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.