Initiate panic sequence

So, I’m trying to pack and laundry and amuse Russell and I start going through the yarn I’m bringing, and I spot a little hole in the side.  I was going to wind it up with my handy dandy new ball winder anyway, so I thought, dang it, Russell got in here with a pair of scissors when I wasn’t looking.  That was not the case.

I’m sure there are knitters out there who know right where I’m going with this one.  I’d heard the stories, and of course, thought they didn’t apply to me.  I’m not a yarn snob.  I have my peruvian wool right next to my TLC wiggles my Lion Brand Chenille with my locally raised alpaca.  Somehow I thought that would exempt me.

Guess what happened to my 2 balls of Jojoland?  Yeah.  Moth larvae.  I wanted to take them with as insurance.  I knew I probably wouldn’t get to knit with them, but you know, you have to bring more than you think, just in case.  But, as I started winding, this little thing fell onto my pillow.  It was a little bug.  I thought, that’s odd.  How’d a bug get in my yarn.  Then another one.  Then the yarn stopped.  Then my heart stopped.  Crap.

Good news is, I think it’s confined to my bedroom.  Didn’t have too much in there by way of wool.  I bagged up all I could find, not the acrylic, and popped it in the freezer downstairs.  One sock still on the needles, 2 more socks suffering from SSS, a couple balls of Knitpicks Palette, my Blossom yarn, and a few others.  The only one other that the Jojoland that I actually saw bugs on was one of the Palettes, so I hope I did right.

I seriously did not have time for this today.  Nothing’s packed so far, I have 3 lists started, and Russell’s down for a nap, and all I want to do is lay down and breathe.

Could be worse.  What if I discovered this upon our return from vacation?  And should I freeze all my wool-like stuff, even if it’s on a different floor?  And for how long?  Should I just leave it in the freezer while we’re gone?  Aaaaaagggggghhhhhhh!


1 Response to “Initiate panic sequence”

  1. 1 saffity September 18, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Yarn Harlot goes into great detail about how she dealt with it in Secret Life of a Knitter.

    I think she left it in the freezer for 3 days, then took it out for 3 days, then put it back in. She also microwaved some balls, but you’d have to read her story to get all the things she did.

    Good luck with it!

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