I didn’t know moths ate silk

I should have known, I really should have, since silk is a protein fiber. It just didn’t occur to me that moths might eat silk. A while back we had a small infestation of moths. I think they were mostly confined to my poorly stored WIPs. I have found damage on a baby surprise jacket, a cardigan for me and socks for TH. I recently finished a silk scarf and when I got to the end, I looked at the whole thing and then saw the holes.

moth holes

I immediately used safety pins to stop the holes from growing and to decide what to do.

holes stopped with pins

I didn’t have much yarn left. I first considered mending the spots, but I wasn’t really sure how to do this without being obvious. The was about 5″ in the middle that needed serious help.

5 inches with problems

I decided to split the scarf, putting a needle on on either side of the bad regions. This shows the needle in and beginning to pick up the stitches.

separation beginning

After the scarf was in two pieces, it was easy to rip back to the first needle.

separation in process

I then had two sections and varying lengths of yarn.

fully separatedUsing the longest sections of yarn I had, I reknit that middle section.

ready to beginThen I watched two videos on garter stitch kitchener so I could join the two sections. The pattern for garter kitchener is knit-knit-purl-purl, so it is a bit different than regular kitchener. The first time went pretty well, but after I was done, I realized I should have remove one more row; I had connected a front with the back and the pattern was wrong. The incorrect row is to the left of the needle.

mend completed incorrectlyI almost left it alone. I wove in all the other ends and decided I needed to fix it. Out it came again.

ready to begin kitchenerKitchener stitch in process. When holding wrong sides together, you should see purl bumps on both sides facing you.

kitchener in process

Finally, back together, correctly.

mend completed

Next up: blocking.

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Works in Progress

I thought I should respond to Sari’s post and list my works in progress. This will not include planned projects that haven’t been started, but only things that are underway. Listing the planned projects would take longer….

1) Purse for DJ. All the bits are now felted, but it needs to be assembled.

2) Socks for TH. They are toe up and I am just starting up the ankle on the first sock.

3) Fingerless gloves for TH. So far I haven’t followed a glove/mitten pattern. I am going to try to modify these, but may just use the instructions from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns. I have the wrist done on the first glove.

4) Winter hat for me. I could consider about done but I do not like it. I made a cabled band last winter and ran across it again last month. I am making up how to turn it into a hat, but I am not happy with it, so I will rip out everything I did this fall and try again.

5) Spinning for a vest for TH. It is going slowly. I have two bobbins of singles I need to ply. I do not have nearly enough carded yet to spin. I need to card a lot more fiber and then spin a lot more before I can get to the knitting.

My knitting to do list also includes looking at and writing book reviews for about eight books I have out right now. I also need to blog about the socks I finished recently, the orange sweater, and something I made just before we started the blog last winter and promised JQ I would blog about. I could also go back and write about the two baby blankets and the scarves that aren’t just garter stitch. Let’s see how much I can do in the next few days. Maybe I can even post every day in November, like Janna is going to do.