The first one I spied fluttered out of one of my felted baskets. On closer inspection I saw that the little rotter and his minions had actually chewed a hole in the bottom! Horrors of horrors! All my good yarns and projects have always been kept in bags for this very reason. See, I wasn't being paranoid!
So now, as a chemical free responsible love, peace and granola type I needed to find a repellent of some sort. Google provided me with a list of things that moths dislike. So I chose, cedar (of course), patchouli and lemon grass. I made a spray with 1/2 cup alcohol, 1 1/2 cups distilled water, 15 drops cedar, 15 drops patchouli and 10 drops lemon grass. Let is sit for 24 hours and I had my wonderful smelling moth repellent!
Today as I was weaving in ends I realized that my trimming jar was unprotected. For reasons I don't even understand, I have a mason jar that I put all the yarn ends in. It started as a project to put out for the birds to make their nests with. Now it's a sort of archaeological testament of my knitting projects....I like it. So anyhow, I dropped cedar oil, patchouli and lemon grass in with the yarn ends. Now I have a very odd looking potpourri! One only a knitter could appreciate....maybe not....but I like it! Of course, it is also moth free!