Saturday, October 13, 2007

learn from my stupidity

When you leave your handknit socks for the winter, don't just leave them at the bottom of your washing pile thinking "yay, I don't need to wash them for six months". Dirty socks attract moths a lot more easily.

moth hole in my favourite socks

Yeah, that is my middle finger sticking out of the hole - the munching, flying little beasties. I've washed the socks anyway, and once they're dry I'll see if I can darn the hole, but it's pretty big. In my some of my favourite socks, too (the lovemeknots). Next spring, I'll remember to wash them all, carefully fold them and put them away securely. Possibly sealed. For the time being, I'm remaining vigilant, and Kirsty invested in a few anti-moth herb sachets (which are strong-smelling, and I haven't stopped sneezing since she opened them up, but at least won't make the flat stink of mothballs).

12 comments:

Specs said...

Uh oh. I definitely have a few wool socks sitting at the bottom of my hamper. Better dig those out soon...

gleek said...

oh no. i haven't inspected any of my socks yet. i hope they are all intact!

Lindsey said...

Aww, how sad! Sorry!

sarah shepherd said...

a moth has eaten a jumper of mine too! Its really fine wool and I'm so annoyed. Where did you get the herbal moth sachets from?

startare said...

Reminds me of the sad fate of a lovely sweater I took with me when I went to live in the Caribbean, thinking it would be great to have when I came back to France at Christmas. No amount of darning could save it, unfortunately, hope you fare better with your socks.

Joan [yarnygirl.com] said...

that's awful--but you can certainly say the moths had good taste.

schrodinger said...

That is dreadful!! Yet another reason for me to continue to buy superwash.

emmms said...

No! Good lord, I'm having palpitations just looking at that. I might have to go lie down.

You're taking this very well -- did they get into anything else? I'm going to have to lock up all my socks as soon as I get home. Yuck!

Stacey said...

oh no! that is horrible!

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