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Jan 19, 2019 12:16:04   #
jeannie2954 (a regular here)
 
Sad that most everything causes cancer these days. I am not worried about my yarn, my biggest concern is/would be what is added to the water that you drink and bath in. We purchased a water distiller and distil our water for cooking, drinking, and ice cubes but when bathing those chemicals are being absorbed into our skin. There are times when doing dishes or laundry that I about gag from the smell of chlorine in the water. To give you an idea about how bad it is a friend who lives in Corvallis, has an old porcelain sink in his kitchen and where the faucet drips it is a beautiful white color . . . now what do you think that water is doing to our organs? A few years ago fliers were sent out to residents in Monroe (a town between Corvallis and Eugene) warning the residents that to purify the drinking water they were using chlorine which is known to cause cancer. How crazy is that? They use chemicals to make our water fit to drink that are known to kill us!
 
Jan 19, 2019 12:30:14   #
Sherriea (a regular here)
 
Welcome
Jan 19, 2019 13:11:06   #
EqLady (a regular here)
 
I just skimmed several of the articles and I am not throwing my acrylic yarns away. I think more of the focus was on where the yarn was made - it is made of petrochemicals and dyeing and finishing uses more chemicals, so people exposed to those chemicals in the plants would naturally have some exposure. Given modern manufacturing processes, even that exposure nowadays would be minimal, imo. Like many of you, I have used synthetic yarns and worn apparel of synthetic fibers and blends all my life, and I am still here going on 74 years.
Jan 19, 2019 13:57:18   #
kdpa07734 (a regular here)
 
All of mine are acrylic (and very little cotton). I'm allergic to animal fibers and have no other choice. Some of my yarn is decades old. I don't have any problems from nearly 50 years of acrylic use.
Jan 19, 2019 14:01:47   #
Montana Gramma (a regular here)
 
Well if we add the fact we wear chemically produced or treated leather etc. clothing daily , we are in serious trouble should this prove super dangerous. I just lead as healthy a life as possible with food ingestion and vitamin supplements to counteract all the bad things we produce. I cannot go nude, that would cause even more bad health reactions for people, lol, so moderation is my key. No reaction to the substance of fibers for me, but fibers themselves do cause me to sneeze etc. if too prevalent in the air. I do think there are more old acrylic Knitters and crocheters without cancer than with so I am going for the positive percentage side of useage.
I certainly never hurts to be cautious especially if a persons body reacts to everything manmade.
Jan 19, 2019 14:28:58   #
mamanacy
 
My advice:: DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ. I have nothing but acrylic yarn. Almost all of it is Red Heart. If you don't like acrylic yarn, then don't use it. Simple as that. But if you gift your items, be sure the person isn't allergic to wool.JAC
 
Jan 19, 2019 14:37:56   #
SAMkewel (a regular here)
 
Myrna Pouyatt wrote:
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.
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As one who has long preferred acrylics and also come from a family in which cancer runs rampant, I have to say that the only cancer I have experienced is two episodes of squamous cell skin cancer on my face from excessive sun exposure. That leaves me wondering about toxic properties. Do you have references available? It's okay if you don't, I can research it on my own :~).
Jan 19, 2019 16:24:28   #
joho44
 
My niece breaks out in a weepy rash and has bowel problems from acrylic-even press on nails. She has to wear cotton socks to wear the slippers I made her before I knew she had a problem.
Jan 19, 2019 16:42:17   #
Myrna Pouyatt
 
I googled the question Is Acrylic Yarn safe for babies? Lots of things came up, some I believe reliable, others really iffy. I read several, but I prefer science over someone wanting to sell me their hand-spun yarns. I will continue to use some acrylics because it's friendlier to my budget, but when I have extra to spend I will go for the natural fibers.
Jan 19, 2019 17:02:24   #
kkd
 
Myrna Pouyatt wrote:
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.
I haven't been on here in a very long while, but I... (show quote)


Hi, welcome back.

I don't use any acrylic and prefer to use natural material that is not chemically dyed, e.g. Debbie Bliss Eco Baby, and sustainably sourced merino wool. Superwash merino wool should not be itchy like it was in the old days. I know it is more expensive but I watch out for bargains and buy in bulk. I am taking a break from knitting just now as I am downsizing.

I have not heard of any health issues but it doesnt surprise me as acrylic is really a form of plastic. You have to use what feels right for you but you may find the following article on acrylic from washing machines polluting the oceans interesting:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/the-goods/2018/9/19/17800654/clothes-plastic-pollution-polyester-washing-machine
Jan 19, 2019 17:37:05   #
Myrna Pouyatt
 
Thanks for the link, interesting article. I definitely will be buying less, consuming less and washing less often. I embraced minimalism last year, and down-sized a lot. Still have more to do, but now, I will rethink what I do purchase in the future and how it will impact the world. No more acrylic yarn for me.
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