I’ve been getting ready to put away my sweaters for the winter and did a little research to find out the best way to do so. I found some good advice, and even some conflicting advice! Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
- Launder all garments before storage to ensure they’re clean.
- Do not store them in air tight plastic, as the fibers cannot breathe that way. This also helps avoid any moisture/mold damage in case a small bit of moisture remains in the garments or the container.
- Use some kind of deterrent to mask the smell of the wool. Alternatives to moth balls (yuk!) are Off! Moth Proofer, cedar, and herb sachets. If you use cedar, make sure you maintain it by using sandpaper to renew it or by rubbing it down with cedar oil every year or two.
- Moths like to lay eggs in dark places. One site recommended clear plastic bags to allow light in. Another recommended cotton bags with a drawstring or zipper to allow the wool to breathe
I’m not sure where in my house I’m going to put them. Ideally, the basement or the attic. It seems like the attic would be a better choice as it’s dryer and does get some natural light. But it is awfully hot.
What do you all do to store you handknitted garments in the warmer months? Does anyone have any good tips?