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Old 07-11-2006, 07:53 PM   #1
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Anyone had this problem with Alpaca Yarn?
My D.D. ask for a sweater & picked out some wonderful Alpaca yarn. I started on the sweater a few nights ago, I started sneezing & my nose would not stop itching. I thought I just might be getting a cold or something. I put my work away for two days, got it back out last night and it started all over again. I have never been allergic to any kind of yarn. My D.D. will be so disappointed, but it looks like we will need to exchange it for something I can work with. :crying:
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Old 07-11-2006, 07:56 PM   #2
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I haven't had an allergic reaction, but I have gotten fibers in my eye that drove me crazy. It could be that the loose fibers are getting in your nose. I'm not sure what you can do about it, though. I doubt you want to knit with a mask on.
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:12 PM   #3
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Awwww :( that's awful...

I sneezed a few times and my nose itched a lot while working with some peruvian alpaca from elann for a shawl, but I think that was just from the alpaca hairs floating around occasionally, wasn't a full blown allergy, and the shawl itself doesn't bother me.

I would HATE not being able to knit with alpaca. :crying:

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I doubt you want to knit with a mask on.

*cough* sorry, amusing mental image there... (especially when that mental image happens to involve a gas mask and goggles)

I can't think of anything you could do about it either, only express my condolences over your loss of alpaca unless someone else can present a solution.

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Could you try using a different type or brand of alpaca yarn as a "control" to see if causes the same problem? Is it 100% alpaca or is it maybe blended with something that may be irritating?

I suppose you could dose up with some Benadryl before hand, but then you might end up getting dozy and falling asleep on your knitting! :zzz:
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This beautiful yarn is 100% 'Classic Elite' INCA ALPACA. I lost my digital camera about a month ago or I would post a picture of the yarn. I have bought a new camera, need to study to figure out how to operate it :thinking: It is a different brand than the one I had.
Thanks for the support. We will be going to the LYS this week end. I hope we find something she will like just as much
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Old 07-12-2006, 12:12 AM   #6
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A lot of Alpaca blends are just as soft as 100% alpaca. Maybe you can still get the alpaca feel without the coughing...
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I didn't have an allergy problem, but I noticed that I spent a lot of time picking fiber out of my mouth. I was afraid that I would end up with a hairball. :D
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Freezer felt
If you put it in the freezer, it will do a freezer felt. It only felts a touch and then you might not have the flying fuzzy stuff that irritates you. Worth a try.
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someone messaged me about cotton angora (I used for bombshell) that was shedding and suggested the freezer thing. I thought she was kidding! Does that really work?
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Freyja - "freezer felt"? How? Wet it first, or just put in?...
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