Friday, January 25, 2008

Tidy-ish desk



These cardboard drawers were going cheap in Lidl or Aldi, can't remember which now, and they have gone a long way to helping me keep my desk a little tidier. They have reminders of what is in each drawer, or at least what was originally in each drawer, and hold all the bits that I use each day. If you are wondering about the object on top of the stack, it is a tracing paper covered frame that I use when I take photos of small objects, to diffuse the strong sunlight coming in through the window at this time of the year. That's why the curtain is pulled across to keep the sun off the screen, but let me sit here feeling the warmth....

I haven't blogged much crafting lately because it has been a little boring; One of the residents of the place where we bowl lost his wife about 18 months ago, and he is running out of socks. Yes, he does know how to use a washing machine, but he doesn't know how to knit. He had polio when he was a lad, and since then, one of his legs has stayed the size it was then. He has to wear a brace and an enormous boot, and his wife Mary used to knit him knee socks with a big turnover to stop the brace rubbing. He asked if anyone would be willing to knit socks for him, and I said yes, not realising at the time that he wanted five pairs! He brought me a Fortnum and Mason's hamper containing Mary's annotated sock patterns, half a dozen balls of wool, one completed man size sock and a half completed boy size sock. The man size sock was riddled with moth holes, as were the balls of wool. With a lot of knot tying, I managed to complete the half done sock and darn the holes in the completed one. I then put the whole lot in the freezer for a few days in the hope that the treatment would kill off any remaining eggs. A visit to the local wool shop didn't produce anything with the right wool/nylon mix to survive the wear and tear plus machine washing, so I ordered wool on-line. It arrived the week before Christmas, and I've been knitting it ever since. Three grey pairs completed, and only another two to go....

I should be making shaker cards for the PC swap, but my heart isn't in it at the moment. I fused on a backing and the heat of the iron melted the vinyl on the other side. I tried another, carefully protecting the vinyl in the centre, but afterwards the shakees would not be shook, and they clung resiliently to the vinyl. I'll have to re-think my methods.

9 comments:

  1. Ooh, I like your boxes very much .... I wonder if they're in our Lidl or Aldi.

    You're good you are - you're better than me .... how kind of you to knit that chap's socks for him! (Maybe there'll be a different kind of Fortnum and Mason's hamper for you when you've finished them ....)

    :)

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  2. LOL at the hamper idea! He has offered to make a payment to the charity of my choice....do you have an address for the political wing of the Raving Monster Monkee Party? I shall have to channel it through a third party of course, as I am not a British resident...

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  3. Hah! You have enough sunshine to need difusing......I am struggling to find enough light so's I don't need to use the flash.

    Knit the man a pink hoop in his big sock. Go on.

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  4. A sort of built-in garter? Would you go with the sugar pink angora or a more fleshy shade of corset?

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  5. MMMMMMMMMMMMMM coffee..........

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  6. Corset. Which reminds me of Liberty Bodices. Which I never did understand.

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  7. Jo, you are an angel. At least that poor man with the moth-riddled sock must think so. I'm a firm believer that what you sow (sew?) you reap. (Pun intended) I hope you reap good deeds, not a bunch of socks in your old age. Unless you also need socks then.

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  8. Felicity, do you remember those vertical tapes stitched to the bodices? The Liberty part refers to the fact that we didn't have to suffer the constriction of the bones that would otherwise have been inserted into those casings!

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  9. Faye, I am most assuredly not an angel, as I am considering giving the last pair of socks corset pink garters....as for needing socks in my old age, I think that is a definite requirement; the more outrageously coloured the better.

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