The yarn I bought finally arrived, and, boy, does it ever reek. I knew it would, though. The woman I bought it from warned me that it had been stored in mothballs. Initially, I thought that was a deal-breaker, but, having used the yarn before, I knew it would be perfect for a new project I have in mind. Internet searches had already informed me that the yarn has been discontinued, so when the seller told me she had turned up another skein of yarn that she would include for the same price, that clinched the sale.
It took forever for the yarn to get here, but that is another story. Now that it
has, I have to deal with the smell. Apparently some people actually like
the smell of mothballs. I am not one of them. After opening the package, I
immediately placed the box and its contents on the glider on the back porch. It
degrees outside and raining, but the yarn spent the rest of the day and that
night out on the porch. I couldn't have it in the house, after all. I brought it
in the next morning, but it still smelled bad.
Next, I took it to
the basement and loosely re-wound all the tightly-wound yarn cakes. It sat on
an open shelf in the basement all day yesterday. It still smelled bad.
Currently, the yarn is in a lidded plastic container with one of those room
freshener cakes. This room freshener has been working for an entire large room
in the basement, so I am hoping it will do that trick, but I am not optimistic.
I checked on Ravelry,
of course, to see how other knitters have dealt with this problem. There is not
a yarn-related issue I could possibly come up with that has not already been
addressed on Ravelry. Suggestions ranged from ridiculous to
way-more-work-than-I-would-ever-do. So now my plan is to try one thing and then
another until a) the smell goes away or b) I get tired of trying and use the
yarn anyway. I'll keep you posted. Let me know if you have any suggestions.