There has been an enormous amount of shifting, rearranging, donating and giving away of clothing in this house over the past year.

Some items, its easy. The woollen vest went to just the right person. Some t- shirts found their best home immediately – honey badger shirt Sunshine? It makes me smile every time I think of it worn. It will wear out eventually – but the stuff that doesn’t fit anyone, what to do with it? A lot went to charity. Some has been just quietly waiting for inspiration.

This cycling rain jacket is one of the ones that wanted to stay around. I wore it a few times, but the arms went practically to my knees and it looked a wee bit odd on. Still, its old, well worn, even patched in a couple of places. It was well cared for.

It rained this morning and I had a fairly obvious brain flash. I do have rudimentary skills after all. I hauled out the sewing machine and shortened the sleeves.I removed the cuffs and then tapered the sleeve a bit. It took a bit of brain power given I haven’t done this before, and I ended up having to baste the cuff onto the sleeve to maneuver it around to stitch it. The cuffs won’t be very waterproof after all this, but it doesn’t look so clearly ill fitting anymore, and will go on for more use – by me. It will wear out, and is on its way. But it isn’t ready to be lost in the shuffle in those charity drop off boxes quite yet. I am glad of it.


The scarf at the top is the wet finished weaving that was started months ago, and worked on fitfully after that. All washed and hemmed now, and it softened considerably. It lingered all winter, a bit of weaving done a few minutes at a time over the last rainy season. I think I will keep it.

7 thoughts on “Patience

  1. Sandra July 26, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Love the scarf – I’ve used that pattern, it’s a really nice one! I’m impressed with your sewing ability in being able to transform the rain jacket into a hug on a damp day.

  2. Mugo (@revmugo) July 27, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    Well done you. Don’t think I would have tackled that sewing job. Tricky business dealing with cuffs. And I do know about the dealing with ‘things’, some items just seem to stick around no matter how much one might think it wise and good to heft it out of the door! Why? I think everything has a time and when it’s that things time…it will go. No problem. Been thinking of you of course and glad I’ve a moment to respond to your post.

    • warpandwoofknitting July 27, 2015 / 4:08 pm

      Thank you Rev. Mugo; I am glad you look in. The cuffs, well they won’t stand up to close scrutiny but that’s OK, and the velcro closures hide a multitude of sins. I am glad I can wear the thing now, as we finally got some rain. Be well. Bows

  3. Sunshine August 11, 2015 / 4:45 am

    That honey badger shirt sleeps with me, travels with me and most of all keeps me alive with the memories of him 🙂

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