AUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGHHHH

MOTHS MOTHS MOTHS MOTHS

AAAUUUUUUUUUUGGGHHHHHH

I’d been seeing the occasional lost-looking moth in my room for the last month or so and idly wondering where they might be camping out.

The answer: IN MY YARN STASH.

There are four skeins (one relatively pricey, the others a gift) of Snow Leopard Trust handspun camel yarn in my stash that are bitten into pieces, crawling with tiny larvae, embedded with little moth corpses and shedding tiny sand-like crumbs of moth crap.

AAAAUUUUUUGH

Fortunately, the other items in that bin are mostly stored in plastic bags and seem untouched. I guess the moths were so enamored with the twig-laden, gloriously unprocessed and still slightly musty camel yarn that they didn’t notice anything else.

OK, I’m gonna go run to the closet and start tearing everything apart RIGHT NOW.

3 thoughts on “AUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGHHHH”

  1. Those four skeins were so righteously infested that I just threw ’em out. Fortunately, there were only a few unbagged skeins nearby, so I soaked them in water and microwaved them for awhile to kill any potential moth eggs, then dried them outside. So far, so good.

  2. I feel for you. I would want to cry. I have several sweaters with tiny little moth holes in them – store bought cashmere ): I got them in N. California. Since then I have purchased a cedar chest. I also have 2 antique chests (one was free and the other was given to me by my mother but cost too much money to bring home on the plane). I am going this week to buy a piece of aromatic cedar to have cut to fit in each of those trunks. I do keep all of my yarn in plastic bags and have not had any “incidents” yet. But I am really paranoid about this since I had store bought sweaters eaten.

    I have read that moths are attracted to items that are dirty from food “splashed” or dropped on a garment when eating – even the smallest little drop can attract the little fiends. They probable could smell your yarn because it was “raw”. So I hope these tips help.

    I haven’t had any problems since storying in my cedar chest, but I have run out of room like every good knitter does. I am hoping a few large pieces of aromatic cedar will keep the moths away in my other trunks too. (:

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