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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 2nd Jan 18, 12:52 PM
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    2018 Fashion on the Ration challenge
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    • 2nd Jan 18, 12:52 PM
    2018 Fashion on the Ration challenge 2nd Jan 18 at 12:52 PM
    Based on the original 1941 Clothing Rations, I've decided to a "Fashion on the Ration" challenge for 2018. Since I already have an overflowing wardrobe and a yarn stash approaching SABLE*, 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 !!!8211; 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 !!!8211; 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 !!!8211; 1 coupon
    1 yard wool cloth 36"wide !!!8211; 3 coupons
    2 ounces of wool knitting yarn !!!8211; 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 at the 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
    • 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.


    Beyond trying to find a trench coat with a warm, detachable lining to replace my almost warn out one, I don't have any clothes-purchasing plans for 2018. (14 Coupons) My quest for the coat may take a while, since I want one where the detachable lining includes sleeves. I have been looking since September.

    Care to join me?

    - Pip








    *SABLE=Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy
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    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 8th Jan 18, 7:13 PM
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    Hello everyone

    May I join? I planned on doing it on my own anyway, so I might as well do it with others!

    I have done it in 2016, giving myself 100 points to allow for a more 21. century style wardrobe where you can't walk around all make do and mended. I have managed with 96 points and that even included 8 points for yarn for a jumper that I never finished...

    So 2018 I will try it with 66 points. There is a huge "but" though since I also want to lose weight... In case I will get close to my goal of 3 stones / 20 kilos I will have to replace my entire autumn/winter wardrobe including my coat, which will be more than 66 points, not to mention the fact that I might also have to replace some summer clothes due to them getting too big or just wear and tear...

    So my plan is the following; I will have 66 points until the time I have lost one stone. From then on I will get one extra point for each lb I lose, so for example 14 extras should I manage to lose 2 stones this year. Plus I will do what someone suggested and only use half the points when I replace something that gets too big if I don't upgrade. Since I don't have a decent charity shop anywhere near I unfortunatelly can't bulk out my points with second hand clothes, so I just know that I can't stretch 66 points far enough to still be dressed okish...

    I know it is a bit like cheeting and I hope you still want me on that tread after that, but I just know that I can't get through this challenge with 66 points if I lose more than a few lbs this year... So I guess this "cheeting" allows me to do both, lose weight and challenge myself to think about what I buy.

    LIke some others, my downfall will likly be knitting wool anyways, but I already plan on not knitting any garnments for myself while I try to lose weight (there is something so frustrating about size 16 jumpers...), so I guess besides a few scarfs and socks for which I already have yarn I will mainly knit gifts and things for charity. And should I really come across some yarn I desperately want to knit a garnment out of it once I reach my goal weight I will buy it "off points" and only charge it once I actually start knitting with it.

    By the way, does anyone know if cotton is counted as wool? I guess it is, as in wool being anything organic and non-wool any man-made fiber?
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 9th Jan 18, 1:35 PM
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    Hello everyone

    May I join? I planned on doing it on my own anyway, so I might as well do it with others!

    I have done it in 2016, giving myself 100 points to allow for a more 21. century style wardrobe where you can't walk around all make do and mended. I have managed with 96 points and that even included 8 points for yarn for a jumper that I never finished...

    So 2018 I will try it with 66 points. There is a huge "but" though since I also want to lose weight... In case I will get close to my goal of 3 stones / 20 kilos I will have to replace my entire autumn/winter wardrobe including my coat, which will be more than 66 points, not to mention the fact that I might also have to replace some summer clothes due to them getting too big or just wear and tear...

    So my plan is the following; I will have 66 points until the time I have lost one stone. From then on I will get one extra point for each lb I lose, so for example 14 extras should I manage to lose 2 stones this year. Plus I will do what someone suggested and only use half the points when I replace something that gets too big if I don't upgrade. Since I don't have a decent charity shop anywhere near I unfortunatelly can't bulk out my points with second hand clothes, so I just know that I can't stretch 66 points far enough to still be dressed okish...

    I know it is a bit like cheeting and I hope you still want me on that tread after that, but I just know that I can't get through this challenge with 66 points if I lose more than a few lbs this year... So I guess this "cheeting" allows me to do both, lose weight and challenge myself to think about what I buy.

    LIke some others, my downfall will likly be knitting wool anyways, but I already plan on not knitting any garnments for myself while I try to lose weight (there is something so frustrating about size 16 jumpers...), so I guess besides a few scarfs and socks for which I already have yarn I will mainly knit gifts and things for charity. And should I really come across some yarn I desperately want to knit a garnment out of it once I reach my goal weight I will buy it "off points" and only charge it once I actually start knitting with it.

    By the way, does anyone know if cotton is counted as wool? I guess it is, as in wool being anything organic and non-wool any man-made fiber?
    Originally posted by RicardaRacoon

    Hi Ricarda Racoon. Welcome to the challenge.


    Regarding your weight-loss-wardrobe dilemma, when you hit your target weights, we can always claim you were bombed out. Bombed out householders received extra coupons. Your calculations sound reasonable for those. (Off the top of my head, I can't remember how many and my Google-fu is failing me today, so I can't find an online reference.)


    How are your sewing skills? Your skinnier self may find that your winter coat will hang on you just fine if you replace the shoulder pads with bigger ones. Or you could get a bit creative and add a few darts or take in the seams so that it fit you better. Worst case: you still have to replace it. Best case: you've saved yourself a few ££ and some clothing coupons. Anyway, having a larger coat is often an advantage, because you can wear more layers underneath. (I always buy my coats at least one size larger than everything else, for that very reason.)


    Regarding coupons for knitting wool versus cotton, Based on the British habit of classifying any knitting yarn as "wool" even if it comes from a chemistry lab, my working assumption is that cotton would come under the classification of "wool". Again, I can't find a specific reference.

    HTH


    Pip
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    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 9th Jan 18, 6:30 PM
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    Hi Ricarda Racoon. Welcome to the challenge.


    Regarding your weight-loss-wardrobe dilemma, when you hit your target weights, we can always claim you were bombed out. Bombed out householders received extra coupons. Your calculations sound reasonable for those. (Off the top of my head, I can't remember how many and my Google-fu is failing me today, so I can't find an online reference.)


    How are your sewing skills? Your skinnier self may find that your winter coat will hang on you just fine if you replace the shoulder pads with bigger ones. Or you could get a bit creative and add a few darts or take in the seams so that it fit you better. Worst case: you still have to replace it. Best case: you've saved yourself a few ££ and some clothing coupons. Anyway, having a larger coat is often an advantage, because you can wear more layers underneath. (I always buy my coats at least one size larger than everything else, for that very reason.)


    Regarding coupons for knitting wool versus cotton, Based on the British habit of classifying any knitting yarn as "wool" even if it comes from a chemistry lab, my working assumption is that cotton would come under the classification of "wool". Again, I can't find a specific reference.

    HTH


    Pip
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    Thank you Pip!

    Wasn't it something along the line of "when your clothes drop below a certain number due to being bombed out, fire, theft..." So I always assumed they had something like a list of how many outfits a person needed as a bare minimum and when someone got bombed out and lost all their clothes besides the ones they were standing in they would get x points which should get them a minimal wardrobe of say 3 outfits, a pair of shoes, a coat and underwear. Someone who had lost parts of their clothes would get a reduced number of points to top up their wardrobe to this minimum again and someone who lost some clothes but still had 10 dresses, 15 jumpers and half a shoe shop would get none because although they had lost clothes they still had more than enough.

    About the coat, I might really be able to do something about it, depending on which part of it might be too lose. I am not the best seamstress, I can shorten jeans and alter the size a bit... But with help of my Mum and her sewing machine I might be able to alter it.

    I also assumed that cotton counts as wool, both with knitting wool and also with fabric made of cotton / wool instead of any man made fibre.
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    • eandjsmum
    • By eandjsmum 10th Jan 18, 5:57 PM
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    Hi I may just have fallen off the wagon at the weekend . I was book browsing in my local Cs at the week end and I came across 2 pairs of BNWT jeans. One of which ended up coming home with me.
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 20th Jan 18, 4:37 PM
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    Hi I may just have fallen off the wagon at the weekend . I was book browsing in my local Cs at the week end and I came across 2 pairs of BNWT jeans. One of which ended up coming home with me.
    Originally posted by eandjsmum
    Apologies for the delayed response but you are still firmly on the wagon, with your 66 coupons intact. By definition, charity shop finds are secondhand , even if they still have the tags on them.

    Me, on the other hand... I have well and truly slipped in my resolve to not buy any yarn. I made the mistake of browsing the Blacker Yarns website, idly looking for something that is currently not listed. Their limited edition, Brushwork yarn caught my eye and not for the first time. Previously, I had resisted but chances are that it will never be made again (the main fibre is very difficult to obtain). Ahem... 10 balls found their way into my shopping cart and I am now 10 coupons down. (Fortunately, my “wool fund” could cover the money-side of it.)

    So that brings my total spent to 10/66 coupons, leaving 56 remaining.
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 21st Feb 18, 2:06 PM
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    February Update
    Apologies for the delayed response but you are still firmly on the wagon, with your 66 coupons intact. By definition, charity shop finds are secondhand , even if they still have the tags on them.

    Me, on the other hand... I have well and truly slipped in my resolve to not buy any yarn. I made the mistake of browsing the Blacker Yarns website, idly looking for something that is currently not listed. Their limited edition, Brushwork yarn caught my eye and not for the first time. Previously, I had resisted but chances are that it will never be made again (the main fibre is very difficult to obtain). Ahem... 10 balls found their way into my shopping cart and I am now 10 coupons down. (Fortunately, my !!!8220;wool fund!!!8221; could cover the money-side of it.)


    So that brings my total spent to 10/66 coupons, leaving 56 remaining.
    Originally posted by PipneyJane

    Afternoon All


    We're two months into the challenge. How are your coupons surviving? Mine are shrinking. I have several spends to declare:



    • 4 coupons on 2 pairs of thermal tights in Lidl at the weekend. (I was surprised to find them. I bought several pairs in October/November when they were first stocked, and have been wearing them to work under my trousers, on the days when I'm sitting in a portacabin in the highways depot.)
    • 5 coupons on a thermal top from Damart. (What can I say? It was in the sale and has their highest thermal rating. I was cold that day.)
    • 4 coupons on an FUBC kit from Susan Crawford: http://susancrawfordvintage.com/fubc/ This is my third purchase of the Victoria colourway (red). The yarn is rarer-than-rare and it supports a good cause. (Last week's mileage paid for the kit.) No, I am not making the shawl. After I purchased the first kit, my original idea was to make a striped top but I didn't think I'd quite manage that with 600m of yarn (1 red and 1 white skein), so I bought the second kit. After staring at the red yarn last week and worrying about the colour running in the wash, I realised it would make a lovely Sunray-Ribbed Sweater (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sun-ray-ribbing) . It will be my second. The first one took 730m, so 600m of red is certainly not enough, hence the third purchase of the kit.


    Anyway, rationalisations aside, the above will be used, worn multiple times and enjoyed. The above spend brings my total to 23/66, leaving 43 coupons for the rest of the year.


    - Pip
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    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 21st Feb 18, 4:44 PM
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    Two jackets, owned up to earlier, and a pair of trousers that I need for work and were in the sale - brings me up to 22 coupons I think.

    I've resisted buying wool, even in Aldi, and my only other purchase has been a top from a CS which is 'off ration'. I reckon on previous form, I should get through the year - home sewing plans have been neglected but I still have way too many clothes in the wardrobe.

    Oh - hang on, I've just re-read the 'rules' above. New handbag, albeit a TK M bargain, that's another 5 coupons so I'm up to 27. I just couldn't find one I liked in the CS and based on previous experience I think this bag will see the war out!
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    • AstroTurtle
    • By AstroTurtle 21st Feb 18, 4:51 PM
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    Having been a label addict this thread is very interesting! I'll be following the updates.


    Personally I've found that you can find great clothes bargains on some of the clothing websites these days.


    If you buy a season in advance you can pickup good discounts as things are going out of season. I bought my holiday clothes for this year back in October when everyone was trying to get rid of their stock!
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 21st Feb 18, 8:58 PM
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    Two jackets, owned up to earlier, and a pair of trousers that I need for work and were in the sale - brings me up to 22 coupons I think.

    I've resisted buying wool, even in Aldi, and my only other purchase has been a top from a CS which is 'off ration'. I reckon on previous form, I should get through the year - home sewing plans have been neglected but I still have way too many clothes in the wardrobe.

    Oh - hang on, I've just re-read the 'rules' above. New handbag, albeit a TK M bargain, that's another 5 coupons so I'm up to 27. I just couldn't find one I liked in the CS and based on previous experience I think this bag will see the war out!
    Originally posted by PollyWollyDoodle
    My handbag is a bit like that. It’s on it’s fifth year of use. I bought it in the airport near Alicante in 2006. Used it for a couple of years then tucked it away, before bringing it back into use in 2016. Quality lasts for years.

    Enjoy your bag.

    - Pip
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    • Noodle99
    • By Noodle99 21st Mar 18, 5:55 PM
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    Hi, can I join in to please? It sounds like a good challenge. I need to sort out my wardrobe, and it will certainly make me think carefully if i need anything new. Thanks.
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 22nd Mar 18, 1:33 PM
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    Hi, can I join in to please? It sounds like a good challenge. I need to sort out my wardrobe, and it will certainly make me think carefully if i need anything new. Thanks.
    Originally posted by Noodle99
    Hi Noodle! Welcome to the challenge.

    I desperately need to tally up, but I am on my phone which makes it difficult. I know that, so far, I have declared 23 coupons spent out of 66, which leaves me with a balance of 43...

    I have a spend to declare but I don’t want to move away from this screen on my browser to find out the coupon cost, in case I lose this post. We were in Lincoln earlier in the month and I succumbed to a beautifully cut tweed jacket from a lovely shop called “Vintage Country” on Steep Hill. They sell one-offs, are usually extremely expensive, but I got this jacket at 75% off, for less than £100. (My DH was very impressed when I showed him the price tag.). I will have to declare the coupons later.

    Also while in Lincoln, I scored a pair of suede court shoes from a charity shop for £3.50. They look like they have never been worn, but count as secondhand and, thus, off ration. ( I didn’t see anything else that appealed to my taste in the charity shops that day.)

    - Pip

    (Posting on your phone is hard! But it’s the only way I will get onto MSE at lunchtime. My new employer has the internet locked down hard.)
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 22nd Mar 18, 1:38 PM
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    Ok... I have been able to check - my new jacket cost 11 coupons, which brings my total spend to 34/66, leaving 32 left to spend. At least the jacket passes the !!!8220;must go in 3 outfits!!!8221; rule. It looks great with jeans.

    No more shopping for me for a while, unless it is in charity shops/second hand.

    - Pip
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    • Noodle99
    • By Noodle99 22nd Mar 18, 6:16 PM
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    Thanks for letting me join in! So far this year I've bought two pairs of tights (2 coupons each pair) and a pair of walking type shoes (5 coupons), and also (from a charity shop) a pair of brand new boots (still with tags on), as they are new I feel I should count them, so another 5, so for this year I think I'm at 14.
    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 22nd Mar 18, 7:21 PM
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    Welcome, Noodle!

    My coupons are all still firmly inside my ration book... Weren't they actually the unused margarine coupons when they were first introduced to keep it all a secret until the last possible moment to prevent people from stocking up beforehands?

    My plan is to tidy out my wardrobe tomorrow or on Saturday and see what I actually have for spring. I know that I will need a pair of ballet flats as last years one are starting to get a bit thin around the edges. So that is 5 points budgeted on that. I also assume I will need a blouse or two.
    I nearly went out to buy some nice spring shoes last week when the weather was so nice and I felt like spring. Told myself though that I have enough shoes, not too spring like ones as they are all black or brown, but still decent footware...

    I didn't even bought yarn so far... I will soon though but to knit a poncho for a friend and I am assuming that she bought the yarn with her coupons and I will knit it up for her. I will also "cheat" with charity knitting yarn, I still have loads but in case I'll need some more I will pretend to knit socks for soldiers or stuff for bombed out kids with yarn that is provided by whoever organised charity knitting... So basically as long I knit for others I get coupon-free yarn :-)
    Last edited by RicardaRacoon; 22-03-2018 at 7:25 PM.
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    • Topher
    • By Topher 22nd Mar 18, 11:01 PM
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    knitting wool
    I don't fully understand exactly what you're trying to do, but would unravelling a knitted garment, washing the wool to get the kinks out, drying it wound 'wide' on a frame (dining chair back or dining chair legs if chair is upside down on a table) then re-winding it, give you knitting wool to re work in the manner of how people managed clothes rationing? Therefore, you re-use an old garment (or buy it from a charity shop (they used to go to second hand clothing stores such as run by the Salvation Army)) and work with far fewer points.
    Oh and your lining for your coat may have been made from a pair of pyjamas. (Family story).
    • Nicki
    • By Nicki 23rd Mar 18, 8:47 AM
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    Does anyone have any tips for getting food stains out, especially ones that have already remained after washing and drying?
    Originally posted by kathrynha
    I try to deal with them with warm water in the ladies as soon as they happen. I'd rather have a damp spot on my bust for 40 minutes than a food stain for the rest of the day, even if the damp spot is bigger

    I find most things come out with no extra product if you get at them immediately. If it was something like mayo it may need some soap though.
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 23rd Mar 18, 1:03 PM
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    I don't fully understand exactly what you're trying to do, but would unravelling a knitted garment, washing the wool to get the kinks out, drying it wound 'wide' on a frame (dining chair back or dining chair legs if chair is upside down on a table) then re-winding it, give you knitting wool to re work in the manner of how people managed clothes rationing? Therefore, you re-use an old garment (or buy it from a charity shop (they used to go to second hand clothing stores such as run by the Salvation Army)) and work with far fewer points.
    Oh and your lining for your coat may have been made from a pair of pyjamas. (Family story).
    Originally posted by Topher
    I still recycle yarn this way. My favourite cardigan is knitted up in yarn that I rescued from a jumper I crocheted in the 1980’s. The yarn is 30 years old and still going strong. (I barely wore the jumper. It was terribly fashionable in 1987 and aged badly. The cardigan is now 9 years old and gets worn frequently.)

    Please tell the lining story. Please!

    - Pip
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    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 23rd Mar 18, 7:56 PM
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    My mum regularly recycled wool this way. These days there are far fewer hand knitted jumpers, I never see them in charity shops.

    I'd like to hear the lining story too, please!
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    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 24th Mar 18, 1:27 PM
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    Beside fruit juice dripping over my clothes (peaches are the worst...) I have managed to get almost everyhing out with rinsing it as soon as possible, or soaking, or dishsoap, or a combination of all of that... Even that massive amount of oily salad dressing on a light blue blouse came off.

    I don't fully understand exactly what you're trying to do, but would unravelling a knitted garment, washing the wool to get the kinks out, drying it wound 'wide' on a frame (dining chair back or dining chair legs if chair is upside down on a table) then re-winding it, give you knitting wool to re work in the manner of how people managed clothes rationing? Therefore, you re-use an old garment (or buy it from a charity shop (they used to go to second hand clothing stores such as run by the Salvation Army)) and work with far fewer points.
    Oh and your lining for your coat may have been made from a pair of pyjamas. (Family story).
    Originally posted by Topher
    Yes that would work. Basically as long the yarn / fabric isn't new it is free of points. My problem is that there are very few charity shops around here to find jumpers to unravel. But I don't intend to knit much for myself this year and for the few things I plan on knitting I have the yarn already. So most of my knitting this year will be for charity, so I assume I knit socks for soldiers and don't have to use my points on that yarn....
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    • Topher
    • By Topher 24th Mar 18, 8:25 PM
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    Please tell the lining story. Please!

    - Pip
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    Truly sorry but I won't in so many words, just imagine a communal effort (assembling a lining fabricated from said pyjamas at a sewing class), a mayors banquet, a helpful diner pulling a loose thread (you remember tacking?) ..........
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