Today's One-a-Day post is being postponed: 1. because I didn't actually make any hexagons this week (I have a bit of a knitting deadline at the moment) and 2. because I found out today that I have a moth problem in the downstairs stash. I honestly can't think of anything more tragic that could happen to a knitter's wool than finding moths making their home in it. I am grossed out beyond words.
When Mom and I were cleaning out the basement storage room today, I pulled out a drawer that had some yarn scraps and a roll of wool roving in it that I had used for making thrummed mittens a few years ago. I seen a flutter of moth wings and nearly fainted. I got Mom to get a big garbage bag and we dumped the whole drawer's contents into it, sealed it up and threw it out of the house. I then bagged up all other wool, wool-blend and animal fiber yarns and put them in the freezer. The yarn had been in storage drawers so they were open to the air and not completely sealed. I must have been living under a rock, because I had never heard that I should be storing my yarn in airtight containers.
Right now I'm not sure what to do. Thankfully most of my good yarn is stored upstairs (three flights away) from this stash, so none of it is affected. Should I be freezing all the acrylic as well? There is quite a lot and it won't all fit in the freezer at one time, so should bag everything up and then do it in batches? Do they like acrylic? How about cotton? Should I just throw it all away? There's quite a bit of yarn, but most is acrylic. I'd be sad to have to get rid of it, but if that's what I need to do, I can do it. I had been wanting to whittle my stash down, but this wasn't exactly what I had in mind....
I can't get to the store until Thursday to buy new sealing Rubbermaid containers, but when I do all yarn, no matter what it is, is going into these containers. In the meantime, I'm sending Mom to the store for loads of Ziploc bags.
Has this ever happened to you? Any advice? Oh man, what a day....