Sniffles and Sneezes

On Monday evening, I decided to work a bit on my batt that I’d begun on the wheel. An odd thing happened. My eyes started to itch and my throat got all scratchy and some sneezing was done. It took me awhile, but I finally realized that it was likely that I was NOT getting sick, but could have something to do with my fiber. To be honest, it had a very slightly musty smell when I took it out of the package. Probably not noticeable to the general public, but as Mr. Ink says, I’ve got an oversensitive nose.

Well, my nose, AS USUAL, was not wrong. I sniffled and sneezed through the rest of that batt, and then washed my hands and face, ate dinner, took a benadryl, and went to bed.


There’s the resulting singles. They are quite pretty actually! But not sure they were entirely worth it. The unfortunate fact is…I’ve got 3 more of these batts! And, I just CANNOT toss them or give them away, I mean, fiber is an investment. So, I think I will spin them. I just have to pick a day that I am willing to power through them all at once, and deal with the resulting allergies.

I do think that once the yarn is properly washed, it won’t be a problem. I just have to get it to a point where it can be washed.

I do have a long weekend coming up, made longer by the fact I took an extra day off. So, I am thinking I may just pick one of those days as “the” day to finish the project.

In any case, that’s where I am right now! I admit that because of this, I haven’t been able to get tiny bits of spinning done in the mornings before work, lest I go to work allergic. And last night we had company. So crafting is slightly slow going at the moment. I AM hoping it picks up quite a bit over the long weekend!

7 thoughts on “Sniffles and Sneezes

  1. Oh dear! I hope that you can take an allergy pill before you start to lessen the reaction – and spin fast!

    Can you wash the singles before you ply?

    or alternatively – ask your friend Marja to spin it for you, assuming she isn’t allergic? There has to be a way to not spend a nice long weekend wheezing.

    • Oh, unfortunately Miss Marja has far worse allergies than I do. I’ve given her wool that I’ve washed and processed from a fleece, which doesn’t bother me at all, and it makes her an itchy sneezy mess. So, foisting these batts on her would just be cruel. IN FACT, the first thing I did when I realized I was having allergies was ask her if she had any of the same batts in her stash. She didn’t, but we so often buy from the same artists I wanted to make sure she was warned.

      I have half a mind to save the batts for my next cold. I mean, that would be a good time to get them done, already snuffling and miserable, and then the benadryl could lead to a nice nap. The only problem is…I rarely feel like spinning when I am sick!

      • Oh, no don’t give them to her, then. I suppose you could list them on destash and just tuck them away until someone wants to buy them… but then you don’t get any yarn out of the deal…

        At least you now know to be careful when buying form that source…

  2. Try spinning with a dust mask? I had to do that with some dusty fibers when I first started spinning. For awhile there I honestly thought I was allergic to wool. Nope, just dust.

  3. If it ever dries off long enough out there, would spinning outdoors help? It’s an awful shame they are provoking a reaction because they are quite pretty. Here’s hoping you can survive without too much discomfort.

    • Possibly! I’ll have to give it a try this weekend, the weather is supposed to be pleasant. (Though it might rain!) I like Dyeabolical’s suggestion too, it’s not one I might have thought of on my own.

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