When I started my second Hedera Sock. I was irritated to find 4 or 5 points in the yarn where it appeared that one strand of the two had broken – lots of joins at the start of the sock 🙁
I dismissed it as a manufacturing problem.
Then when working on Emily, I had one ball with the same problem every 2 meters or so. The other balls were OK and it had been a factory sealed pack of yarn.
Another manufacturing problem?? I started to feel uneasy.
We kinda concluded it wasn’t the most evil and heinous of creatures – it was a fault in the yarn. A scary coincidence.
Then I decided to wash the blanket in Thug’s basket, where he spends most of his time, like this
Cat in a Basket – all he needs are a few chips and some tomato ketchup!
Under the blanket is an old feather cushion inside pure wool cushion cover I made years ago from a Kaffe Fasset, Tumbling blocks Rowan Membership gift – I love my cats enough to let them sleep on my intarsia 😆
I lifted up the blanket and…
Yup – it’s moth damage -unless my readers can tell me otherwise?? There’s no chewed up wool or evidence of moths except the holes.
I am horrified. I might be infested. I have hundreds of pounds worth of yarn, possibly being devoured by merciless moth larvae. I have wool suits and cashmere jumpers !!!!
Much as I liked my Kaffe Fasset cushion – it has gone in the dustbin. Thinking about it – it was a perfect luxury hotel for moths. They like dark (covered by blanket), warm (by radiator), feathers (in cushion), animal fur (readily deposited by Thug) and Wool. 😥
I promise to buy Thug a new synthetic cushion for under his blankie.
I now have inspected everything I can think of and found no further evidence of moths.
Every wardrobe and stash repository (lots of those!) has a few cedar balls.
I have spent a fortune on ziplock bags (I used the food ones from Lakeland) and have hermetically sealed all my pure fibres in plastic.
It slowly dawned on my that the two balls of yarn I’d had problems with had been stashed in the same box on top of my wardrobe…
It’s an Ikea cardboard box with a big hole either end forming a handle – easy access and nice a warm for “Mothy” up there by the ceiling too.
And the factory sealed pack? It has “air holes” at regular intervals – oh Thanks, Rowan 👿
All the yarn in the box is now in plastic too.
Schrödinger (the little ginger cuddly cat) is guarding the box from future invasion (armed with cedar balls)
BTW, He’s called Schrödinger because he lives in a box. It’s a particle physics joke!
I’ll keep you posted if I find any more damage. 🙁