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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 26th Nov 14, 11:48 AM
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    Preparing for Winter V
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    • 26th Nov 14, 11:48 AM
    Preparing for Winter V 26th Nov 14 at 11:48 AM

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    Hi everyone,

    As the last 'preparing for winter' thread has now grown quite long, I think it's time for a new one, and what better time of year to begin to prepare than the end of November

    So here goes....a shiny new thread. Please post below all your preparations for winter. If you want to read through the tips on the older threads you can find them here:

    Preparing for Winter

    Preparing for winter II

    Preparing for winter III

    Preparing for winter IV

    Other links that may help:

    the ice man cometh! (merged with keeping warm)

    Things that worked or didn't work last winter

    Frugal but happy in winter?

    Winter checklist

    Lets hope it's a good one for all of us.

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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 13th Aug 18, 9:21 AM
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    The other good thing to have for emergency power cuts is a wind up lamp - the sort that are availble in Millets and camping shops. They are pretty much self sufficient I.e. no need for batteries which run out so effectively last a lifetime. We have a couple which have proved invaluable in a power cut and lways keep one handy for emergencies. You can probably buy them on Amazon if yiu cant get out to shops which supply them.

    We have lots of torches littered around the house but where,s one with a decent battery when you need it ?
    Last edited by Primrose; 13-08-2018 at 10:06 AM.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 13th Aug 18, 10:15 AM
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    Good on you, Mar.
    I can't remember the last time I saw a pair of home knit socks.
    Originally posted by WeegieWumman
    Last time I did was around 1954, my late Mum (also a weegie) taught me how to knit in 1947, and one of our seemingly never ending tasks was knitting sock for my two horny-hooved brothers They seemed to go through socks at an alarming rate. I love knitting but the idea of knitting a pair of socks is just a no-no to me I think I would rather eat my own liver to be honest

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    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 13th Aug 18, 12:15 PM
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    Sock knitting is huge nowadays Jackie, better wool and better patterns. It's all the rage in the knitting groups and forums
    • dreaming
    • By dreaming 13th Aug 18, 1:08 PM
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    Sock knitting is huge nowadays Jackie, better wool and better patterns. It's all the rage in the knitting groups and forums
    Originally posted by mardatha
    I decided I wanted to learn to knit socks a couple of years ago so got the wool/needles/pattern etc. and so far have knitted 1 sock - not 1 pair, just 1 sock. I then got sidetracked into knitting Scandi-style Xmas baubles (book by Arne and Carlos) which my daughter wanted for her Xmas tree, and I never knitted any more for myself. I may try the other sock this autumn unless a new thing comes along.
    • THIRZAH
    • By THIRZAH 13th Aug 18, 2:25 PM
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    I'm nearly half way through my fourth pair of socks intended as Christmas presents for the family. Only one more pair to do after these -for SIL-but he's a size 11.
    • carrielovesfanta
    • By carrielovesfanta 13th Aug 18, 2:48 PM
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    Sock knitting is huge nowadays Jackie, better wool and better patterns. It's all the rage in the knitting groups and forums
    Originally posted by mardatha
    It was MSE'er Foxgloves who put me onto knitting socks. I've even been making some to sell. Hubs and I will be lovely and warm

    I found it quite straightforward. I'm an avid crocheter but I have never really knitted. My mother in law bought me a book by Ann Budd and I just followed that. Winwick mum is very popular - you can search for her book online.
    Last edited by carrielovesfanta; 13-08-2018 at 6:23 PM.
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 13th Aug 18, 3:02 PM
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    I decided I wanted to learn to knit socks a couple of years ago so got the wool/needles/pattern etc. and so far have knitted 1 sock - not 1 pair, just 1 sock. I then got sidetracked into knitting Scandi-style Xmas baubles (book by Arne and Carlos) which my daughter wanted for her Xmas tree, and I never knitted any more for myself. I may try the other sock this autumn unless a new thing comes along.
    Originally posted by dreaming
    Oh well, at least you will still be adequately equipped when, as they say in our family, somebody is "mouthing off" about something and we all exclaim "oh do put a sock in it,"
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 13th Aug 18, 4:25 PM
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    Winwick mum has a brilliant group on facebook. One Sockalong group and one nattery/chatty group. The Sockalongers can reach anybody how to knit socks
    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 13th Aug 18, 5:00 PM
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    I can't think what i did before I learnt to knit socks in my 30s... Looking back I spent a lot of money buying wool socks, and a lot of time complaining about being unable to buy wool socks, and darning the wool socks I still had...!

    Now I never travel by train without a sock to knit. People come up to me when I'm waiting on a platform sitting kitting and gazing around me, and tell me they were having a rotten day but feel much calmer now and the train companies should pay me to sit there and knit to soothe people...! It's definitely soothing to me, and I don't have to look much, so I can listen to an audio book and gaze out of the train windows...
    When I wake early, I often sit up and knit a bit of sock. It's a nice way to start the day, clearing my mind. Or if I wake in the middle of the night, I can knit for a while and then go back to sleep...

    I suppose it's a bit like meditation...
    • dreaming
    • By dreaming 13th Aug 18, 5:20 PM
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    Winwick mum has a brilliant group on facebook. One Sockalong group and one nattery/chatty group. The Sockalongers can reach anybody how to knit socks
    Originally posted by mardatha
    Yes it was Winwick Mum's pattern I followed and found it relatively easy, but unfortunately I have a bit of a butterfly mind with certain things and once I "learn" the new thing I want to move on to the next. Other stuff I can be very dogged about but it tends to be if I don't understand something I don't like to give up until I have researched it. I will, at some point, make the other sock, and hopefully more but I rarely wear socks myself as I seem to be very warm-blooded and pad around barefoot even in winter - and I am quite frugal with the central heating too so some of my visitors do find my house a bit chilly. Maybe I should knit the socks for them to wear when they visit?
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 13th Aug 18, 5:41 PM
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    Mar you put me on to Winwick Mum. I can now knit socks... kitchener stitch is still a mystery but I got there by hook or by crook. I'm back to crochet socks. They aren't the same but I've found a pattern with a heel at least.
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    • Mummy2cheekymonkeys
    • By Mummy2cheekymonkeys 13th Aug 18, 5:54 PM
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    I'm going to go to the outlet shop and find a couple more pairs of long thermal ski socks to wear when I wear my long boots in the winter, ordinary socks wriggle their way down as I walk and end up in the toe of the boot, most uncomfortable and 'cold' but ski socks that come to my knee stay up and I have warm feet. The price not in sales is usually something fierce so I'll go to the outlet sale and see what I can find.
    Originally posted by MrsLurcherwalker
    Mountain warehouse have a clearance online at the moment. Just had a look and they've got quite a few different ski socks reduced. Might be worth a look.
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 13th Aug 18, 6:07 PM
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you xxx.
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    • WeegieWumman
    • By WeegieWumman 13th Aug 18, 7:07 PM
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    Last time I did was around 1954, my late Mum (also a weegie) taught me how to knit in 1947, and one of our seemingly never ending tasks was knitting sock for my two horny-hooved brothers They seemed to go through socks at an alarming rate. I love knitting but the idea of knitting a pair of socks is just a no-no to me I think I would rather eat my own liver to be honest

    JackieO x
    Originally posted by JackieO
    I managed to knit a pair of socks when I was in primary school. Using four needles was a nightmare. One sock turned out larger than the other. I was just awful at hand knitting!
    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 14th Aug 18, 6:06 PM
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    I had knitted 3/4 of a warm thick snug cardigan when the really hot weather started so it's been sitting aside for weeks and weeks - but now I'm back knitting on that second sleeve!
    • erin_transport
    • By erin_transport 14th Aug 18, 9:47 PM
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    2nd coal bunker purchased today. Second hand from online group.
    Plan is to fill one for coal and the other for logs, sticks etc.
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    • muffin man 7
    • By muffin man 7 14th Aug 18, 10:20 PM
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    Starting to get dark early up here now... this is when I get the urge to knit lol
    Sorry meant to say ty muffin man I will try the bubble wrap on the cistern, but I like to open the windows to let the steam out so will leave them.
    Originally posted by mardatha
    Hi mar u can still open your windows because the bubble wrap goes on the glass not the frame just a tiny mist of water and it stays in place ht h
    I like knitting in the winter but the dog steals the wool so i had to stop its only acrylic but still costs a bit im alergic to real wool
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    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 14th Aug 18, 10:23 PM
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    The cold in our bathroom comes through the gaps where the windows shut. We have more draughts now with double glazing than we had before!
    • muffin man 7
    • By muffin man 7 14th Aug 18, 10:31 PM
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    The cold in our bathroom comes through the gaps where the windows shut. We have more draughts now with double glazing than we had before!
    Originally posted by mardatha
    Me too the house is colder since they changed the windows one reason the side where the window meets the wall had a huge gap we only found out cos we had to take the wallpaper off due to damp
    Im still hoping to move b4 winter takes hold this place is way too big for little old me now
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    • Living proof
    • By Living proof 14th Aug 18, 11:09 PM
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    Hi mar u can still open your windows because the bubble wrap goes on the glass not the frame just a tiny mist of water and it stays in place ht h
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    Originally posted by muffin man 7
    That is so helpful to know because I plan to bubblewrap my greenhouse in the late autumn, and I will be able to use that method on the opening windows which are on automatic openers. Even in winter the heat can build up to the extent that they will open. Fingers crossed, anyway!
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