One day when we were returning from a walk, hubby went on ahead while I made a detour to take some photos of wild flowers. (I have been a regular participant in #wildflowerhour on Twitter for a couple of years.)
I found that the sandstone paving outside the church was very slippery. (It has since been cleaned.) I managed to cross it without mishap and found more flowers. Then I found several pavement plants, so I kept stopping and crouching down, putting my phone in my pocket and getting it out again. It had become warmer (or I had with all that exercise) so my gloves were also in a pocket.
I turned a busy corner and was in the next street to home, when I checked my pockets and found I only had one glove. I was tired. I couldn’t remember when I had last had two gloves. Instead of turning back and retracing my steps I went home.
Hubby had bought the leather gloves for me and they were identical to another pair. I looked in a drawer and found that I had one good glove and one which was falling apart. Fortunately the good glove was for the same hand as the lost glove.
I kept quiet about the lost glove until the next day.
When he asked, ‘Where are we going for our walk today?’ I replied, ‘The reverse of yesterday’s walk, because I lost a glove.’
I found my glove on top of a wall not far round the busy corner. We didn’t need to visit the church grounds.
Meanwhile I had realised that I could repair the glove, which was falling apart. I used some adhesive hemming tape as the leather had pulled away from the stitching and there was nothing left to sew. I also used a small piece of fabric on the inside of the double-sided tape. The fabric was some I had kept after I had shortened a skirt. It was a fiddly job. I took photos as I went along and discovered how difficult it is to take snaps of one’s own hand.
Glove and repair kit
It is another example of ‘make do and mend’ rather than throw something out. I have sorted my gloves out into an everyday pair and a better pair.
A friend passed some yarn on to me for the purpose of knitting hats for Boxes of Hope. One ball was soft and fluffy. After two false starts (fortunately it was easy to unravel) I made a hat by a different method.
Hat before stitching seam
With 6.5mm needles cast on 12 sts. and knit until the yarn runs out. Pull back one row and cast off. (If there is plenty of yarn knit to the circumference of child’s head.)
With smooth yarn and 4mm needles pick up stitches along one side. I picked up 69sts. K. 1 row. P. 1 row.
Next row (K. 21 K 2 tog.) 3 times. (66 sts.)
Next row (K. 9 K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (60 sts.)
Next row (P. 2 tog. P. 8) 6 times. (54 sts.)
Next row (K. 7 K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (48 sts.)
Next row (P. 2 tog. P. 6) 6 times. (42 sts.)
Next row (K. 5. K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (36 sts.)
Next row (P. 2 tog. P. 4) 6 times. (30 sts.)
Next row (K. 3 K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (24 sts.)
Next row (P. 2 tog. P. 2) 6 times. (18 sts.)
Next row (K. 1 K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (12 sts.)
Next row P. 2 tog. 6 times. (6 sts.)
Fasten off. Join seam by over-sewing using the smooth yarn.
A peg bag
On a rainy morning I did some tidying and suddenly noticed that our peg bag, which I made a long time ago, was badly frayed around the opening. I decided to make a new one from fabric in my stash.
The previous one was too long, so I made a shorter one. When I made the earlier one, I used three pieces of the main fabric – one for the back and two for the front. This made it easy to bind the opening with a contrasting fabric.
This time I used a single piece of fabric for the whole bag. There is a fold at one side. I sewed the top bottom and side seams before carefully cutting a straight opening. Sewing the binding fabric on was a bit tricky!
I hand-finished the binding and strengthened the small hole in the top seam, through which the coat-hanger passes.
Having made this on the spur of the moment, I didn’t stop to plan properly. An easier way of making this would have been to cut the opening before joining the seams. Then I could have bound the edges on a flat piece of material. Hindsight is a wonderful thing!