Repairing

A couple of weekends ago I spent my time alone productively.  My husband was out-of-town, and I finally tackled long overdue baskets of clothing repairs.  The prior weekend, we had done a lot of work around the house, which involved me finally getting some shelves up in my knitting/sewing room.

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This prompted a large cleanup and moving around of items, during which I unearthed my overload of items waiting to be repaired and sewn.  Since my sewing machine was now easily accessible, and I had room to spread out again, I decided to start the repairs.

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Friday was knitting, working on mittens and finishing up a couple of projects.  Saturday morning began with a few friends over for brunch and knitting and conversation.  I was on a roll, and pulled out my sewing and mending repairs.  First I started with the items that needed just sewing.  I love my sewing machine, a Universal.  My mother took me to purchase this to take with me to college, it was a used machine, and I have loved it ever since.  It is simple by today’s standards, but is a workhorse, and made solid.  It was fun to sew again, I have missed it.

Next came the mending by hand, and for that I pulled up Netflix and vowed to just repair, repair, repair.  I was surprised by how many items I had, many of which I had forgotten about.

  • Summer bathrobe
  • 3 hand knit sweaters
  • 2 hand knit shawls
  • underwear
  • undershirt
  • bra
  • 4 pair of hand knit socks
  • 3 pair of store-bought socks
  • 2 hand knit hats (one was really beyond repair, but I tried stitching it up anyways- was knit with handspun yarn)
  • a dress
  • a pair of slacks
  • a tie
  • 5 store-bought women’s sweaters
  • 3 store-bought men’s sweaters

I had one hand knit tank top that I decided was beyond repair.  And, I never really wore it.  I am not sure what I was thinking when I bought this yarn, the color is atrocious, and the yarn is not anything to write about.  A couple of shows, and a movie, and I had salvaged much of the yarn.

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I put it together on a knitty-knoddy and then soaked it.  I will save this to strand together with some brightly colored yarn for mittens int he future.

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I am proud of myself for mending when I can, we have become such a throw-away society.  Plus, there is still a lot of wear in many of these items, and the hand knits represent a lot of personal time.  I vow not to let the mending get this out of hand again!