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Old July 2nd 07, 08:11 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.yarn
Mary Fisher
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Today I took out a shawl which a daughter knitted for me some years ago from
her own spun Hebridean black wool from the two Heb ewe lambs I gave her.
She'd chosen the stitch 'candlelight' because I made beeswax candles.

It had huge holes in it and it's unsalvageable.

Does anyone know of any home moth-proofing system?

Obviously it will be for future items but we'd hate it to happen again.
We're both very unhappy (Spouse and I - I haven't told daughter yet).

Mary



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Old July 2nd 07, 08:49 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.yarn
Bernadette
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On Mon, 02 Jul 2007 20:11:03 +0100, Mary Fisher wrote:

Today I took out a shawl which a daughter knitted for me some years ago from
her own spun Hebridean black wool from the two Heb ewe lambs I gave her.
She'd chosen the stitch 'candlelight' because I made beeswax candles.

It had huge holes in it and it's unsalvageable.

Does anyone know of any home moth-proofing system?

Obviously it will be for future items but we'd hate it to happen again.
We're both very unhappy (Spouse and I - I haven't told daughter yet).

Mary


It seems that lavender is a natural moth repellent Mary. One link you may
find helpful is at
http://www.pallensmith.com/newslette...ws_052104a.htm
where they give a "recipe" for making the mixture.

PS My mother always just made lavender bags or used dry bay leaves and
that seemed to work).
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Old July 2nd 07, 08:54 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.yarn
Mary Fisher
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"Bernadette" wrote in message
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On Mon, 02 Jul 2007 20:11:03 +0100, Mary Fisher wrote:

Today I took out a shawl which a daughter knitted for me some years ago
from
her own spun Hebridean black wool from the two Heb ewe lambs I gave her.
She'd chosen the stitch 'candlelight' because I made beeswax candles.

It had huge holes in it and it's unsalvageable.

Does anyone know of any home moth-proofing system?

Obviously it will be for future items but we'd hate it to happen again.
We're both very unhappy (Spouse and I - I haven't told daughter yet).

Mary


It seems that lavender is a natural moth repellent Mary. One link you may
find helpful is at
http://www.pallensmith.com/newslette...ws_052104a.htm
where they give a "recipe" for making the mixture.


I'll have a proper look at that later, thank you.

I don't even mind using mothballs but they're not allowed to be sold here
any more :-(

PS My mother always just made lavender bags or used dry bay leaves and
that seemed to work).


Right. A son has a lavender hedge. He and I have bay trees.

Thanks, I'm so unhappy, of all things it would have to be this precious
shawl :-(

Mary


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Old July 2nd 07, 09:15 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.yarn
Bernadette
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On Mon, 02 Jul 2007 20:54:16 +0100, Mary Fisher wrote:


"Bernadette" wrote in message
news
On Mon, 02 Jul 2007 20:11:03 +0100, Mary Fisher wrote:

Today I took out a shawl which a daughter knitted for me some years ago
from
her own spun Hebridean black wool from the two Heb ewe lambs I gave her.
She'd chosen the stitch 'candlelight' because I made beeswax candles.

It had huge holes in it and it's unsalvageable.

Does anyone know of any home moth-proofing system?

Obviously it will be for future items but we'd hate it to happen again.
We're both very unhappy (Spouse and I - I haven't told daughter yet).

Mary


It seems that lavender is a natural moth repellent Mary. One link you may
find helpful is at
http://www.pallensmith.com/newslette...ws_052104a.htm
where they give a "recipe" for making the mixture.


I'll have a proper look at that later, thank you.

I don't even mind using mothballs but they're not allowed to be sold here
any more :-(

PS My mother always just made lavender bags or used dry bay leaves and
that seemed to work).


Right. A son has a lavender hedge. He and I have bay trees.

Thanks, I'm so unhappy, of all things it would have to be this precious
shawl :-(

Mary


I know, it is sickening when that happens.

Your garden (and son's) sounds like mine. I have lavender, sage, thyme,
rosemary, parsley, lovage, bay leaves, tarragon and nasturtiums (so far)
and I'm always open to suggestions for other herbs if I'm likely to use
them. :-)

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Old July 3rd 07, 12:46 AM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.yarn
hesira
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On Jul 2, 2:11 pm, "Mary Fisher" wrote:

Does anyone know of any home moth-proofing system?

Mary


Have you ever tried cedar chips or balls?

Hesira


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Old July 3rd 07, 03:34 AM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.yarn
Katherine
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On Jul 2, 4:11 pm, "Mary Fisher" wrote:
Today I took out a shawl which a daughter knitted for me some years ago from
her own spun Hebridean black wool from the two Heb ewe lambs I gave her.
She'd chosen the stitch 'candlelight' because I made beeswax candles.

It had huge holes in it and it's unsalvageable.

Does anyone know of any home moth-proofing system?

Obviously it will be for future items but we'd hate it to happen again.
We're both very unhappy (Spouse and I - I haven't told daughter yet).


My Rubbermaid containers keep moths out. I also have a cedar chest in
which I keep very SPECIAL things.
I am so sorry you lost the shawl. It must have been VERY special to
you.
Maybe if you cry softly when you tell your daughter, she will make
you
another one???
I must have a look for that stitch.

Higs,
Katherine

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Old July 3rd 07, 03:47 AM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.yarn
Olwyn Mary
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Mary Fisher wrote:
Today I took out a shawl which a daughter knitted for me some years ago from
her own spun Hebridean black wool from the two Heb ewe lambs I gave her.
She'd chosen the stitch 'candlelight' because I made beeswax candles.

It had huge holes in it and it's unsalvageable.

Does anyone know of any home moth-proofing system?

Obviously it will be for future items but we'd hate it to happen again.
We're both very unhappy (Spouse and I - I haven't told daughter yet).

Mary



IMO the best way is to keep things out and aired. For instance, with a
beautiful shawl I would tend to drape it over a piece of furniture or the
like, or at least wear it regularly so that the moths do not have the
chance
to burrow in there.

I have one beautiful shawl (among several others) which I inherited from
dh's aunt, and I make sure I wear it at least once every couple of months.

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.

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Old July 3rd 07, 04:33 AM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.yarn
Mirjam Bruck-Cohen
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First take OUT ALLLLLLLLL your woolens , and Clean the Closet with
some Good disinfection stuff you have . Than put in a cloth bag with
some Hard smelling Soaps Rosemarin , Lavender + a bag with Laurel ,,,
All woolen things should be WASHED and checked for any creature ,,,
mirjam


Today I took out a shawl which a daughter knitted for me some years ago from
her own spun Hebridean black wool from the two Heb ewe lambs I gave her.
She'd chosen the stitch 'candlelight' because I made beeswax candles.

It had huge holes in it and it's unsalvageable.

Does anyone know of any home moth-proofing system?

Obviously it will be for future items but we'd hate it to happen again.
We're both very unhappy (Spouse and I - I haven't told daughter yet).

Mary




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Old July 3rd 07, 08:27 AM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.yarn
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crikey, that's awful!! I'd be using napthalene- smelly and toxic but it
does work... and the smell does air out. If you can't/won't use napthalene,
cedar might work. I have read that all the herbal things like lavender only
mask the smell of the fibre, they don't actually repel moths, just hide your
wool from their little mothy noses. Cedar may be an exception to this.

Oh, and light, moths hate light. So store your most precious things out of
the darkness.

Taueret


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Old July 3rd 07, 10:09 AM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.yarn
Richard Eney
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In article ,
Mary Fisher wrote:
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Does anyone know of any home moth-proofing system?


Do you have a microwave oven and a freezer?
If you want to be sure something is insect-free, first
microwave it for 1 minute, then freeze it for a day or so,
warm it (in a sealed container) to let eggs hatch, and then
microwave it again.

The advice others have given will help too, but the
best solution I've found is Ziploc[TM] bags or the equivalent
in self-seal plastic. Tupperware{TM} is ideal because their
plastic formula doesn't emit chemicals that plasticize the
contents, and the seal keeps out moisture. It keeps out most
bugs (but flour weevils can chew right through it if they're
already in the flour). Some other companies licensed the
Tupperware systems. Beware of containers that only seem to
seal but have airholes hidden under the handles; they're no
help against moths and carpet beetles.

=Tamar
 




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