I consulted a professional

June, bless your heart for answering my entirely serious question with an entirely serious answer. I hope it’s okay that I’m sharing the relevant parts of our e-mail exchange here.

I’m waiting until tomorrow to see if I come to my senses.


22 thoughts on “I consulted a professional

  1. freecia

    You Rock. Could you actually make that a video?

    There have been times… I just stick it in the back of my closet or at the bottom of a seldom seen bag. Too bad your yarn won’t unwind well.

  2. Lauren

    Oh that sweater is too great to meet that kind of death. Give the dimensions and donate it to an appreciative knitter it will fit wonderfully. (Btw, I tried burning Tahki Ravello since it was similar in content to the yarns deemed flammable last year. Tried taking pics and holding the lighter at the same time. Bad plan.)

  3. Laura

    I wonder if June knows that wool is self-extinguishing from experience? Now I want to burn some wool to see what happens. I know from personal experience that hair singes at high enough temperatures. Perhaps the wool will singe into carbon without EtOH? I wonder if the dye will emit toxic fumes when burned? Definately burn it outside or in a fume hood.

  4. Kathy

    (waxes poetic about the wonders of a good walking foot, then rubs hands together gleefully at the prospect of Things On Fire)

  5. Kim

    What a bittersweet entry that would be… The destruction of a potentially great sweater…… vs.. flames!

    I am torn.

  6. Kara

    Maybe you could burn it in effigy? And rip the real thing. BTW, I suspect that you could get a quilter (there are dozens for hire around here) to use their heavier-duty machine on it for a small fee.

  7. Laura Neal

    Burn baby burn! I wish I could do that to some of the yarn I have, I just donate it to my sister who then calls screaming at me about that yarn I gave her. I want to see some big flames! Happy burning you pyro!

  8. Diana

    I love it when two scientists get together to talk about fire! I think I might have some of that crappy Jo Sharp yarn to add to the fire.

  9. Martha

    I approve destroying hated objects in a spectacular manner, would enjoy sweater-burning pics, and am very impressed by June’s knowledge of wool’s burning capacity. BUT if it’s been as dry in Cambridge as it is on the South Shore, burning anything outside is extremely dangerous and, around here at least, illegal. So proceed with caution!! You don’t want Ch 7 reporting an out-of-control sweater fire ripping through your neighborhood. Maybe if you put it in a hibachi/barbeque with a lid?

  10. Stephanie

    Fire you say. Interesting idea. If you truly hate it, isn’t even that too much effort? Although the satisfaction would be unbeatable. I have a walking foot and I’d do it for you for free – just so long as you promise not to be stressed any more. Why don’t you just ship it out to me (with specific directions mind you) and I’ll sew it and send it back.

  11. erica

    heehee, i am in favor of the burning, it would make some lovely photos! but, if you’re thinking of saving it, does your machine have a darning foot? when i sew on thick things i use that: it’s weird looking, round on the bottom with a spring in it, doesn’t really press down much. and i recently discovered a dial that releases the foot tension on the backside of my little machine! i’ve only had it 5 years before noticing it…

  12. Katherine

    Um . . . no one has mentioned the other thing about burning wool — it really and truly stinks!


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