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May 07, 2006



My partner thinks it's weird that you keep shawls in your freezer, too. But that might be partly because he can't understand why you would put all that work into them and then no-one can see them or wear them.

As for freezerburn, I think this is a dehydration thing that happens with meat and whatnot. Yarn doesn't have that much moisture in it to begin with so I don't think it is likely to be a problem. And I'm with you. Freezing is way better than toxic, smelly mothballs.


You might consider sealing the shawls in a jar like the orenburg shawl knitters do. that has the added bonus of allowing them to be out and on display on a shelf. I don't think storing them in the freezer would damage fibers per se, but it might dry them out a bit eventually. Either way, your knitting is beautiful!


Why not cedar, or a lavender sachet, instead of mothballs? They have the distinct advantages of being both natural and much nicer smelling.

Lee Ann

Those shawls should be gracing someone's shoulders, dude. They're too damned beautiful to be hiding in amongst the frozen peas and whatever that thing is in the back in three layers of aluminum foil that you can't remember why you wrapped that way and are not so sure you want to unwrap to find out...

Ahem. Just my humble opinion, of course.

Spindle-spinning rocks. Yours, especially.


No mothballs!! They are toxic, nasty, smelly and they don't work. Packaging your finished objects or fiber in cellulose based bags (paper or fabric - old pillowcases work great) and then store the packages in a sealed rubbermaid type container. Moths don't eat cellulose and the container keeps out other nasties. Also paper or fabric breathes, preventing mildewing of individual pieces/stash from moisture held in the fiber; wool holds an amazing quantity of moisture and still feels dry.


No suggestion on storage. But I am starting to have fears of moths! LOL

Your "Violets by the River" is just gorgeous. I'm excited to get started and little worried that it won't turn out at all. I'd better get cracking now that I am metioned. Oh wait, the yarn hasn't arrived yet. Grrrrrrr!


I don't think you need to worry about "freezer burn".

My shawls live folded on a shelf in my closet. I wear
them, and they are otherwise taken out, aired, and
refolded from time to time. That said, none of them
is of the fineness of yours. If they were, I'd probably
keep them in the freezer, too.


Thank-you for posting instructions to attach the edging to the Rosebud shawl. I am printing them out and putting them with my pattern. I'm half-way through the border and approaching the edging with some trepidation. Your instructions will save me a lot of time and tears. Your shawl is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.


Wow, you sure do have some frozen beauties!!


Aaahhhh! You said the "M" word! No, not meat. I don't eat much of it but don't object to those who choose to. But moths! Moths!

I fear them more than the rats I had in the walls (and in my studio, briefly, before their abrupt demise) a few weeks ago.

**running about madly, waving my arms**

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