Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Amanda Makes - 06 - Moth Probs

nature colors / yarn colors :: finished baby sweater :: sock progress

I am simultaneously delighted by a finished project and lamenting an apparent moth issue. Yay and eek all at once. I am fairly confident the moth problem was confined to our old house because we would have all kinds of buzzing things inside with no recourse because we had 13 ft ceilings. While I don't think I have moths in the house now, I discuss a bit of the aftermath and rehab in the podcast. What do you do to thwart moths?

Also, I've spent too many minutes hours this past week wondering about the proper yarn selection for a project my sister has requested. I kept pouring over the Knit Picks Chroma Fingering colorway selection but rumpling my nose and thinking, all of these colors are so "out there." Why can't I get yarn in good nature colors? Since then, every time I step outdoors I have noticed that nature comes in yarn colors!

Featured Books
The Shepherd’s Life  < Read this book. 

Featured Yarns
KP Chroma Fingering (Weathervane, Fog Bank, Red Velvet)

Featured Patterns

Featured Folks
Ginny's Sheller @ Small Things
Sarah @ LoveSockWool


  1. I have had to deal with moth issues here, I live in the deep south after all. As much as I despise plastic, and I really do, I now store all of my yarn in freezer bags to keep critters away.

  2. Great podcast Amanda, I loved it!
    I'm so sorry about the moths, I have had the same trouble, one with my Forest Sweater that I discovered when I went to wear it for the first time. I darned it with some left over yarn and while it's no longer perfect and least it won't unravel as I wear it. I am now storing all of my knits in the cedar chest with sachets of lavender which is suppose to help. I don't know what to tell you about your Hitchhiker, maybe someone with more experience will have a solution.
    Oh, and I love your sock!

  3. I can't wait to watch soon, but with a busy afternoon ahead of me it may have to wait until tomorrow, darn!! Sorry to hear about moths, I'll find out more when I watch!

  4. Lovely podcast!
    I'd be happy to test knit your pattern, I'm knitting for charity and always looking for an easy but cute pattern :)
    I'm Veronica on Rav.
    Warm hugs!

  5. Yet again another great podcast, thank you!! Sorry about the moths, they do not like cedar, lavender and of course mothballs, but that's extreme. If you freeze whatever yarns you have for 48 hours to kill eggs if you are worried.

    I'd just find the closest yarn match possible and darn the hitchhiker, no one will see it or know.

  6. Hi! I just watched your great podcast, no deadline looming this time. I have never dealt with moth problem myself, so far, but I heard that cedar balls are supposed to keep the enemy away. On unraveling, I have two tips. one, if unraveling a commercially made sweater, make sure that it's parts are knitted and not cut out of a whole piece of knitted fabric, so you don't end up with a bunch of short length of yarn. Two, wet the sweater before unraveling and wind the yarn tightly into balls. When it dries, you'll have a smoother yarn, not the usual curly unraveled mess. Hope this helps. Nailya.

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  8. I love your projects, such pretty yarn! I'm also afraid of a moth invasion (I hate fluttery things but mostly live in fear of them eating my yarn!) - I have no idea if we've ever had any but I bought some cedarwood hanging block things from Amazon and stuck them everywhere just in case.

  9. Dan had a church meeting tonight, so I sat down with my needles and a glass of wine to watch. Amanda, you'll think I'm making this up, but I also have a beautiful green (Madtosh) Hitchhiker that I recently discovered had been visited by moths. That and my Tea Leaves (also green). So frustrating. :( I need to dig through my yarn odds and ends to see if I had even the tiniest bit of the green Modtash leftover. I found a bit of the yarn I used for my Tea Leaves, so that's mendable, thank God.

    I picked up the Poisonwood Bible, but I realized that it's going to be impossible to do the read-along. Wearing too many hats these days and barely finding time to finish the books I'm already reading. Oh well.