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achrisvet
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Posted - 11/19/2002 :  2:43:00 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
I'm making a scarf with Wool Ease Thick and Quick left over from making a very cute hat. On the white ball I noticed a little brown larva crawling. Could it be a wool moth? The horror! Wool Ease is only 25% wool. Would moths bother that? You would think they would get indigestion. This yarn was not near any other part of my stash.

What do you do to control mtohs in your stash or fisished projects? I'm getting ready to start a merino sweater for my husband.

Anita

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glenreagh
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Posted - 11/19/2002 :  3:16:23 PM  Show Profile Send glenreagh a Private Message
I've never had a problem with moths in either my stash or finished products. I don't do anything to prevent them in my stash. I do use eucalan with lavender to wash them with after they're finished. Lavender is suppose to have some anti-moth capabilities.

Is it possibly that the yarn came that way from where ever you bought it. Or, maybe because it's fall and all those little critters are trying to get into the house this one made it to your yarn stash.
Maybe it's not even a moth larvae.!!
Barbara
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achrisvet
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Posted - 11/19/2002 :  7:48:28 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
I guess I'll go to Google and try to find a picture!

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mokumegane
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Posted - 11/24/2002 :  08:21:52 AM  Show Profile Send mokumegane a Private Message
I keep most of my yarns and stuff in a cedar chest. Cedar's supposed to be good at keeping the suckers at bay so I've never had a problem! There is cedar blocks available for sale to keep with woolens...

Amanda


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achrisvet
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Posted - 11/24/2002 :  8:10:16 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
I love the Internet! I went to Google and entered "wool moths". In less than a second I had a page that showed me a picture of what the nasty little critter looks like and it's nothing like what I saw. Big sigh!

I think I will get some cedar blocks though, to keep in my stash!

Anita

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Jane
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Posted - 11/25/2002 :  04:58:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message
You could be seeing carpet beetle larvae. I've weathered some pretty heavy infestations over the years. Freeze 'em. Put whatever fiber you think is infested with either moths or beetles in your freezer for a couple of days. Remove it and let it thaw, then repeat the process. The freeze and thaw does them in. Lavender, cedar, or lavender plus pennyroyal also help. I learned the hard way that vigilance is the best preventative, and even that isn't foolproof!

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Elsa
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Posted - 11/25/2002 :  09:08:01 AM  Show Profile Send Elsa a Private Message
I use lavender to control the moths and other crawly creatures. I take all my old guage swatches, fold them in half, stuff them with lavender from the farmers market, seam them up, and throw them in my stash. I have been told that, any herb that is super fragrant will do. Off the top of my head- mint, lavendar, cedar, eucalyptus.

Elsa

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achrisvet
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Posted - 11/25/2002 :  7:45:03 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
What a clever idea! I actually gorw some lavender. I cold do this next year!

Thanks!

Anita

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I use lavender to control the moths and other crawly creatures. I take all my old guage swatches, fold them in half, stuff them with lavender from the farmers market, seam them up, and throw them in my stash. I have been told that, any herb that is super fragrant will do. Off the top of my head- mint, lavendar, cedar, eucalyptus.

Elsa





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BlueStocking
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Posted - 11/25/2002 :  7:56:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit BlueStocking's Homepage Send BlueStocking a Private Message
Elsa -- that IS a great idea! And yet another reason for me to talk myself into *liking* to do swatches (which, I must admit, I do not really like to do).

I keep all my yarn in a cedar chest, and I also have lavender saches mingled throughout. I put cedar blocks in between some of my most wooly sweaters in my closet, and I put a little lavender oil in the rinse water when I wash them, too.

Jen

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megknits
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Posted - 11/25/2002 :  8:12:04 PM  Show Profile Send megknits a Private Message
Hmmm.. I may have my yarn stash hidden all over the house, but I have NEVER tried the freezer Not a bad idea. Better than the oven, at least

Meg

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mokumegane
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Posted - 11/28/2002 :  06:55:41 AM  Show Profile Send mokumegane a Private Message
Check this out!

http://www.sweaterscapes.com/storing.htm

This came off one of my favorite sites... I want their sock patterns! ($12 for all 5!) Hmm... maybe Christmas...?

http://www.sweaterscapes.com/instruc1.htm

Amanda

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achrisvet
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Posted - 11/29/2002 :  7:09:44 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
Oy! I think I've identified the critter as a carpet beetle, which eats food stuffs and WOOL! Oh dear! I must get something to put in my stash bin. I just got some of the nice Patons merino. and I don't want it ruined before I even start. Oy again!

Anita

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KathyR
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Posted - 12/14/2002 :  11:54:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit KathyR's Homepage Send KathyR a Private Message
Sorry to bring up an old subject but thought you might like to see this cartoon.

http://www.comics.com/comics/franknernest/archive/franknernest-20021201.html

Worth a laugh.

KathyR
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BlueStocking
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Posted - 12/16/2002 :  4:29:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit BlueStocking's Homepage Send BlueStocking a Private Message
Hi Anita! Just thought I'd pass on that a good knitting friend of mine has found little larvae/beetles in her roving especially. YUCK! This may be what you have ... don't know if it's a carpet beetle or not ... just a little ugly critter eating away at her wool!

Freeze 'em out! Freeze 'em out! ... maybe if the weather turns cold enough again you can put all your yarn outside for a couple of days ... it sure seemed cold enough here last week!

Jen


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mokumegane
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Posted - 12/17/2002 :  06:28:41 AM  Show Profile Send mokumegane a Private Message
Lol!

quote:

Sorry to bring up an old subject but thought you might like to see this cartoon.

http://www.comics.com/comics/franknernest/archive/franknernest-20021201.html

Worth a laugh.

KathyR



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