I am of two minds when it comes to this cold weather we are having. I have absolutely no tolerance for the cold. In fact, there was a time in the not too distant past in which that I carried a hot water bottle with me wherever I went to avoid my tatas getting cold. (Cold tatas are the worst! Amiright?!?) A recent trip to REI during which I outspent the GDP of some emerging nations on outerwear has ameliorated the need for the need for heated accessories but only just. (Since I know that my fellow cold sufferers will want to know I bought this vest and this coat. Both were on sale, and I’m an REI member, so they weren’t as expensive as they seem. Also, the vest was perhaps the greatest purchase of my life. I have worn it every. single. day. since I bought it. I’m wearing it right now as I type this post. If you see me between now and May, I will have it on. It’s heaven.)
On the other hand, Susie the Shepherd is thrilled to pieces to have the temperatures dip below freezing for days on end because all that cold will help ameliorate the parasites our flock of sheep and goats have to deal with come spring time. So, you see, there is a silver lining to all this hateful, wretched weather.
But wait, there’s more! If you live in one of the areas that is experiencing bitter cold temperatures right now, you may be able harness that cold to make sure your stash of woolens is moth-free going into 2014. You’ll just need a safe, covered area to place a bin of your finest wool garments and or yarn stash, a plastic bin to put it in and a cold-front that keeps mercury below -4 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s -20 degrees Celsius) for one full week. According to Lisa Stockebrand, JMF’s resident textile archivist and moth-proofer, it’s better to put your wool in several smaller bins or bags so that they will cool faster. Once you’ve removed everything you are moth-proofing to nature’s freezer, “take everything else out of the closet/shelves/area and clean it. Vacuum the crap out of it – paying special attention to floor baseboards, corners and other cracks where dust accumulates then seal and throw away the vacuum bag.” That way, any eggs containing moths-in-waiting will be removed before they can hatch and lunch on your yarn and/or sweaters.
Those of you who are lucky enough to live where the temperature doesn’t often get below zero should thank your lucky stars and check out Lisa’s original post for more helpful tips.