Before summer gets too cozy

It’s that time of year, dear knitters! Or at least for those of us in more northern climes – the time when we remember what it feels like to not wear socks all the time, when it’s about to get so hot and humid for a while that we will completely forget what cold feels like and come October we will be whimpering into our cocoa about the crime of dressing for +10 Celsius. Right exactly now is pretty good for southern Ontario, because it’s sunny and green and the really stupid humidity and heat haven’t hit yet, so we’re all filled with dreams about walking and biking and sitting outside.

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It is also the time of year when we get to put away the handknitted things for a few months. We’ve had a few up-down-up-down weeks and finally last week I decided it was time to just wash all the accessory knits that hadn’t been washed, and get them stowed away for good. As much as is humanly possible, try to put all your knits away clean, because then the little fluttery things that are attracted to wooly things are less likely to be interested in them. Your sweaty hat and mitts with the spilled coffee and doughnut sugar on them are delicious to those creatures.

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This year I am also going to take the added step of putting things in zipped plastic bags. I’ve never (yet, knock on wood) had a problem with my wooly knits before, but I’ve started thinking one can’t be too careful.
Last summer I took the step of bagging up the majority of my yarn stash, after water damage in the rest of the house made me want to start taking more precautions. So I’ll start with bagging up the accessories, then the sweaters once I get some more airtight reinforcements.

Nothing is completely foolproof, I don’t think – you could, naturally end up bagging up a little critter along with something knitted, or they could find a little hole somewhere and get in anyway. So any method is better than no method, and above all it’s important to toss things around every so often just to get the fresh air in there and disturb anything that might be getting cozy. (Honestly even just thinking about it is stressing me out a little bit. Actually more than a little bit. Lalalalala be cool, little fluttery creatures! Nothing to see here!)

So, that’s on my to-do list for the next week! Take care of your knitted treasures, friends, and may your house be dry and forever avoided by pests.

Until next week!

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13 comments

  1. rachel · ·

    Dont forget to put lavender in the bags too- repels evil fluttery things!

  2. Michelle · ·

    I bagged all my yarn after reading your blog about your stash. I have one problem with bagging my sweaters, they slip and slide and fall from my shelves. My yarn is in nice slide out baskets. I guess I need to find something to keep my sweaters contained. Come to think about it even out of plastic bags they slip and slide around my shelves….

  3. Try adding that non-slip shelf liner stuff. If it works for plates and silverware- it should work for knitted wear.

  4. Linda A · ·

    I had moths visit (consume) a cashmere sweater once. I didn’t realize it until AFTER I got home from the party I wore it to. Little holes in the sleeves and along the front while I was sitting there in front of people I didn’t know well. I must have looked like Raggetty Annie, only I didn’t know it at the time. But I was certainly dismayed when I discovered those holes when I got home. I would have REALLY been ticked off if I had hand-knit that cashmere sweater!! It can happen!
    But, good advice, Glenna. Gotta wash those woolens before putting them away.

  5. Oh dear…if it’s woolen-putting-away time in Ontario, that means it should be that time in Kansas too. I have been putting off washing my collection of hats and mitts and scarves and shawls because our weather has been nippy too, but the weather in the week ahead looks warm. Time to get washing!

  6. I live in South Africa and we can get big plastic bags that zip up and then you suck out all the air inside with your vacumn cleaner. This reduces the bulkiness of the bag so you can stack them in a really small space – I use the bottom of my closet. Because there is no air inside, no ‘little critters’ can survive! Here’s a link to Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Wholesale-Vacuum-Storage-Medium-Travel/dp/B0035Z9CYM/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1432375161&sr=8-4&keywords=storage+bags – Hope that helps. xxx

  7. Lavendar and cedar chips go in my bags….you only have to have ONE mishap with critters and you become an instant ‘believer’! (If I suspect a problem, my knits spend a couple weeks in the freezer before getting stored!! Their winter holiday!)

  8. I am really bad about this. I really should wash my hats and scarves I used this last winter. Thanks for the reminder! I have a large purple tubtrug I purchased just for this very reason. It has some wool socks in it right now waiting to be washed. Guess I will add those hats and scarves!

    Starting knitting a pair of baby socks last night. Great way to use up oddballs of sock yarn! Happy knitting.

  9. I, too, need to get my woolen knits put away. I soo wish I had a cedar chest to keep it all in! Thanks for the heads up!

  10. This year I bought those large storage bags that you can suck the air out. I am too worried about moths to just leave my knits lying around openly now, so I hope it will be okay. I only have a few knits left for cooler days right now and give them a good shake once in a while to prevent anything from settling in them. Not sure how useful that is!

  11. knittedblissjc · ·

    so true! glad you are taking precautions, I’m sure your efforts will go a long way to protecting your knits.

  12. I’m envious (only slightly) of living where it is cold enough to wear lots of knits. I get excited when it’s cool enough to WEAR a pair of handknit socks!

  13. You inspired me! I. Usually get the sweaters sorted and stacked, out of wardrobe rotation… and then they sit in a sad pile in the corner all summer. Vacume seal storage bags were on clearance at my local Bed Bath & Beyond, so I bought a slew of them after reading your post- some for my wardrobe, and some for the more fluttery edible bits of my stash. Thanks for the nudge!

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