Saturday, November 03, 2012

The Pile of Denial


As part of my job, I manage and maintain a large paint studio. Almost every scenic artist who walks through my paint shop remarks on how well organized it is.  I take great pride in my workspace.

I keep a clean studio, but when I get home I just tend to sit on my butt and ignore my own messes.  I'm a lazy slob at heart.  A lazy slob who gets stressed out when things are in disarray.  Poor Robb.

I've read some of the hugely successful online sites for home organization, but they tend not to be a good fit for me.  Either they feature gigantic stark minimalist homes with virtually no contents, or they go on about expressing love for God and one's family by being a perfect housewife.  Uh, yeah.

Recently, I've been noticing moths in our house.  This is a huge, huge problem for knitters or spinners.  Moths are the enemy.  Ignoring them is not an option.  I have come to believe that moths do not in fact prefer dirty or stained wool. They'll chow down on (and reproduce on) brand-new immaculate fiber.  They also seem to prefer alpaca to wool, which surprised me. 

Initially, Robb and I went the earthy-crunchy route and set out pheromone-scented moth traps.  The moths scoffed, as they dined on my sweaters.  In desperation, we bought mothballs and a fleet of tight-sealing plastic tubs.   I did a fairly thorough job of stowing away my yarn and fiber.

Today, I tried to finish the task.  I think I managed to protect all of my yarn and spinning fibers.  I'm not quite sure what to do about my sweaters and our beautiful wool rugs.  And I can't even think about my collection of vintage frocks. 

I'll tell you one thing.  When I told the members of my hand-spinning guild that I was dealing with moths, I felt like a I was telling a swingers' club all about my sexually transmitted diseases.  It's something we all fear, and tell ourselves that only Dirty Other People get.  Seriously, one person came up to me, and said in a hushed voice that she was glad that I had admitted to having moths, because that she had dealt with the same thing herself.  Maybe we should start a support group.


Ashley said...

I would probably have a full out panic attack if we had a moth problem. Bats? Mice? Frogs? Bring 'em on. Moths?! Shudder. Hooray for irrational phobias.

Good luck dealing with the creepy suckers!

Anonymous said...

When I was in Wyoming for 4 months going thru my sisters stuff after her divorce (she married into a large sheep ranching/wool business family) the house she was in had wool wall to wall carpet. it was insane. the only cure for all the moths that were everywhere was to rip it all out and chuck it away. Moths had destroyed some formerly beautiful native american moccasins and other items in that house. The only thing I could figure out storage wise for other items was to store them into large plastic containers and fill it to the brim with mothballs. there were 50 years worth of living and dead moths in that huge house. Where there was wool, it was inevitable there would be moths.


CinnamonOpus said...

"I'm a lazy slob at heart. A lazy slob who gets stressed out when things are in disarray."

It's like that sentence was pulled right out of my head. We have the odd moth, but my yarns are all crap so if they ingest cheap acrylic or cheap cotton, it's at their own peril.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Thankfully, it's not a particularly serious infestation.

Anonymous said...

I've had very good luck with moth traps...I think the brand I've used is Safer? They are available at most farm-supply stores. A couple years ago we had a terrible moth problem (I cannot eat rice without grimmacing) but traps seem to have done the trick! Good luck!

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

I understand that those kinds of traps work on pantry moths, not clothes moths, and that seems to be what we experienced.

Stefaneener said...

Ugh.Moths are SCARY.

We have rats. Rats. All over. I'm trapping but I'm going to hire Rat Guys soon. I'm cleaning the basement so I won't be embarrassed to hire them.

It's not just you.

Stefaneener said...

Oh, and on Rav someone suggested the blog Unf**kyourhabitat. Might work.


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