old, old wool afghan

petalpatsyMarch 8, 2009

I accepted the offer of an old, old, wool afghan over my legs on Friday evening. I set it aside because it seemed scratchy (through blue jeans.) I was back up a 4am to shower, and had another bath on Saturday. Here on Sunday morning, I still feel like it was laced with itch powder.

It seems reasonable to think old wool fibers would get dry and brittle and become a pretty effective itch 'powder.' Am I right?

This man is divorced, and moved back 'to town' for his son's social life three weeks ago(read: to better keep close tabs on a 16yr old whom he thinks is going wild.) The house was his grandmother's and has been empty for a couple of years--huge old place, lovely grounds, filled with antiques, but drafty as h***. He's tall. He's handsome. He's polite--door opening, chair pulling, calls me in twenty minutes to be sure I get home safe and say goodnight, all as a casual matter of course (I try to act like I'm not a total stranger to such tender care but it's a stretch.) He feeds me. He's willing to watch chick flicks for company--after the news is over :)--he had another movie he wants me watch 'next time.'

I'm in a pickle. It will be easy enough to says the afghan is delicate, ask for something else, or heck, just wait for spring. It will be more difficult to take my Kirby over there and vacuum the chair, while relegating the afghan to the parlor where it can decorate an antique that nobody is expected to sit in.

Are there any similarly well-bred fiber artists out there who can advise me both on the afghan, and how Emily Post would handle this?

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If it has no critters in it and this is an allergic reaction, I suggest you take some kind of antihistimine or Benedryl. If it is critters, beware bringing them home with you.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2009 at 7:12PM
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Just tell him you think you are allergic to wool, it makes you itch. Why beat around the bush about something like this? He would not want you to be uncomfortable or medicate just to use the blanket.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2009 at 7:43PM
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Wear warmer clothes when you go to visit him and be honest about why you won't use the afghan...or bring your own.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2009 at 9:16AM
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Maybe you are allergic to wool, and more severe than some other folks, so just be honest w/him. Remember that you should never start a friendship/relationship on lies, they fall apart one day, so just tell him that you think you may be allergic to wool.

I like the idea of wearing something warmer, but if you take your own afghan how will he feel. Just be honest, and all the best w/the friendship/relationship.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2009 at 11:55PM
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