Thursday, January 14, 2010
For many, working with any type of yarn is just an everyday thing. They crochet or knit their current projects in wool or a wool blend and don't have any problems, not me. I have a terrible allergy to wool. I don't understand it but it's very real. This past Summer I met a crochet designer in a yarn shop and then we went on a shopping/touristing excursion, but I digress. While we were still in the yarn shop my just met in person, crochet designer brushed my face with some wool/alpaca yarn to show me how soft it was and we oooh'd and aaaah'd over it. Not thirty minutes later my face where it had touched the yarn broke out in itchy blisters! It was a terrible experience believe me. Since then I can be in a store looking at yarn and if I even pick up a yarn to look at and it has wool in it, my hand or hands start itching. Therefore my yarn choices are either cotton which I love anyway, or they're acrylic. I've heard acylics run down terribly on different websites by women who are terrific crocheters. Now I've only been crocheting for one year and I don't make claim to being the world's greatest crocheter but I don't have a problem using acrylic yarn to do a project. In fact, I like acrylic yarn, though I will admit that some is softer than others. Can anyone out there tell me if what yarn I'm using is a bad thing or is it really alright to use the acrylic and cotton yarns without fear of what I'm making falling apart etc.?