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.
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.
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!