Avoid moth damage with TLC
All those lovely hand knit sweaters and scarves. You don’t want those ruined, I know. So, what to do when you need to store them? First off, make sure they are clean. One little dot of ketchup, or your favorite drink or whatever, acts like a homing beacon to moths. So, wash those garments. I have found my favorite to be Meadows Wool Wash which comes lavendar or cedar scented. The scents don’t kill moths or even repel them. They just do a good job of confusing moths, letting your stash of wool sweaters be a secret because all they smell is lavendar or cedar. And then after it is clean and dry, nicely scented, store them in those giant zippered bags. I get the 2.5 gallon size which will take a hefty winter sweater or several smaller ones. Squeeze the air out, zip it closed and put it away for the summer.
Better Safe than Sorry
Throw that bag of roving you just couldn’t pass up, that ball of yarn with unknown history, any suspect ball of yarn (hey! did that bug just come out of my yarn???) into your freezer for 3-5 days to make sure that all is taken care of. A stay of 3-5 days in a chest freezer (not your refrigerator freezer) will kill a moth in any stage of development from larva to winged creature. So don’t take chances with the unknown, throw it in your freezer. Many a time Dan has come grumbling back from the freezer saying there is more yarn in there than food. If a customer returns yarn to the shop, it’s the smart thing to do, because I don’t know the circumstances it has been kept under.
Triangle Shawl of Lace Merino Wool
I love mindless knitting, and what could be better than being able to ball it up and stuff it in your pocket as you head out the door. Gotta have something to knit on in case there’s some down time where ever you’re headed. That’s this triangle shawl knitted from Lace Merino yarn.
The colorways offered in this yarn are beautiful and the yarn is tightly spun so there is no splitting. The yarn is also sold as a sock yarn, but I haven’t tried that yet. Love the ties and the shawl stays put on your shoulders. The results you see here are from one skein. We have a free pattern on request for the shawl when you order the yarn. My customers come and pounce on it with an oohhh! and aahhh! wearing it until time to leave the shop.