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family mending socks

an ordinary life

I am approaching the second toe of a long overdue pair of birthday socks.  I have been distracted by freewheeling machine embroidery, encouraging remarks (thank you everyone) and the market economy.

With all of this in mind, last week, when Fred showed me the most recent hole in his Isle of Wight socks (year 6 school trip) I casually suggested that because of time constraints we may have to purchase some socks from a Shop. You know the sort that are readily available in packs of 3, 5 or 7 striped or plain, cotton blend… Ordinary.

We did it, together we chose a pack of 5 stripy, cotton blend socks. Success I thought. But the socks have been rejected, they are too thin, too tight or too something.  The Something cannot be clearly defined but it is not a good something, ‘they are just not normal’

So a deal has been done; in return for a good boxed set, a bottle of Rioja and a clear floor….

gdf letter!

I will get out the hereditary darning mushroom and more sock yarn will be chosen.

 

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fabric mending pinterest wool blankets

sides to middle

I have lost hours, probably whole days, looking at images of mending past and present on Pinterest. From Japanese Boro, too good to waste and visable mending to things repaired so many times they have been remade completely.

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I found ths woollen blanket under a pile of sheets in Oxfam the other day.

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I took my find home and spread it out.

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And saw for the first time the carefully mended patches.

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This blanket may stay whole.  Or maybe a pair of cushions sharing my work with someone elses.

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Such careful invisible mending deserves to be noticed.