Sunday, June 17, 2007

QUICKtip: Keep your woolies smelling nice & prevent m*ths

In the same way as I channeled my mother on mother's day, I am channeling my father on father's day.

My dad was an excellent, if ferocious housekeeper -- dirt and disorder had no chance with him. He kept all his woolies in cardboard boxes, and in later years, in plastic snap top bins. Into each box or bin, he dropped a bar of scented soap--he strongly favored Zest. Until this day, that "Zest-y" smell takes me back to the odor emanating from his sweaters. And not only is this a good way to store woolen sweaters, it is also an excellent way to store yarn. Just pick a soap with a scent you won't tire of. (Hint: for a smaller storage bin, check out travel sized soaps.)

Whether it was the snap top bins, the soapy smell, or some combo of the two, my dad's woolies never, ever suffered from the dreaded m*th.

Addendum--an e-mail inquires whether the soap is to be unwrapped. The answer is "no." An unwrapped soap would shed little flakes of soap power into your woolies--a whitish dust which would be best to avoid. You simply drop the soap bar, still in its original packaging, into the woolies bin and seal the lid.

--TECHknitter

12 Comments:

Blogger Irie said...

That is a truly awesome and useful tip!! Thank you so much.. Now I know what to do with all those "gift soaps" that accumulate in the bathroom drawer.

June 17, 2007 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Little Red said...

I have just discovered your blog, and am wholly and totally in awe!! I've been knitting for almost 20 years (in fairness, I'm only... er... 25 now, so most of those years were spent producing countless garter stitch neckwarmers for semi-grateful relatives), and I... my gosh, I didn't even know I NEEDED to know these things!

I'm reading through your back entries now. I'm about to finish off a toe-down sock and am going to try your kitchener stitch redo, and I look forward to trying your style of "chart-charts" in my next textured project.

Thank you!

June 18, 2007 at 12:03 AM  
Blogger --TECHknitter said...

Dear Little Red--I'm sure your relatives TREASURE those neckwarmers. Although I did not learn to knit until age 24, I learned to crochet at age 8, and also produced countless semi-wearable items, all made out of dimestore yarn without a pattern. (I did not know any other kind of yarn existed, nor did I suspect the existence of such a thing as a pattern). I sympathize 100%.

--TECHknitter

June 18, 2007 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

My mother did the same. Also interleaved her favourite soaps between the sheets and blankets in the linen closet. I use a few drops of lavender essential oil on a tissue in the corner of the drawer or bag, or interleaved in the folds of dark woollies (the oil would stain something light).

June 18, 2007 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous marjorie said...

Thanks for the details. I came across one blogger who suggested Irish Spring, but Zest has a stronger smell to me (and perhaps it does to the moth larvae too). But I didn't know if you had to unwrap it or not.

As for the smell of silk yarn, I was really unaware of that. I only have two different types of silk yarn, the most recent from Tess Designer Yarns, and it has a unique but not unpleasant smell (it doesn't smell like wool). When silk is mixed with wool, there is seldom a smell. Do you know how the manufacturers manage to get rid of it when silk is part of a blend?

primetimeknitter.typepad.com

June 18, 2007 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger --TECHknitter said...

Hi Marjorie: Courtesy of a reader, there is now a link on the silk yarn post (post of 6-18-07) which takes you to a site called "wormspit." That site has lots and lots of information about silk, including info on where the smell comes from, and how silk is processed to remove that smell.

Thanks for your questions--

--TECHknitter

June 18, 2007 at 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

My mother did so too. When she passed away, I found about 40 luxory sopas between her lingery, wills & linens. I'll have soap for the rest of my life... I found cedar wood too among yhe wardrobe.

Greetings from France. Thanks for your great blog.

June 19, 2007 at 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Sorry.... I meant "luxorious","soaps" and "lingerié". It's too late in old Europe....

Chris

June 19, 2007 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger --TECHknitter said...

Hi Chris--I'll tell you for sure that your English is a lot better than my French. Thanks for writing!

--TECHknitter

June 20, 2007 at 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Jutti said...

I find lavendar keeps m*ths away. I buy it in bulk and use lavendar oil to "refresh" it from time to time. I use "knee high" stockings, stuff some in the toe and then knot the stocking. I either buy them when they are on sale and/or save my old runny ones.

August 11, 2007 at 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use my beading awl to make a number of punctures in the (Irish Spring) box to release the scent without contact between the soap and the wool.

January 11, 2008 at 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Jean Andersen said...

Thanks so much for this tip. I have lost lovely sweaters to m*ths, so I hope this will preserve what I have left, plus a beautiful purple cashmere cardigan with black shell I bought just the other day. I've just finished a Colinette jacket (worked in one piece), so hope to have it for years. Now I just have to find on your site the best way to join the jacket sides and underarms

September 13, 2008 at 9:35 AM  

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