I like the analogy of spring/ summer knitting, to farmers market and putting food up, getting ready for winter
spring brings to mind; sheep and wool festivals, farmers markets, open air theaters, wine festivals, concerts,……and sitting outside on a Saturday morning drinking coffee and knitting with friends, kind of like stoop sitting for knitters
I think that spring/summer knitting is all about learning new techniques on small, portable and light projects..Techniques that you will use all winter, like the warm feeling of going into winter with shelves stocked and a freezer full of all the goodies you preserved from your local farmers market haul…
All those technique projects (read Christmas presents) that you will learn or relearn this summer will be ready for you when the cold arrives , and you have some new yarn or favorite old stash and a thought…..just a thought about how that new technique will make your finished product look better, fit better, and be finished more professionally …
putting our winter woolens away is all about respect
Before you start the process of cleaning, check your woolens for any wear and tear….these should be mended before you wash, There are many ways to mend woolens on’ you tube’…
Sounds like a class to me, any interest? let me know and we can set up a quickie afternoon….sort of a knitters idea of “afternoon delight”….good music, good wine, good conversation, and a pile of favorite woolens to be rescued/respected….If you suspect that the Item to be repaired has been chewed by your friendly pesky bug…please freeze the woolen for several days,shake it out, and freeze again for a few days before you bring it out into public..we don’t want to share…..
from everything I have read the best way to deal with your woolens is to wash them by hand with a wool wash and to put some lavender oil in the rinse.
I like to wash my woolens with some shampoo and then put lavender in the rinse water, If I am washing a hat or scarf or some snugly bit then I like to rinse with hair conditioner and put the lavender in the final rinse…I use a shampoo and conditioner that is organic and has no chemicals in it,If your shampoo is not chemical free than I suggest that you use a wool wash…
cleaning your woolens can take time and space but it is ever so rewarding when you have them all put neatly away safely and ready to wear next winter
Protecting and storing your wool
after your woolens are dry place in a sealable plastic bag with a sachet of lavender,blended with all or some of the following… cloves, cinnamon, vetiver, mint.and cedar.
A sealed bag means that the moth or ‘other’ cannot get to it and the herb sachet will make the woolen unpalatable . there is also the cedar chest,.. remember them…..Cedar needs to be refreshed, either by a light sanding and sponging with water to bring the oil back to the surface, or rubbed with cedar oil…this is not as full proof as some would hope…usually the chest is sealed so that is why the moths cannot get in to munch…If you are using a cedar chest for your woolens and you are not sure of its protective qualities wrap the woolens in clean cotton, perhaps an old pillow case, that had been sprayed with a lavender water mixture and let dry,
remember the idea is to keep the the little sob away from your woolens in the first place and then to make the woolen snack taste very very bad
of course everything else I read said that your house should be clean because moths and ‘others’ like to live in dark,dusty, corners……someday……