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Jan 18, 2019 10:55:45   #
Myrna Pouyatt
I haven't been on here in a very long while, but I left Facebook and shy away from other social media platforms, and still wanted to connect with other yarn lovers. I am a knitter and crocheter.
I recently read several articles on the carcinogenic and toxic properties of acrylic yarn and I would love to hear your thoughts. Most of my current stash is acrylic and as I live an otherwise healthy lifestyle I have become concerned. My current budget doesn't really afford me the opportunity to indulge in more expensive yarns and some would honestly make me itch. Not sure what to do.
Jan 18, 2019 11:10:07   #
gmomgil (a regular here)
I have mostly acrylic yarn also. Never heard of anyone having a problem. I cannot use wool because it makes me itch something fierce. I'm certainly not going to throw out my 7 boxes of yarn stored in big containers.
Jan 18, 2019 11:18:45   #
gmomgil wrote:
I have mostly acrylic yarn also. Never heard of anyone having a problem. I cannot use wool because it makes me itch something fierce. I'm certainly not going to throw out my 7 boxes of yarn stored in big containers.

neither am I ! As I mostly knit for charity I only ever use acrylic, and my budget wouldn't run to wool anyway.
Jan 18, 2019 11:20:03   #
YNotCrochet (a regular here)
Welcome back to KP. I use all acrylic yarn because of the charity work I do. I have not read or heard anything about it having toxic properties.
Jan 18, 2019 11:20:51   #
Myrna Pouyatt
I am not throwing mine out either, but may look for alternatives in my future purchases. It seems like now days everything causes cancer. Yarn is my therapy, my destresser. Knitting and crocheting are healthy hobbies, right?
Jan 18, 2019 11:29:31   #
marg 123 (a regular here)
Definitely not throwing mine out. I only use acrylic for my knitting.
Jan 18, 2019 11:32:16   #
Dsynr (a regular here)
I suppose if you ate enough acrylic yarn, it COULD give you some disease or other.......

There are reasons why many charitable organizations insist on acrylic yarns only.

IMHO, if you prefer to use acrylic yarns, who am I (or anyone else) to tell you it is wrong?
Some people just want to APPEAR superior, and they use any means at their disposal to belittle other people to make themselves feel good about themselves.

IMHO, if you have to belittle somebody else to make yourself feel right, you need professional help, right away.
Jan 18, 2019 11:41:13   #
Myrna Pouyatt
I have been in those rooms with the so called "yarn snobs". I am NOT one of those. I love all yarn, except the ones that make me itch, lol. I guess I should have referenced the Canadian study on the link between cancer and acrylic yarn. It just made me concerned, and just wanted to know if anyone else was feeling concerned and had done other research into the subject.
Jan 18, 2019 11:49:24   #
eneira12 (a regular here)
If you're living a basically healthy life, then if you start to have problems take some extra Vitamin C which reduces toxicity of all things to the body and some extra B complex which helps the C to work.
Jan 18, 2019 11:55:51   #
seamer45 (a regular here)
Do some research on where the articles came from. Don’t fall into the bottomless pit of the Internet being all knowing. If this were a reputable study I suspect you’d see it in the headlines. Oh, and don’t forget, California considers everything carcinogenic so there are warnings on everything.
Jan 18, 2019 11:56:38   #
Welcome back to KP from northern Texas! I've used acrylic yarn my entire adult life (and it's substantial!) and have never suffered an unhealthy day because of it. I suppose that one could be allergic to almost anything, but I'd certainly consider giving the acrylics a chance. . .
Jan 18, 2019 11:59:54   #
Hmmmmm.....hadn’t heard about that before. All I can say is it most be VERY slow at causing problems because I’ve used acrylic yarns for probably 50 yrs and I’m still here!
Not trying to make fun of your concern but these days it seems like just about everything can cause cancer. And maybe it can. Sometimes we have to read the very fine print that tells us under what conditions it can occur and we usually find that it’s not so hazardous as they want us to believe. ❤️
Jan 18, 2019 12:23:08   #
welcome to KP from Virginia
Jan 18, 2019 12:29:50   #
farrieremily (a regular here)
Did it say yarn is causing it or substances in the yarn cause it?

There are harmful substances in many everyday items that you are never exposed to with common use.

Unless people are developing the cancer in the finger they tension around or somesuch it’s not likely to be something any of use need to worry about.

If it’s factory workers exposed to the chemicals used in production or inhaling huge amounts of tiny fibers from production that’s different. I do hope that’s not the case.
Jan 18, 2019 14:06:45   #
Evie RM (a regular here)
I have been knitting and crocheting for over 50 years and have mostly acrylic yarn in my stash. I love acrylic yarn and have never heard of the problem you mention. Even when I worked and could afford more expensive yarn, I always bought acrylic yarn because it is wash and wear.
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