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Fashion Fix: Moth-eaten

Regular readers will be well versed with the love/hate relationship I have with moths. They love sinking their parasitic jowls into my most treasured jumpers.
I hate them with the kind of vitriol traditionally associated with the clinically insane. My discovery last autumn of a graveyard of loft-stored knitwear, ragged from the moth-equivalent of a Tudor banquet, left both me and my cashmere in tatters. In the ensuing days the mere mention of moths brought on palpitations and a cold sweat.

Much to my chagrin I threw my already tenuous eco-credentials to the wall and invested in an upright freezer. Countless knitwear specialists informed me that as a storage device there was no better way of keeping my winter warmers safe than to keep them on ice. Screw the carbon footprint. Freezer delivered, I could once more sleep easy at night. Or so I thought.

Last weekend I performed the seasonal ritual of packing up my summer wardrobe and bringing down winter clothes from the loft. Imagine my horror when upon opening one bag, I discovered my all-time favourite piece of cashmere ripped to shreds. How could it have gone unnoticed when I filled up the freezer?

After an immediate wave of nausea, my head began to spin and my peripheral vision darkened. “Pull yourself together man,” I kept telling myself, but it was no use – I was gutted. In my hands lay the remnants of a once-proud Holland & Holland fine-gauge cashmere cardie. I’d treasured it for years, only bringing it out when I needed that special hug a favourite jumper lends. Now it looked more like John Rambo’s war-torn vest.

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