I am terribly sensitive to vast quantities of flip flops.
Yes, it is true, last month when we were shopping for vacation, the outgassing of flip flops in Old Navy caused me to have an outbreak of allergic conjunctivitis. Which is unfortunate, but I’m sure many people live happy and productive lives without setting foot into Old Navy and I’m sure I can too.
What is truly sad is that many other things cause me to have the same reaction, and I have to use eye drops everyday to avoid looking like a zombie. Many of these things are commonly found in the knitting world. My biggest culprit is moth balls. Even second hand moth ball odor can make my eyes burn. Once IHA came home from a fiber fest (yes, he goes to fiber fests without me!) and I said, have you been near moth balls? All he did was walk by a booth several hours previously that had some moth ball issues. I can not knit with Noro. I don’t know what they use to preserve their yarn, but it is not a pretty picture when I knit with Noro. I also seem to have issues with Cascade 220 and a couple of other yarns. I can’t predict ahead of time which yarns will bug me, it is all trial and error. (One of the worst situations was when I tried to knit with that yarn make out of recycyled silk fabrics!) I’ve even tried writing to some of the yarn companies to ask what they use for preservatives in their yarns but, alas, I have not ever received a reply.
Sometimes it is rather difficult to avoid mothballs and other preservatives. It is quite common for customers to come into the yarn store with yarn that has been stored in mothballs for years for help finally finishing that sweater they started for their first husband. If you attend a fiber festival or workshop, there is bound to be a fellow student or two dosed in ode d’moth ball. Sometimes I just can’t stay and have to leave for fresher air.
So, now as the author of a knitting blog and I can put this out to the world, I’m curious to see if this happens to other people? Please leave me a comment and let me know if you have ever encountered this or have any thoughts on the subject, I would greatly appreciate it!