Anyway, we had a family dinner at my parents' house last night, and we used the opportunity to make the switch - the knit and crochet toys that I had made for Max in the past, but borrowed back for my Holiday window, in exchange for the christening set. Gavin brought the set in the special storage box I had given them along with the set. A stiff cardboard box, made from acid-free card, and reinforced with metal on the corners. Inside, the set was lovingly wrapped in the acid-free, stain-free tissue paper. I peeled it back carefully, and lifted up the gown... and right in the middle was a little brown moth carcass! All that concern for staining and decay, and darned if it didn't even occur to me to think about moths! Further inspection revealed a few more of the little decayed cocoon thingies, so I definitely wasn't seeing things the first time. Ugh. Just the thought of what those little beasties can do to yarn makes me feel ill!
Paranoid as I am, I left the giant (and now potentially infested) box with my folks, and brought the christening set home in a plastic bag. I'll have to deal with the box later - no way was that box getting anywhere near to my yarn stash! I just finished inspecting the set - gown, shawl, bonnet, and booties - very carefully, and have stashed it all in my freezer after first putting it into some spare store bags I had kicking around. In a week I shall take it all out again, let it "thaw" for a few days, and then repeat the 'freeze-thaw' cycle a few more times. I couldn't see anymore moth remains in the set, but I'm not taking any chances!
|The mark of a true knitter - knitwear (or yarn) in the freezer, tucked in next to the (apparently expired!) pie crusts and frozen berries!|
So far, it looks like we've been lucky - I couldn't find any signs of holes or chewed up fibres. Perhaps this particular species of moth wasn't overly impressed by this wool/silk blend. When I wash the set in a few weeks' time, I will inspect it all again. Fingers crossed that there isn't any damage - what leftover yarn I had has long since been dyed a striking blue-green color (both the laceweight and the DK), so finding extra yarn for darning could prove a challenge!
That reminds me... I really should put that beautifully dyed yarn to good use! ;)