|Mending a much-loved cardigan|
In my rock ‘n’ roll daily life, I have been attempting to rescue one of my favourite cardigans.
It’s a vivid greeny blue colour, which somehow manages to go with most things I wear, complete with fetching sparkly buttons.
Thankfully the holes are due to wearing it so much, rather than dastardly moths.
I would hate to throw it away, so I finally got round to darning the holes.It’s hardly the most elegant mending, but fingers crossed I can continue wearing my cardigan without it being immediately obvious.
After venturing out in the rain, I also discovered one of my best-beloved boots was leaking. Unfortunately the front of the sole had decided to part company from the rest of the boot.
I only acquired my current pair of boots last year, after a lengthy quest to find black leather knee high boots that would actually fit round my calves. I was not about to embark on a similar quest, so I headed off to the shoemenders. He was able to rescue both boots with new soles and heels. Now I can stride out on the school run in the rain confident my socks will remain dry. The repairs were not cheap, but cost distinctly less than a new pair of boots.
I find it hard to disentangle whether my desire to mend these items is from a sense of thrift, a desire to cut consumption by reusing what I already have, or down to sheer laziness and the reluctance to go shopping for replacements.
Anyone else keen on extending the life of their favourite items of clothing?