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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 31st Dec 18, 4:30 PM
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    2019 Fashion on the Ration Challenge
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    • 31st Dec 18, 4:30 PM
    2019 Fashion on the Ration Challenge 31st Dec 18 at 4:30 PM
    Welcome to the 2019 Fashion On The Ration Challenge. The 2018 thread was very successful and can be found here. Based on the original 1941 Clothing Rations, several of us are continuing our "Fashion on the Ration" challenge into 2019.

    Even after last year’s challenge, I still have an overflowing wardrobe. Half of my coupons went on yarn, so rather than decreasing my yarn stash it grew considerably. My aim is to shop more thoughtfully. Any money saved will be a bonus. Would you like to join me?

    The original ration was 66 coupons. Items of clothing had the following coupon cost:



    To break it down into Women's clothing only:-


    Lined mackintosh or coat over 28" - 14 coupons
    Under 28" short coat or jacket - 11 coupons
    Frock, gown or dress of wool - 11 coupons
    Frock, gown or dress of other fabric - 7 coupons
    Bodice with girls skirt or gym tunic - 8 coupons
    Pyjamas - 8 coupons
    Divided skirt or skirt – 7 coupons
    Nightdress - 6 coupons
    Dungarees or overalls - 6 coupons
    Blouse, shirt, sports top, cardigan or jumper -5 coupons
    Pair of slippers, boots or shoes – 5 coupons
    Other garments including corsets - 3 coupons
    Petticoat or slip, cami-knickers or combinations - 4 coupons
    Apron or pinafore - 3 coupons
    Scarf, gloves, mittens or muff - 2 coupons
    Stockings per pair - 2 coupons
    Ankle socks per pair – 1 coupon
    1 yard wool cloth 36"wide – 3 coupons
    2 ounces of wool knitting yarn – 1 coupon

    Assumptions for the challenge:-
    • 1 metre of fabric equals 1 yard. No penalty for width.
    • 2 ounces of wool knitting yarn equals 50g of any knitting yarn containing natural fibres. Note: according to a display I once saw atthe Imperial War Museum, there was a different coupon cost for man-made fibre, but I've never found out what so let's assume acrylic is half the coupon cost of wool.
    • Based on the quantity of fabric and work involved, a "corset" is the equivalent of two bras.
    • Ditto one pair of Cami-knickers would equal two pairs of modern bikini-style knickers or thongs.
    • Bodice with skirt = shirt/blouse/t-shirt purchased at the same time as a matching or co-ordinating skirt or trousers = 8 coupons in total.
    • Dungarees = jeans = 6 coupons.
    • Ditto trousers
    • Leggings count as 2 coupons, the same as thermal tights.
    • Second-hand clothing is exempt.
    • Leather handbags aren't mentioned anywhere in the clothing coupon data. The assumption is that they weren't made once the war was in full swing. Ditto leather wallets and purses. I assume a leather handbag involves the same effort and leather as a pair of shoes at 5 coupons. A new wallet/purse can be 2 coupons.
    • Hats aren’t mentioned either, so if you purchase one, let’s assume it is for 2 coupons.

    I’ve already purchased a new suit for 2019, so will start the year deducting that from my total coupons: a double breasted jacket (11 coupons), skirt (7 coupons) and trousers (6 coupons). That’s 24 coupons already spent, leaving me with 42 for the rest of the year.

    - Pip

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    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 10th Jan 19, 3:15 PM
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    Now just to learn how to increase/decrease stitches....
    Originally posted by vintagegal
    Dead easy - promise!

    Do a practice piece so you can experiment, but really, it is dead easy. Start with the decreases, as they're simplest. I promise you, you can do this!

    Decreases: two sorts, one that produces a look of a diagonal with the top leaning to the left, and one a diagonal with the top leaning to the right. Structurally it doesn't matter but sometimes it's nice to have paired decreases looking symmetrical, ie at the back waist of a fitted cardigan.

    Left-leaning: when you reach the two stitches you want to become only one stitch, put the tip of the right-hand (RH) needle into the first stitch as if you're going to purl it. Don't purl it, but just slide it onto the RH needle (it's called "slip purlwise"). Now knit the second of those two stitches as usual. Now you've got both stitches on the RH needle, the first one unknitted and the second one knitted. Use the tip of the LH needle to lift that first one, the slipped-purlwise one, up and over the second one, so you can drop it right off the RH needle, and now your two stitches have become only one, and there's a neat left-leaning diagonal.
    Right-leaning: when you reach the two stitches you want to become only one stitch, put the RH needle in as if to knit, but put it in through the second stitch and the first stitch, together. Then knit the pair as if they are one (sometimes it takes a bit of fiddling and checking to make sure you haven't split the yarn or have put the needle through part of the stitch of the row below, but a bit of practice sorts that out). Now you have only one stitch on your RH needle and a neat diagonal leaning to the right.
    • BabyStepper
    • By BabyStepper 11th Jan 19, 6:22 AM
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    I went shopping yesterday and bought 5 bras and 6 pairs of pants. So 19.5/66 coupons used this year so far. Badly needed, but I can't do this every month or I'll run out of coupons by April.

    I researched a bit about clothes and fabric rationing, that's where I read about curtains, but I've decided not to count them for the purpose of this challenge.

    Well done to everyone with all the creativity on here. It's inspiring.
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    • vintagegal
    • By vintagegal 11th Jan 19, 9:07 AM
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    Dead easy - promise!

    Do a practice piece so you can experiment, but really, it is dead easy. Start with the decreases, as they're simplest. I promise you, you can do this!

    Decreases: two sorts, one that produces a look of a diagonal with the top leaning to the left, and one a diagonal with the top leaning to the right. Structurally it doesn't matter but sometimes it's nice to have paired decreases looking symmetrical, ie at the back waist of a fitted cardigan.

    Left-leaning: when you reach the two stitches you want to become only one stitch, put the tip of the right-hand (RH) needle into the first stitch as if you're going to purl it. Don't purl it, but just slide it onto the RH needle (it's called "slip purlwise"). Now knit the second of those two stitches as usual. Now you've got both stitches on the RH needle, the first one unknitted and the second one knitted. Use the tip of the LH needle to lift that first one, the slipped-purlwise one, up and over the second one, so you can drop it right off the RH needle, and now your two stitches have become only one, and there's a neat left-leaning diagonal.
    Right-leaning: when you reach the two stitches you want to become only one stitch, put the RH needle in as if to knit, but put it in through the second stitch and the first stitch, together. Then knit the pair as if they are one (sometimes it takes a bit of fiddling and checking to make sure you haven't split the yarn or have put the needle through part of the stitch of the row below, but a bit of practice sorts that out). Now you have only one stitch on your RH needle and a neat diagonal leaning to the right.
    Originally posted by Laura_Elsewhere

    Thank you for this! It didn't sound too bad when you explained it. When I've finished the scarves I have I could try a hat, I bought a kit last year that's waiting for me to be brave enough.


    One pair of the trainers wasn't really floating my boat so they are being sent back today. I'm wearing the other ones though


    Reading babysteppers post about how many coupons underwear can quickly add up to has made me glad no one sees mine - I want to save my coupons for shoes and dresses!
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 11th Jan 19, 2:07 PM
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    . Now just to learn how to increase/decrease stitches....
    Originally posted by vintagegal
    Laura's covered decreases, so I'll have a go at increases....

    M1 aka "make 1". This is the least visible of increases, in my opinion. You can do it as a knit stitch or as a purl, but I'll explain it as a knit stitch so that you get the logic. (The purl is essentially the same.) It is worked between two stitches. Knit the first stitch. Now, with your right hand needle, pick up the bar of yarn between the two stitches. Twist it and slip it onto your left hand needle. Knit that "stitch", then continue to knit following the pattern. If you don't twist the bar of yarn you picked up, you will get a hole.

    K1 through front and back This is the second most common increase and is a Ronseal instruction (it does exactly what it says on the tin). Knit the increase stitch as normal through the front but before slipping it off your left needle knit again through the back of the stitch, then slip it off your needle. The knit-through-back stitch that is formed will give a bump like a purl stitch.

    Yarn Over Used in lace knitting. This will create a hole, which is normally compensated for with a decrease somewhere on the initial row. When knitting two stitches, knit the first one then bring your yarn to the front or wrap it round your needle and knit the second stitch. On the next row knit or purl this bar of yarn per the pattern instructions.

    Finally, another decrease for you, similar to Laura's Slip1-Knit1-Pass-Slip-Stitch-Over (the left leaning one). This one is called SSK or Slip-Slip-Knit and is also left leaning. Slip your first stitch knitwise from your left needle to your right; slip the second stitch knitwise from your left needle to your right; then knit both of those stitches together. (Knitwise = as if to knit; purlwise = as if to purl.)

    Incidentally, the left-leaning decrease Laura described is often abbreviated to S1 K1 PSSO, while the right learning one is K2tog.

    HTH.

    - Pip
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    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 11th Jan 19, 2:50 PM
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    I went shopping yesterday and bought 5 bras and 6 pairs of pants. So 19.5/66 coupons used this year so far. Badly needed, but I can't do this every month or I'll run out of coupons by April.
    Originally posted by BabyStepper
    That's okay - you're doing this exactly right! you bought things which were "badly needed", and now you don't need to buy more undies for a while.

    It's not that you never buy any more clothes - but you think about what you buy, and how many, and when and how and whether you really need them, etc.

    Don't fret!

    And after all, buying new undies is much more sensible than buying a new party frock - you can always borrow a party frock for a one-off, less easy to borrow a bra!
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 12th Jan 19, 9:23 AM
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    I went shopping yesterday and bought 5 bras and 6 pairs of pants. So 19.5/66 coupons used this year so far. Badly needed, but I can't do this every month or I'll run out of coupons by April.
    Originally posted by BabyStepper
    Can I echo what Laura said? Don’t fret. You needed the bras and the undies, and they will be worn regularly. If you end up spending 75 coupons - borrowing from next year’s coupons, as I did in December for my new suit - that isn’t an issue. The real purpose of the challenge is to help us to shop thoughtfully, to build wardrobes of clothes that actually work together and are usable for more than one season. For knitters, crocheters and seamstresses, it’s to encourage us to finish our existing projects, to make the necessary corrections on items that have annoying errors (or needed concentration so get put aside and not finished/fixed) and to use up our stashes of fabric and yarn.

    Personally, I probably have enough yarn in my stash to declare SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy). I have one jumper that needs the sleeves sewn on to finish it, another that needs the collar and cuffs finished off and a cardigan that needs snaps and shoulder pads sewn in. A weekend would finish them all; I just need to find momentum (the oldest, the cardigan, has been sitting there for at least 3 years!). Then there are the two garments that need fixing to make them wearable. I’ve already mentioned my Acer cardigan, having one front larger than the other; well I’ve found another, a cotton top that I finished in 2011 and don’t wear because the body is too short. I have at least one ball of the yarn left, so will separate the rib from the body and knit down to lengthen before attempting to graft the body back to the rib. (Worst case, frog the rib and re-knit it.). My goal is to have all the above fixed and finished by the end of February. Anyone want to join me with Fix-And-Finish-February?

    - Pip (still with 42 coupons intact, but I will need to spend 10-12 on knickers.)
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    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 12th Jan 19, 12:18 PM
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    I love the idea of Fix-and-Finish February - maybe followed by Mend-It March?!

    I dread to think how far over my coupons I went last year - I noticed that spiv Mr Sainsbury's girlfriend has a new coat, very plush and fancy - and have you seen those earrings Mrs Asda was wearing? They're rolling in it, those spivs, thanks to my black-market spending once I'd run out of coupons...
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 12th Jan 19, 10:43 PM
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    you always make me smile, Laura!

    I love the idea of Fix-And-Finish February, by the way. I've done quite a bit of knitting but I'm not sure I'd ever have the courage to do what you're describing Pip, do you mean you're knitting in the opposite direction to before? Top to waistband as opposed to knitting from waistband up to shoulders? I'd never considered it as a possibility, does it look the same? Sorry, perhaps this is a question for the Knitting thread.
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    • BabyStepper
    • By BabyStepper 13th Jan 19, 7:16 AM
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    Thanks for the support around my purchases, everyone! Good to know I'm on the right track. I'm appreciating the new undies like I wouldn't have before so definitely paying more attention. Also been looking through my wardrobe to see what's what, and what I might need for the year ahead.

    My heavy winter coat looks good as new, I picked the bobbles off and also fixed the button holes. I have a shorter winter coat, a long lighter one for spring and I might need a light summer jacket so need to start a charity shop search for that. I had a quick look in a couple of charity shops yesterday and the pickings were not good. I forgot it's a long term project, trying to find what you need in charity shops. Once I've figured out what I'm looking for I might start making regular trips to catch all the best stuff when it comes in.

    Then there's the things you can't get second hand. So the undies, and I'm also looking at shoes. My current winter boots are cheap rubbish that will only do this season if I'm lucky and might need resoled. My lighter shoes are useless for walking anywhere, too flimsy, and my trainers are old and have the sole falling off. I don't know where to start with all this so I'm leaving it for now.

    I am in serious need of trousers, I have one decent pair and 2 that are only good for lounging around at home. I saw a pair in the sale, so lovely, heavy cotton with a wide blue ribbon stripe down the side. I'll have to see how the money goes this month.

    I'm also thinking about taking up crotchet again. I used to be really good at it and it would be handy for things like wrist warmers, hats and scarves. Anyone on here know how to crotchet?
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    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 13th Jan 19, 12:25 PM
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    you always make me smile, Laura!

    I love the idea of Fix-And-Finish February, by the way. I've done quite a bit of knitting but I'm not sure I'd ever have the courage to do what you're describing Pip, do you mean you're knitting in the opposite direction to before? Top to waistband as opposed to knitting from waistband up to shoulders? I'd never considered it as a possibility, does it look the same? Sorry, perhaps this is a question for the Knitting thread.
    Originally posted by PollyWollyDoodle
    Glad to bring a grin! A very wartime attitude, keep smiling through...!

    I only ever knit my cardigans top-down, in the round... I cast on at the neck, increase either for a round yoke or squared, put some stitches onto waste yarn for the sleeves, cast on some to replace them and continue down on the body, cast off after the ribbing; pick up the sleeves and knit downwards. Then I wash it, and if it's Shetland or other hairy wool I just cut it straight away, but if it's smoother yarn, I sew a piece of ribbon up either side of the centre-front, and then cut. Fold the edges under and stitch the ribbon over, then crochet the button-bands and there we go.

    Outside of a cardi

    And the inside of the cardi with two colours of velvet ribbon to stabilise the buttonholes
    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 13th Jan 19, 12:29 PM
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    I might need a light summer jacket so need to start a charity shop search for that. I had a quick look in a couple of charity shops yesterday and the pickings were not good. I forgot it's a long term project, trying to find what you need in charity shops. Once I've figured out what I'm looking for I might start making regular trips to catch all the best stuff when it comes in.
    Originally posted by BabyStepper
    You've answered your own question - you need to keep an eye on them... but also, they have limited space so at this time of year they are putting out cosy warm things, so someone will glance in as they shiver outside at the bus-stop and think, "oooh, that jumper looks lovely..."
    Come the milder weather, Easter time or so, they'll be chucking all their lightweight things on display!

    I can crochet, and do, but don't actually know what any of the stitches are called, so I doubt I'd be much use other than just general encouragement!
    • rosie51
    • By rosie51 13th Jan 19, 10:33 PM
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    May i sign up for this challenge please?
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    • vintagegal
    • By vintagegal 13th Jan 19, 11:11 PM
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    Welcome rosie51 !

    I had a knitting disaster yesterday where I cast off my first ever rib knit scarf and it unravelled. My mum came and fixed it for me. I guess you have to cast off a different way if there are plain AND purl stitches
    Well itís all a learning experience!

    Did some ironing from the bottom of the pile today, itís amazing what you find in there.

    If you buy something on eBay from a private seller that is new and unworn, does that still count as secondhand?
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    • BabyStepper
    • By BabyStepper 14th Jan 19, 3:04 AM
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    If you buy something on eBay from a private seller that is new and unworn, does that still count as secondhand?
    Originally posted by vintagegal
    Ooh, good question.

    I have no idea!
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    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 14th Jan 19, 9:38 AM
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    Sorry that I have been awol for ages. I am in the middle of a house move so everything else is consigned to that great dumping ground, 'oblivion'.

    However, I hope to be in my new abode by the end of this month or beginning of next, so will pick up the threads of normal (?) life. Then I will be back to bore you rigid with what it was really like living through the war and after.

    Just to make you all green with envy, the only clothes I bought last year were a couple of items from the CS. I must be awash with coupons and (cups hand over mouth and slides eyes shiftily from side to side) am open to offers.

    Back to packing boxes. Thank goodness books aren't rationed.
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 14th Jan 19, 12:47 PM
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    Welcome rosie51 !

    I had a knitting disaster yesterday where I cast off my first ever rib knit scarf and it unravelled. My mum came and fixed it for me. I guess you have to cast off a different way if there are plain AND purl stitches
    Well it’s all a learning experience!

    Did some ironing from the bottom of the pile today, it’s amazing what you find in there.

    If you buy something on eBay from a private seller that is new and unworn, does that still count as secondhand?
    Originally posted by vintagegal
    Sorry to hear about the cast-off problem. I've never found a difference between casting off purl and knit, so wonder what you were doing wrong. Normally, it's knit or purl 2 stitches, then slip the first stitch over the second. Knit a third stitch and slip the second over the third, etc.

    If they're a private individual, it's secondhand so coupon free. However, if you want to count them in your coupon spend, you're perfectly entitled to do so.

    - Pip
    Last edited by PipneyJane; 14-01-2019 at 3:47 PM.
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 14th Jan 19, 12:59 PM
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    you always make me smile, Laura!

    I love the idea of Fix-And-Finish February, by the way. I've done quite a bit of knitting but I'm not sure I'd ever have the courage to do what you're describing Pip, do you mean you're knitting in the opposite direction to before? Top to waistband as opposed to knitting from waistband up to shoulders? I'd never considered it as a possibility, does it look the same? Sorry, perhaps this is a question for the Knitting thread.
    Originally posted by PollyWollyDoodle
    There will be a slight jag, because the loops downwards are to the side of the ones you'd normally knit. Given that the yarn is a blue ply wrapped around a white one, I'm going to test it first to see if it's visible. The alternative is to knit up from the rib and graft/Kitchener Stitch it. It depends on which is more visible, since even if I pick up and work down, I'll still have to graft on the rib. (Does that make sense?)

    Thanks for the support around my purchases, everyone! Good to know I'm on the right track. I'm appreciating the new undies like I wouldn't have before so definitely paying more attention. Also been looking through my wardrobe to see what's what, and what I might need for the year ahead.

    My heavy winter coat looks good as new, I picked the bobbles off and also fixed the button holes. I have a shorter winter coat, a long lighter one for spring and I might need a light summer jacket so need to start a charity shop search for that. I had a quick look in a couple of charity shops yesterday and the pickings were not good. I forgot it's a long term project, trying to find what you need in charity shops. Once I've figured out what I'm looking for I might start making regular trips to catch all the best stuff when it comes in.

    Then there's the things you can't get second hand. So the undies, and I'm also looking at shoes. My current winter boots are cheap rubbish that will only do this season if I'm lucky and might need resoled. My lighter shoes are useless for walking anywhere, too flimsy, and my trainers are old and have the sole falling off. I don't know where to start with all this so I'm leaving it for now.

    I am in serious need of trousers, I have one decent pair and 2 that are only good for lounging around at home. I saw a pair in the sale, so lovely, heavy cotton with a wide blue ribbon stripe down the side. I'll have to see how the money goes this month.

    I'm also thinking about taking up crotchet again. I used to be really good at it and it would be handy for things like wrist warmers, hats and scarves. Anyone on here know how to crotchet?
    Originally posted by BabyStepper
    I crochet. I've been crocheting since I was 3 or 4. Like Laura, I can never remember what the stitches are called so always look them up before I make something. (Also, there's the British version and the American version of each stitch - they aren't the same names.) I'd suggest that you check out Ravelry for free patterns, links to crochet magazines, etc. There are at least two fashion crochet magazines, Interweave Crochet and Inside Crochet, which may inspire you.

    May i sign up for this challenge please?
    Originally posted by rosie51
    Yes, of course! Welcome Rosie. Pull up a chair beside our virtual fire, break out your knitting/sewing/crochet/mending and join us for a cuppa.

    - Pip
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 14th Jan 19, 1:06 PM
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    Glad to bring a grin! A very wartime attitude, keep smiling through...!

    I only ever knit my cardigans top-down, in the round... I cast on at the neck, increase either for a round yoke or squared, put some stitches onto waste yarn for the sleeves, cast on some to replace them and continue down on the body, cast off after the ribbing; pick up the sleeves and knit downwards. Then I wash it, and if it's Shetland or other hairy wool I just cut it straight away, but if it's smoother yarn, I sew a piece of ribbon up either side of the centre-front, and then cut. Fold the edges under and stitch the ribbon over, then crochet the button-bands and there we go.

    Outside of a cardi

    And the inside of the cardi with two colours of velvet ribbon to stabilise the buttonholes
    Originally posted by Laura_Elsewhere
    Beautiful work, Laura. And a very good description of steeking. I admire your bravery. While I've done classes about it - I took a class from Alice Starmore years ago - I'm not sure I could ever bring myself to cut my knitting - the constant refrain of "what happens if I want to unravel and reuse the wool" runs through my head.

    - Pip
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 14th Jan 19, 3:56 PM
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    Sorry that I have been awol for ages. I am in the middle of a house move so everything else is consigned to that great dumping ground, 'oblivion'.

    However, I hope to be in my new abode by the end of this month or beginning of next, so will pick up the threads of normal (?) life. Then I will be back to bore you rigid with what it was really like living through the war and after.

    Just to make you all green with envy, the only clothes I bought last year were a couple of items from the CS. I must be awash with coupons and (cups hand over mouth and slides eyes shiftily from side to side) am open to offers.

    Back to packing boxes. Thank goodness books aren't rationed.
    Originally posted by monnagran
    Good luck with the move Monnagran. Hope it goes well.

    - Pip (And no, you don't bore us about living through rationing. You inform.)
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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 15th Jan 19, 9:54 AM
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    I spent coupons!
    Shocking ...... LOL

    I went out yesterday with Mum on a very specific mission for a calender, a book and some hiking style warm socks for wearing in my wellies as my others have now worn through on the soles entirely and there's next to no fibres left.

    So 2 pairs found, and 1 proving exceptionally warm so far.
    2 coupons down.

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