Last summer, I posted a small freakout about finding a moth in my room (where all of my hand knits live).
Everything turned out to be fine. I bought some zip-top bags, washed everything (that took WEEKS), and put them away.
It got me thinking about proper storage for my hand knits for the summer months (since I’m not wearing most of them), and to store my enormous yarn stash.
Since spring is in the air, I’m going to start gearing up.
For those of you following along at home, here’s a list:
#1. Wash and dry everything.
Yes. Everything. Oils from your skin attract bugs. I don’t know the exact reasons why, but they do. Besides, it just makes good sense. When the weather starts cooling off again, wouldn’t you want to pull out a nice, clean shawl or pair of socks?
#2. Put everything into airtight, zip-top bags.
If it can keep air out, it’ll keep wee beasties out. Plus, if there is the slight chance that you put something that already had a moth or carpet beetle on it, you’ve got a much better chance of containing the problem.
#3. Add a repellent.
Not, like OFF! or anything like that. And I hear that moth balls aren’t so good for hand-knits (plus they smell AWFUL).
Me? I’m going to go with lavender. I’ve heard that cedar, mint leaves and cloves also work as moth repellents as well.
I am by no means an expert in repelling moths or carpet beetles, this advice was found on the internet. But it seems better to do some of these things than to store everything in a heap and cross your fingers and hope for the best.