Friday, 27 February 2015

(Don't we all) Love Fridays

Friday begins for me at the Gym

Quick selfie after my workout
Then a dash home and the lovely bit - a long hot shower and dressing in comfortable clothes, rewarding myself in the afternoon with a book or my knitting

Day #10's outfit, burgundy skirt, grey tee and Leadlight cardigan


Thursday, 26 February 2015


no calls, texts or visits, today I'm working

In silk blouse, black jeans and a big warm pashmina (it can be draughty in my study)

I have a writing assignment for Yarn in the City.  Meanwhile you can hear their latest podcast, including my contribution on the #sixitemschallenge in aid of Labour Behind the Label by clicking HERE



PS It's the ninth day of my clothes fast, if you haven't donated and would like to please follow this link

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Eight (one week under my belt)

Plain and simple today.  After pilates (in permitted sports kit) I am wearing my black jeans with grey tee shirt

But the scarf in another thing.  It is silk velvet lined with heavy silk habotai, hand painted by my cousin Sharon Verry and available in The Guild of Ten shop in Truro



Tuesday, 24 February 2015

New experience on Day Seven

Great excitement today as I was asked if I would like to talk about the #sixitemschallenge on the Yarn in the City Podcast.  I went to meet Alli and Rachel the clever women behind Yarn in the City dressed in my grey knit dress (Phase Eight winter 2013/2014) and wrapped in my biggest shawl.  The pattern is Samen by Steven West and it's knitted in hand-spun Using up various fibres from my stash (including some Porpoise Fur in the Pollinator colour way) and, if I'm honest, slightly variable weights from a pretty thin DK to a lumpy Aran.  The shawl is somewhat oversized and I feel it looks best draped around my shoulders and tied around my waist as a big wrap

After a longish chatty lunch (I had not seen the ladies for a while) we got down to recording the pod-cast around Alli's kitchen table, the microphone in the middle and Alli at her laptop in her hot pink headphones.  I was quite nervous of speaking, I've never done something like this before so I fear my appearance was a mix of saying nothing to saying too much with my voice fading as I checked my knitting (Alli and I knitted the whole time and Rachel wound up a skein of yarn for her next project).  I might have given Alli a bit of an editing headache. I'll post a link to the podcast once it's ready and up on the Yarn in the City website.

So if you are visiting my blog via the podcast -  hello and welcome! Thank you for taking an interest in my quest - to wear only six items of clothing from my overful wardrobe for six weeks (one week down, five to go) and to raise money for the charity Labour Behind the Label.  I hope you also visit my fundraising page and make a donation too.  And finally I hope you will come back and visit again, see how I manage to ring the changes with accessories to keep my blog readers interested and brighten up the grey



Monday, 23 February 2015

Day Six of Six weeks

It's chilly today and the grey dress needs some warm and woolly accessories

The hot pink and lime green striped scarf is from TK Max.  My DD2 is ace at finding bargains there.  It was one of my favourite Christmas presents a couple of years ago

The mittens are something I have blogged about before and are hand knitted from my friend Kathleen's book SSK2

I think that will be cosy enough.  Please don't forget to DONATE, if you haven't already.  There were over 1,000 hits on here last week, the most I have had EVER.  Just think if every visitor gave £2...



PS  Google is being silly today.  If you post a comment then try and close the comments window you get a message saying 'are you sure... you have unsaved comments'  Well you don't your comments have been saved so don't worry and please comment all you like - I love it!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Clothes Fast Day Five

Hooray!  Despite only being only partially IT literate I have managed to create button for Labour behind the Label, the charity that will benefit from your donations.  At the top of the column on the right her you should see the campaign's logo, simply clicking on the logo will take you straight to my supporters' page.

Today's outfit, magenta skirt and silk blouse fitted nicely under my winter coat for a day's shopping with the girls.  Dear Daughter no 2 is expecting a baby in April so we did a little grand-baby shopping today, accompanied by DD1 and TLM.  The latter considers herself expert in all things baby related.  

more details on the skirt's construction in a later post

To give credit where credit is due TLM was the first to find the brake on the Bugaboo and suggest that the buttons on the handle were something to do with folding it up. After she had given it a full inspection, including approving how low the adjustable handle went (for ease of pushing by a five year old!) It seemed only sensible to leave the mother to be alone to check it out herself

Yellow was not the final colour choice!
We then had some time for a little cooing over the cute baby clothes

but I really think I should knit this myself
All done in John Lewis!



love the seagull mural made of wire wrapped around the shop's escalator 

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Four days and still comfortable in my clothes

I'm wearing black jeans, grey long sleeved tee and the Leadlight cardigan, all as before.  Accessories, my mothers black pearls...


A large black apron.  Actually I think an apron will be my go-to accessory most days. I have discovered how essential an apron is when doing all sorts of messy things when you have only a limited number of clothes. I cannot simply change several times a day.  And today I was going to do something particularly messy.  A workshop on dyeing with indigo and woad at the Hampshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers.

These are my raw materials

fleece, ricrac braid, lace, a scrap of embroidery on linen, a skein of hand spun wool , cord and twine
The workshop was led by the very talented Debbie from DT Craft and Design.  This is how it went

mixing up the dye pot

Heating till the water turns green and the 'flower' appears (this is woad)

Immersing the articles, while in the bath they remain a greeny yellow, as they are exposed to air they turn blue (indigo in this pot)

Once out of the pot the colour really develops
Finally, I was given a little spot at the end of the meeting to explain my lent clothes fast for Labour Behind the Label.  A number of ladies generously made donations on the spot, some others promised to check out this blog and donate later.  So for anyone who would like to donate HERE is the link

Thank you everyone who has given so far, bringing the total to £281