I hear this all the time, and I explain to the customer “wool” is not the irritant. Most of the time, it’s the processing, etc. Thanks for the information.
The Sweaty Knitter, Weaver and Devotee of Other Fiber Arts
Two years ago, I wrote a two-part post about itchy wool. According to my WordPress statistics, it continues to receive a lot of visitors. So I decided to repost! Here’s the first!
I have lost track of how many (non-textile) folks who, while admiring a wool sweater I knit, sadly lament: “Oh, I can’t wear wool; I’m allergic to it.” (Source of pic at left)
What’s the most common description of a person’s claimed allergy to wool? “It itches.” That is not an allergic reaction. Further, there could be other factors one could be reacting to, including (but not limited to): laundry detergent, the dye and/or mordant used to color the yarn, the chemicals used to dry clean the wool, the chemicals involved in original processing the wool, and organic matter (e.g., dust and pollen) remaining in the yarn.
With that in mind, here are allergic…
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