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Ages and ages and ages ago, I decided that I wanted an Ikea low-voltage lighting system installed in my sewing room.  It's lovely during the day, but it's pretty murky in there at night.  The last three weeks have seen a LOT of complaints about the light level in there after dark.  Some months ago Bob acquiesced to my offer to empty and move the fabric shelves against the wall with the switch if he would wire them over Memorial Day weekend.

Did I mention the shelves in question contain my *entire* garb fabric stash?

I started working on that tonight.  The wool has all been pulled, and is stacked neatly in the hallway - at least until a cat knocks it over.  I may have moths, which makes me very unhappy.  The problem is the linen - I'm out of space in the hallway, and still have the linen to remove.  I'll figure out a place to stash it tomorrow.  Then I can vacuum and shift the shelves.  And then...



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May. 23rd, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
Light is good.

I haven't seen the stash since before you bought the house. Is it safe to assume that it has grown since Middletown?
May. 23rd, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
It has actually gotten significantly smaller. I've gone one some fairly draconian purges since then, and as a matter of policy I'm sewing from the stash. So it's getting better. Slowly.
May. 23rd, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
So sorry about the moths! We have had them to a greater or lesser degree courtesy of crazy lady downstairs. We have taken to storing all our wool separately, both fabric and yarn as well as finished garb, in ziplock bags. The 2.5 gal size work well for average size pieces (two cloaks for example can fit in one), and they make larger sizes as well. It also serves to keep off dust and cat hair.
May. 23rd, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
Ug. I'm not sure where they've come from. Possibly just in from the cold. All my good yarn is bagged up (mostly just to keep it under control,) but the fabric is on bolts. I'm going to get some moth traps - at the very least it will help me assess the problem, and it may very well effect the cure. I had good luck with that for grain moths, and that was a very large infestation. It took a while, but it worked.

Pulling everything apart like this will help me assess - and perhaps there will be another fabric purge coming. Probably not a bad idea.
May. 24th, 2012 02:43 am (UTC)
I have found that a tennis racket sized and shaped bug zapper from the Ocean State Job Lot is super handy to kill them. It let you extend your reach much further than if you were smacking them between your hands.
May. 24th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
I used to have one of those - I think I got rid of it years ago. I vividly remember a) when Joseph of the Red Griffin discovered (with his index finger) that it clearly works from a capacitor, b) when Balfar discovered how much fun he could have swatting people in the ass with it, and c) that if you swat a junebug with it, it sparks and sizzles. C was a little gross. The rest were pretty damn funny.

Luckily, I don't appear to have *that* many. I'm going to vacuum well, maybe add some cedar (which is just nice even if it's not terribly effective,) and put up the traps. I've got a few really, really nice pieces - I may heat treat those and bag them, just to be safe.
May. 24th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
Perhaps it just says a lot about me but I get huge amounts of satisfaction paddling them little moths 'til they be fried crisp. I haven't yet paddled J or the cats and in the interests of domestic harmony, that's not going to happen if I can help it.
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