I have some good news! Well, good news for me, which makes it probably run of the mill for most of you. Still, good! I finally got enough sorted out here in our temporary home to get through the fall and winter without falling over boxes, which means I finally cleared time to wind a bagful of skeins into cakes.
You may recall seeing these skeins back in May, when I bought them and took their pictures, after which they went into luggage and sat wistfully near my knitting chair at the condo.
The bad news: sometimes, the skeins I buy from Stoddart Family Farms are not 100% easy to cake from a swift.
They have mohair in them, and they travel a bit in water and then by motor vehicle, and the strands can get a bit sticky, and sometimes actually tangled. That makes me sad because then, instead of letting the ball winder do the work, I have to pay attention and build a ball by hand. That means I don't get to watch so much movie, and also, it takes longer, which means less time actually knitting. You know, first world problems.
The great news:
With the new furniture layout, I can actually lie on the sofa and watch a movie and wind a ball of yarn by hand without getting sore shoulders or even having to look much!
(the keen-eyed among you will notice the consequences of this, wrapped around the underside of the arms of the swift. but not to worry, it unfurled very easily when I got to the end of the skein.)
Sometimes even the jumbliest-looking skeins really do cake easily.
Just when I'd gotten used to the luxury of lying down, too. Wanh!
and now the ugh.
It took me just eight hours to wind all this yarn - super fast for me - and on the second last skein I noticed a lot of little breaks. Not the extremely rare kind that have been mindfully knotted by Silvia, but sort of sad weakened breaks that look like the yarn's been torn.
Perhaps you know where this is going, and perhaps not, in which case let me give you another clue:
they look like they've been chewed.
I must have gotten through eight breaks before I accepted reality and ran around the living room with a box of giant Ziploc bags. I put all my loose yarn and finished socks (good heavens, all those socks) into bags and sealed them. Then I put all the cakes and balls I'd already wound into more Ziploc bags, and put them into the freezer.
Because Moths. Moths!! Moths of entirely unknown provenance, in just one skein among a ton.
Tomorrow I have something pretty to show you but it's not yarn. Yarn in plastic bags is not pretty.
Hope you've had a great day and I'll see you later!