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February 25th, 2008


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10:00 pm - Camel-scented
teaotter took up knitting almost 5 months ago, and as with everything else she becomes interested in, she excels at it. Today, she finished a hat she was knitting for Aaron, for his upcoming birthday. She knitted it from alpaca wool, both because Aaron is allergic to ordinary wool, and because it makes a soft and comfortable hat. Having finished knitting it an hour before, she washed it, both to help block and shape it, and because she'd read that alpaca wood typically smelled when wet, and that washing it a few times took care of the smell.

Then, Becca sat the hat in the bedroom to dry, while we sat in there and talked. Soon, the hat made its presence vividly obvious, as the rather pungent scent of wet camel made its way throughout the room. My own sense of smell is rather limited, and shortly after Becca mentioned being able to smell the hat, despite it sitting across the room from us both, I could also definitely smell it. Something is odoriferous indeed if I can smell it 5 or 6 feet away. Becca is currently looking up information about how to better de-scent alpaca, since it rains a lot in Portland, and she decided that giving Aaron a present that would suddenly radiate a musky stench whenever it got wet would be unkind. Regardless of what she does, the hat will rest somewhere outside of our bedroom tonight.
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From:amberite
Date:February 26th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)

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It might actually be true that a few washes take it out: if it wafts after you wash it, that might be the way it discharges odor. I don't know.

For getting out animal-related smells there's the enzyme cleaner stuff that's good against cat pee; you might want to try that but make sure it's good for delicate materials first and won't discolor anything...
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From:heron61
Date:February 26th, 2008 11:06 am (UTC)
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Becca did some research. This level of smell is almost certainly caused by the dye, and the correct procedure is to soak it in vinegar and then wash it well. She did this, and now it is only smelly if you sniff it, rather than all the way across the room.

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