Extending the Life of Gloves
Does anyone else get through their gloves really quickly? I can go through a good 2 pairs in a winter, and so I have a collection of old holey pairs, and with the current amount of snow, I wasn't about to go outside with my fingers exposed! So this week I've been extending the life of my gloves by repairing my way through them.
Creatively Mending Gloves
I had a lot of fun picking colours to make the mends playful and creative. The gloves below were found by my mum in a charity shop- they've been hand knitted, and fit me perfectly, so as soon as I spotted them wearing then at the fingertips I used swiss darning to reinforce the areas to avoid holes in the first place. I'm not a huge fan of beige, so much as I love these gloves and appreciate the skill that went into them, it was a nice excuse to add some bright colours.
Combining Different Mending Techniques
The pair of fairisle gloves below were from Eribe, another knitwear company in Galashiels. As I left them a bit too long before relegating them to the "to mend" pile, both thumbs needed reconstructing, so I used crochet for that, then darning for the holes, and swiss darning on one thumb to reinforce a worn area.
Loved Clothes Last
I have to admit I had no particular attachment to the gloves below- they were a present, and while very cosy, I don't really like the colour combination, and I find the length a bit impractical at times. However, mending them has meant I could add colours I like, and I'm going to start wearing them again.
Reducing the Environmental Impact of Clothes
Mending clothes reduces their environmental impact, as they stay out of landfill longer. I also find that I enjoy wearing them more afterwards, as I have more attachment to them. Have you tried mending anything in your wardrobe? If it's something you're interested in, please sign up to the newsletter, as I'm planning to organise some workshops later this year!