They are good friends.
What really stinks about clothes moths is that they tend to munch away vertically, while knitting happens horizontally. I think the moths just tuck themselves into the little V of a knit stitch and start chewing their way up. What looks like three to five nibbled stitches actually requires a fairly large patch.
First, I freeze the sweaters for about two weeks to kill any invisible beasties. When it comes time to patch, I use a duplicate stitch to work in the ends of my patching yarn and try hard to make the patch invisible. For one of the sweaters I even had to use a lightbox to do the work. I couldn't make out the thin spots otherwise.
My friend asked me how much I would charge to mend the sweaters, but I honestly don't know. The first sweater had 14 holes and took over 3 hours. It was in a sport weight nubby lambswool. I also replaced 3 buttons on it. The second sweater was a black fingering weight lambswool. It had six holes and took about an hour.
I asked them to take us out to dinner as a fair exchange. I know there are places in Clayton that will reweave wool for you, and I know it isn't cheap.
You can hardly tell where the mends are for the most part.
Folks, take care of your sweaters.
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