May 12, 2005
Wanna see grime? I'll give you grime!
So, you know I'm a scientist and can't resist a good experiment. Even while I was finishing up things at work, I was dreaming about taking out all my cleaning products and testing them out in a "crap of all craps" removal test once I got home.
I set up shop, and went to work:
On the plus side, I wasn't imagining the gunk that was coating my bamboo and wood needles. On the minus side, it's still not immediately obvious where this gunk is coming from.
Some of the gunk you see here is from needles that have been stained by excess dye from yarn, but some of the gunk is from needles that appear to be unstained by dye. Pretty gross, eh? It's okay if you think this is gross, I won't be offended.
I found that in gunk removal, rubbing alcohol seemed to work really well. I wet a paper towel with it, then rubbed off whatever was sticking to the needles. The other cleaners (fantastik, Windex, Sun & Earth) removed the gunk, but left the needles feeling a bit sticky. To restore my needles back to their pre-gunk state, I rubbed them with Murphy Oil Soap, then wiped the excess off with a paper towel. Smooth as butter! Buuuuuteeeeerrrrr... at least for now. And if the smoothness wears off, I know what to do!
So, if you ever run into a knitter who's stinkin' like Murphy Oil Soap, it must be me! But I have to tell you, I love it! The smell of that stuff reminds me of my parents' house and mom and grandma. Now, why I like the smell of microscope oil at work is up to interpretation (it smells like new furniture).
With all the smoothness, I finished up Pretty Comfy Socks!
Buuuuuteeeeerrrrr! I mean, coooomfyyyyyy!
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