Monday, February 18, 2013

Knit Dish Cloths & Smelly Yarn

Over my blog hiatus I had plans of knitting up some dish cloths.  The idea was to minimize using disposable items such as paper towels and sponges.  I had everything all planned out.  I was going to use green knit cloths for the table, beige for the dishes, and orange for the counters. Simple.

I decided to start with the green dish cloths.  As I was knitting, a heavy waft of perfume hit my nose.  Right away I knew it was coming from the yarn.  My first thought was that the yarn must have been returned by someone who uses way too much perfume or really likes air fresheners.  But what happened next really caught me off guard.   I noticed the yarn label read, "Sugar'n Cream Scents".  "Scents?  What?  Why?  Who uses this?",  were just a few of the questions that crossed my mind.   I had never seen scented yarn before but apparently it has been around for a few years now.  Who knew?

I'm curious, would you use scented yarn and if so for what?

12 comments:

jules said...

I don't know why people would use scented yarn, but I can imagine that it would be appealing to the same demographic that enjoys scented products: toilet paper, sanitary napkins, detergents, air freshners, etc. Maybe they want the sense of smell to be a part of the knitting process?

Leesh said...

I have never heard of scented yarn but I think it would be great if you made a scarf and got to inhale your favorite scent while wearing it. I would love a scarf that smells like lemons.

Little Ol' Liz said...

I can't imagine the scent lasting through several washings -- like the sock yarn with aloe to condition your hands while knitting.

Good luck with the color coding. You clearly live with smarter people than I.

Zakka Life said...

Little Ol' Liz,

I was thinking the same thing, that the scent would eventually wash out. But the yarn is so strong that I can't even bring myself to knit with it.

Karen Hornsten said...

I loved using the lilac lavender scented yarn to crochet face cloths as gifts. I do believe the scent fades after washing. It was just fun crocheting with the scented yarn, and an added bonus as a gift. Karen

last minute lynn said...

I would really dislike scented yarn, just like I don't care for most scented products. To me, they stink and can even give me headaches. I sure had never heard of scented yarn. I thought scented trash bags were weird enough!

kasey said...

Wow, I had no idea that scented yarn existed either. Not sure if I would like it or not but I will definitely be looking for it the next time I am at the store just to see what it's like.

OMIYAGE said...

Too funny - I've been knitting up a storm of dishcloths too. Love the idea of colour coding them!

But, no, I couldn't knit with a scented yarn. We keep a pretty smell-free home and I'm sure that spending that much time with the yarn would be a headache inducer!

Barbara said...

I don't know how much you have, but maybe you can try washing the whole skein in a small zippered bag once or twice.
I am extremely sensitive to smells, I definitely wouldn't be able to use it.

tamdoll said...

Love making dishcloths... but never heard of scented yarn! I'm pretty sure I would never, ever use it. Well, maybe if I lived with a smoker.

Love your idea of color coordinating them!

Pallot said...

I am not a heavy scent-lover, but some people, especially those used to using really strongly scented chemical-y products probably would. I lived with a girl once who bought scented everything from laundry detergent, shampoo, air fresheners etc. She said she couldn't smell things very well so the scent was pleasant to her rather than overpowering. I'm guessing that's the demographic for the yarn. Now I'm curious, though. If I ever see it, i'll give it a big sniff.

Rebecca said...

Umm . . . nose muffs? That is so weird! But maybe good for dish cloths? If you like the scents?

BTW - there are great patterns for covers for your Swiffer/floor dust mop on Ravelery and other places. I love those things! Makes for much less waste and work fairly well.

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