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Old 03-15-2013, 08:36 PM   #1
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Mothproof yarn?
I'd never heard of this and came across it at the wool shop I was at today. I may have some in my stash,not sure. Anyway,do I need to be concerned about picking this up and/or using it while pregnant?What is it treated with?I touched it at the wool shop..would I need to wash the baby hat I made that was in the box with my yarns??I'm just worried because it's obviously a pesticide if it's mothproof...any thoughts?I'm thinking of getting rid of one yarn that I can't remember what it is..since I don't know if it's mothproof(even though it's pretty).
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:44 PM   #2
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Before you start either avoiding and/or getting rid of yarn left and right, it would be helpful to know more about it. Like, what is the name of the yarn? Who makes it? And exactly how is it made "mothproof"?

The assumption that it has pesticide all over it may or may not be valid (unless you specifically saw that on the label). But we can't help you much (or even research it) without knowing some basic information.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:50 PM   #3
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I found this link. Since babies put everything in their mouths, I think I'd be concerned also. All I can suggest is to learn all you can and make an informed decision, or do what you can to avoid the mothproofed yarn. Lead paint was outlawed because babies and young children ingest it; maybe someday Mitin FF will be too.

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But if the chemical kills moths, what can it do to humans? Wells said Mitin FF is relatively harmless if not ingested, and the federal government agrees. Mitin FF has been used as a pesticide in the United States since 1948 and is used exclusively by the textile industry for mothproofing wool. Laboratory tests have found the chemical to be "low to moderately toxic" and to have "low mammalian toxicity."
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:12 PM   #4
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That's the info I found too.I contacted Brown Sheep and they said it's safe.It would just be one yarn(that I don't like)and one that I think is really pretty but haven't used it in 4-5 years.I don't think I have any mothproof yarn but anything I make the baby,I will probably wash anyway...all cotton so far though..in case it has touched the other yarn which probably isn't even mothproof lol

I asked originally because I'd never even heard of this and the lady at the wool shop didn't really know anything about it either.
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I think what bothers me most about things like mothproof yarn is that in general the decision was made that we don't even need to know about these things. I was talking to my sister the other day about stuff in food. Soy was the item under discussion, I said I use soy but I like to do it on purpose. I see no reason for soy in breads, pancake mix, etc. We want to know what's in the things we use and not have to get magnifying glasses to read the fine print or go on quests to discover hidden secrets. We wisely avoided bringing GMOs into the conversation. I'm wondering if mothproof yarn has to be marked as such or is most wool yarn mothproof anyhow?
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:54 PM   #6
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I think what bothers me most about things like mothproof yarn is that in general the decision was made that we don't even need to know about these things. I was talking to my sister the other day about stuff in food. Soy was the item under discussion, I said I use soy but I like to do it on purpose. I see no reason for soy in breads, pancake mix, etc. We want to know what's in the things we use and not have to get magnifying glasses to read the fine print or go on quests to discover hidden secrets. We wisely avoided bringing GMOs into the conversation. I'm wondering if mothproof yarn has to be marked as such or is most wool yarn mothproof anyhow?
Good question...I hear ya on labeling!A big one I've been finding in things is artificial sweeteners and I'm like 'why!?' why would it be in the bread I bought?Or whatever it was I found it in the other day...

I'm thinking that since I probably don't even have any mothproof yarn,washing the baby items I've made will be sufficient.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:31 PM   #7
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Yeah, and you'd wash them anyhow, I'm sure. I bought frozen Chinese stuff and tasted it and had to read the label: sucralose. Sucralose tastes nasty and does horrid things to my digestive system. I read labels much more carefully anymore but some are almost impossible for me to read at all.
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I looked it up and personally I'd stay away from it now. Definitely I would want to stay away if i was pregnant. This is just one link of many.
http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/REDs/fac...s/3097fact.pdf

Sucralose (splenda) doesn't bother me and I use it but everyone has different tolerances and tastes.
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:55 PM   #9
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I'm not going to worry about touching it yesterday,I didn't hold it for hours or anything lol but I will wash anything I make that may have come in contact with my questionable yarn(I cannot remember what it is).I'll try not to throw everything in that tote away...
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It should day on it if it's mothproof so you'll know. I'm sure just touching it isn't going to be a problem since you wash your hands and I doubt the yarns touching it for a little while is a problem. I would be worried about the actual yarn.
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