15 October 2008

gosh, darn it


The slaughter of many moths with rapid eye-to-hand attacks as they flew past, the powerful scent of of cedarwood oil in my wardrobes, the diligent attention to storing my woollen garments in sealed boxes under the bed, the banishment of the panda to the gulag of the freezer in the cellar, all of this I thought would offer some protection from the insidious destruction of the clothes moth.

How wrong I was. I retrieved a felted cardigan - a favourite because I feel like I'm wearing sheep's clothing - from under the bed and found it had been munched in the front. Holy moly, I was not happy. The repair was rapid with the only matching cotton in my mending basket.
I'm sorry now that I missed the darning days at Prick Your Finger last week because there is definitely room for improvement. The work of the darning artist, described by Felix here, looks much more beautiful.

The destruction here has been extensive. I put on a dusky pink number at the weekend and it was only when I was 60 miles from home that John pointed out to me the holes in one sleeve - FOUR HOLES! I have found holes in three other cardigans too. Those demons have wreaked havoc with no regard for propriety whatever. This sailor doll's hat and collar were made of wool and are no more. It's very sad.


So what with the rats, the fruit flies and the moths, I can't help wondering what plague I'm in for next. Nothing a shotgun could not cope with, I imagine. God help us.

6 comments:

emmat said...

Were they ziplock? They have to be ziplock. And, you need to wash the thing straight before it goes into the bag. And preferably, the bag should then go into the freezer for a week.

Ironically, it turns out that the best place to store stuff you don't want to be eaten is on a hanger on a clothes rail in the middle of the room. Clothes moths will not lay their eggs in sunlight! (My friend who puts her prettiest cardigans on hangers on her picture rail had the right idea all along...)

Ragged Roses said...

Hello! Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I have really enjoyed my visit here and reading back over your previous posts. I have heard of Mary Webb but that was because of Precious Bane and will look out for the book you mentioned by her. I noticed "I Capture the Castle" in your previous post, I adore that book.
Kimx
Lavender oil is meant to be good for moths and rosemary I think

60 Going On 16 said...

Next plague? Locusts, maybe? You never know with global warming. We've have seen some incredibly large, strange and exotic insects down here in the South West in recent years. But not this year. Just great big spiders. Everywhere.

Felix said...

Your darning is absolutely beautiful!

I love your photos and am sad for the sailor's losses...

I have resorted to megadeath-kill-the-earth-pesticide emitters to ward off the moths. I just can't take the thought of my handiwork being munched by the little feckers and my studio window is disconcertingly loose, letting any and everything fly in.

Any yarn I am uncertain about goes in the freezer and is not allowed to play with the other yarns until pronounced moth-free...

Milo said...

Pure wool jumpers are so nice to wear but I find myself in those ultra cheap M&S numbers a lot of the time, not even wool (heaven forbid they could be acrylic! Sinful I know). But I find washing woollen clothes such hard work. I don't think any of my clothes have survived long enough to be eaten by moths!

colleen said...

Thank you all so much for your moth-murdering advice. Down to the freezing gulag it is, I think. C