool teachers are so creative. If it were cut up and put out at the right time, birds would love it for their nests. There's too much lovely yarn to knit with to worry with this kind of thing. By the way, agree with you about the "authority" people. They can really rain on a parade.

Anonymous said...

First, I want to say how much I like the adorable green and yellow socks. One very lucky child is going to be all smiles when they receive those. I'm just a tad partial since green and yellow are my favorite colors. LOL

About the yarn, I can make one suggestion. I bought some very rough scratchy smelly yarn when I went to the NY State Sheep & Wool Festival. I bought it specifically for make a felted purse with, so I wasn't overly concerned with it's scratchiness or smell at the time. But it did smell very much like it just came off the sheep and there were even flecks of hay here and there. Very rough yarn.

I knittied into a purse and felted it. It was my second felted purse. It took a very long time to felt (at least 2 hours) but when it was finally done, it came out beautifully. It is my favorite of the 2 purses, oddly enough. And the smell is gone now and being felted, you can't tell it was once so rough either.

So if you could find a felting project you could do with that yarn, I think it might work out for you just fine. It is providing you with a bit of a challenge, but that is not always a bad thing.

Have fun seeing what can be done with it before you count it as a lost cause. And good luck!