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I’m Gonna Knock You Out!

Mama said knock you out! 
 
This is my moth eradication anthem (maybe you remember 90’s L.L.?).  Unnnnh!  Take that you dirty mothy mofos!  We’ve been busy waging the moth wars in our bedroom.  Step one was to take every single item out of our closet, throw it on the bed or any other surface that was available (including the bath tub), and not allow it back into the closet until it had been washed, dry cleaned, frozen, thrown out, or sent to Goodwill.  I would have shared a photo, but it’s kind of creepy how much crap our closet vomited out onto our bed and frankly, I was afraid that if I did someone might call the people from Hoarders and turn me in.  I think I did at least 6 loads of laundry today and I have at least 8 more before it’s all done, not to mention the stuff that’s going to have to go to the dry cleaners and the freezer.  I called the pest people a couple days ago and they told me this was the first step we’d have to take before we called in the big guns.  Trouble is, we didn’t really find the source of the “infestation” as the bug guy kept calling it.  I know that’s just professional jargon, but I don’t like the idea that we might have an “infestation”.  Gross.  I noticed something especially alarming today as I was putting things into the clear plastic bins I got from The Container StoreThere were dead moths already in two of the containers that had been sandwiched together during shipping.  This makes me suspicious that our infestation may have come from the stupid stuff I just bought to get my life organized.  The time frame is pretty right on.  What the crap?  I guess that’s one way to get people to clean up their act.  Send ’em some pests so they have to get their shit together and actually clean once in a while.
 
In knitting chit chat, I am currently re-obsessed with Stefanie Japel’s “Fitted Knits”.  I remember buying this book and loving pretty much everything in it.  And then, in true Knittymuggins pre-process style, I never completed a single project from it.  I got a little dejected after my Textured Tunic fiasco and just moved on, though I still have yarn for at least three of the sweaters in my stash.  I think the next thing I’m going to cast on after Little Momo is finished (I’m 99% there) will be the Two-Tone Ribbed Shrug.  I need a little shoulder warmage with summer dresses and tanks.  I am also monomaniacally into the Crisp Rectangle Tunic Top, even though there is no way my squatty body can pull off a top like this.
 

Hey Monkey!


 
Knittymunchkin continues to charm me every single day.  Friday morning we were playing in his room letting R.Darling sleep in, and we were laying on the floor next to each other just giggling and giggling and I thought, “This is it.  This is what motherhood is all about!”  His newest most awesome trick is to jam his finger as far up his nose as possible, sometimes with excessive snorting, and wait for a reaction.  Of course I try to be stern and tell him to stop, but then he only snorts harder and starts to giggle.  I am powerless against him!  I do believe he has inherited the ham gene from his Mama ;)

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Holy Mothballs, Batman!

WE.HAVE.MOTHS.
 
Oh crapshit.  The whole thing just makes me itchy when I think about it.  I’m scratching right now. Ugh.  I noticed a few silvery-beige moths in the house last summer, but I figured it was just because we leave the backdoor open sometimes when it gets hot and, well, bugs get in.  Bugs don’t normally bother me that much.  I escort them outside, or to buggy heaven, whichever suits the situation.  So swatting at a few moths in the bedroom seemed par for the course.  Then I noticed a small hole in one of my handknit socks.  Ah well, I thought, it’s probably just because I dropped a stitch or it snagged on something last time I wore them.  It wasn’t like I was totally attached to this pair or anything.  Fast forward to about a month or two ago and I’m suddenly seeing moths flitting around in our bedroom again.  Whilst trying to get my life more organized, I pick up this same pair of socks from under my dresser.  And what do I see?  This…..
 

When Moths Attack!!


 
Holy Schnikes!  We are in deep shizzle here my friends.  So I bought a bunch of cedar blocks and clear storage containers from The Container Store.  I’ve started freezing the yarn that was in our bedroom in ziplocs, and then it will go into a tub with cedar blocks.  But from what I’ve read, that might not even solve the problem :(  You supposedly need a sub-zero freezer or you might not kill the damn things.  I decided they can have an extended stay in frigidaire siberia anyway, it can’t possibly hurt.  Most of the problem seems to be concentrated in our bedroom right now and I don’t really have that many woolens or yarn stored in there.  Luckily, I haven’t seen any moths upstairs yet (where most of my lovely stash lives), though I have seen 1 or 2 in the living room, which has a vaulted ceiling that basically goes all the way upstairs.  But the stuff upstairs is all in sealed storage tubs so I will just pop in a cedar block or two and cross my fingers.  I also read online that moths tend to favor things that have been worn vs. brand new stuff, so I’m hoping that will help keep my lovelies safe too.
 
Anyone ever been through anything like this?  Advice?  I saw some totally grody pics online of a major infestation in someone’s home where they pulled back the carpet and there were billions of eggs under there!  Nasty.  I’m having nightmares about it.
 
In other (good) news, Little Mister is doing really well now that we are about 2.5 weeks out from his surgery.  Thank you so very much to all of you for the kind wishes and good thoughts!  They mean so very much to us :)  I’ve also finished a few new projects and am working steadily to finish up a couple more.  Hope to share those with you soon :)
 
Meanwhile, keep your fingers crossed I can obliterate the flying horde!

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Today Is Done, Wish Tomorrow Was Too

Today I got myself all registered for Sock Summit 2011.  I was at my computer at 11:45 AM, had my class list and credit card ready, and was online when registration went live.  It all went down in a matter of 10 minutes, and when the dust settled, this is what I e-mailed Troy:  “Sh*t dude.  I had like 5 classes (pretty much everything I wanted) in my “cart” and I decided maybe that was one too many and went back to modify it.  During that 2 minutes or whatever that it took to refresh everything, pretty much everything I wanted filled up :( ”  I shouldn’t be upset, Troy fared far worse than me and wasn’t even able to do it from the comfort of his home, much less a real computer.  Next time I’ll think twice, and think twice again, about how many classes I want to take.  But anyway, this is what I ended up getting:
 

  • Friday July 29, 2011 – 11AM – 12PM:  Chroma Zone with Tina Newton
  • Friday July 29, 2011 – 1:30PM – 4:30 PM:  Judy’s Magic Heels with Judy Becker
  • Saturday July 30, 2011 – 1:30PM – 2:30PM:  The Perfect Rib with Cookie A.

 
I’m waitlisted on the 2 classes I really wanted (and originally had in my cart – boo!): Oddball Stitches with Cookie A. & Photographing Your Fiber with Franklin Habit.  I was also tempted to take Sock Design Workshop: Know The Rules, Then Break Them but I’m afraid I’d be a little in over my head.  There’s nothing wrong with striving a little, but I don’t know if I’m quite ready yet.  Troy and I are also planning on going to the Opening Night Reception and the Sock Hop and we’ll be meeting Jess (hey roomie!) when we arrive.  This will be so much fun! Maybe I’ll see you there?
 

My Little Man


 
And now, something a little more serious.  My sweet little boy has to have surgery tomorrow and I am scared out of my wits (haven’t slept well in over a month).  It’s an outpatient procedure, but he will be under anesthesia which freaks the crap out of me.  He has already been through so much and it breaks my heart to have to subject him to yet one more thing.  It’s even more difficult because we can’t tell him what’s going on in a way that he will understand.  So please, if you have a moment tomorrow, send a good thought his way.  I wouldn’t normally ask, but it’s not for me, it’s for someone I love more than I can even describe.  Thank you!
 
Update May 6, 2011: Thanks so much everyone for your kind wishes! Knittymunchkin did really well with his surgery and was a little trouper all the way up until the moment they put him under. Today has been rough (I got barfed on twice – I think that means I am officially a Mama now!) but he seemed to be feeling better this afternoon. He had a fever by bedtime, but I’m hoping the acetominophen will kick in and take that down soon. I appreciate so very much all your kind thoughts and I will be sure to keep you posted!