Yarn. Moth. Bad.

October 19, 2009

This is disgusting.

My yarn stash. Infested. Moths, little larval wormy white things. Barf city.

Serves me right, I guess, for overstashing — even in Le Petit Maison. Just desserts, I suppose, for storing my piles of chunky Manos del Uruguay wool and the last of the Rowan Tweed Mouse lot saved for my mister’s Mister Rogers cardi and the bunny-soft worsted alpaca hand-spun and hand-dyed from the hair of this. very. beasty:

out in the open, where the burrowing parasites could spin their vile tents and lay their maggoty eggs. (This is disgusting.)

The point: I want to be Small; I want to keep my yarn, not toss and replace because of some bugs. But can I?

Any advice from the other knitters out there? Can I keep? Must I chuck?

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Say farewell to feline furballs! Professional cat groomer-turned-handbag entrepreneur Danelle German of Simpsonville, South Carolina, has harnessed the power of the Persian to create a line of bespoke knitted and felted satchels — made of leftover cat hair. Watch:

German, who calls her company Catty Shack Creations and who named the schmancy yarn “chatangora,” has made a tidy profit (and a clowder of cat-lady friends) by turning grooming chaff into something both useful and commemorative. Strikes me as Small, sure. But also a bit … eccentric. Though yarn drawn from my sweetie Domino could be so lush:

Or just loony. Your take?

Via TreeHugger.

Seamsters, unite! Then, take a trip to Stitches, Capitol Hill’s sweet sewing and crafting spot, flush with awesome fabrics (Amy Butler? Sure! Stretch vinyl? Why not!), a stash of phat yarn, and all the notions you could need. Add friendly and knowledgeable staff, and you’ve got yerself a killer craft central.

Stitches, founded by owner Amy Ellsworth, a longtime Cap Hiller who wanted more than just Jo-Ann, also offers a project workspace, tricked out with high-end, if on-loan, sewing machines and cutting tables for those who don’t have enough room at home to live out their craftacular fantasies. The store also welcomes stich ‘n’ bitch groups to host gatherings in its comfy-couch space, provided there isn’t already a class or other craft group using the area. Staff on-hand are happy to offer help and advice if a pattern confounds or a stitch goes funky.

But wait — there’s more: Stitches offers crafty classes that let you learn both the basics and the tuff stuff, all in a nurturing, kind of rockin’ environment, and all for less than $50. Located at 711 East Pike; open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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