Yesterday, I noticed that there was a small hole in the blue cardigan I had worn to the office:
|Blurry Picture of the Hole|
The cardigan was a gift from an aunt three Christmases ago. It is 100% merino wool and I thought I should try to repair it and darn the hole:
|Another Look at the Hole|
I gathered the items I'd need, including the boxes of embroidery thread and the one reel of navy thread and kept them on the sofa to get my other pair of glasses that I use for sewing. I should have known. This is what I found when I came back with the glasses:
|Dancer on Top of Things, as Usual|
Be careful, Dancer, there's a needle stuck on that reel of thread next to you!
I checked all the blue embroidery thread I had against the cardigan and the reel thread seemed to be the closest in color; everything else was a lighter blue. So, I chose to darn with the reel thread.
|Choice of Thread|
Of course, while I was selecting my thread, Dancer was, as usual, helping!
|"Blue thread, Mummy?"|
|"I think this is blue"|
|"Yes, definitely blue!"|
|"This one, Mummy! I found it for you!"|
"Oh, wrong shade of blue? You don't need it, Mummy? OK, Dancer play with it, then!"
|Dancer found a new toy!|
I rescued my embroidery thread from him and finished darning the cardigan.
|Darning: Wrong Side|
|Darning: Right Side|
It's noticeable to me because I know where to look for it, but I am hoping it won't be too noticeable when I wear it (it's at the back, a little below the shoulder; if I still had my long hair, it would have been covered by the hair).
In the meantime, someone was pouting behind the sofa:
"Why'd you take away my thread, Mummy? I was having such a good time with it!"
|Dancer Feeling Sad|
Those paws tucked under him is his version of crossing his arms! Eventually, he scratched side of the sofa in revenge and moved on to the sofa to nap.
Or, maybe not?
|"I'm not sleeping, I'm sulking!"|
Oh, OK, Dancer, you have a good sulk. I'll talk to you when you are feeling better.
And a few minutes later, we got distracted by a bird that flew into the window:
|"Where Are You, Bird?"|
Ha ha! He was sulking for sure :) He's so "darn" cute, Bless. I'm sure the fix isn't that noticeable, by the way and, really, what if it is?ReplyDelete
Yes, he is cute, isn't he?Delete
Good question - what does it matter if the mending is noticeable? I don't know; somehow, I don't think it is quite the done thing to wear a visibly mended garment to the office! :)
I darn things all the time to extend the life of them. I think it is only noticeable to you, since you know it was darned!ReplyDelete
Anne, you are probably right - no one else will notice. :)Delete
I think Dancer did a great job of assisting you and covered the hole perfectly. I wish Mog would play with embroidery thread instead of bringing me mice every day!ReplyDelete
You've done a neat job there Bless. It will only be noticeable to you because you know it's there. X
LOL, Mog is hunting and providing for her family! Dancer is an indoor cat, but he occasionally kills any bugs and insects that come in! Thanks, Jules, I think the darning won't be too noticeable.Delete
Cats are every so "helpful", aren't they? I enjoyed your pictures of Dancer playing. :)ReplyDelete
He is definitely a helpful kitty! Glad you enjoyed the pictures. Makes a change from the fashion show, doesn't it? :DDelete
"a stitch in time saves nine" - very well done. Sweet kitty.ReplyDelete
Yes, indeed! My mother used to always say that quote. That was the other post title I was thinking of! He is a sweet kitty and most helpful! :)Delete
You did a great job of darning the sweater. Better to have mended it than put it back in the drawer and never worn again. Dancer seems quite a bit more attached to you lately. Is that because you have returned to work?ReplyDelete
Thank you, Susan. Dancer does routine checks on me when I am at home. I think he does that to reassure himself that I am around!Delete
:) Oh Dancer...such a good helper! His mummy did a great job darning the hole in the sweater too! ;)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Debbie. He had such a good time with the thread that now I feel I should have let him keep it! Maybe I'll give it back to him - it'll be a relatively inexpensive cat toy.Delete
Dancer does make me smile - he's literally your shadow. I think the darning is an excellent job. I doubt anybody would notice it, it's not really that obvious even on a close up photo. xxReplyDelete
That he is, Suzanne. He likes to be where I am when I'm at home - in fact, he's sleeping on the top of his cat "tree" which is next to my chair as I type this!Delete
Thank you, the hole I darned is fairly small, so, I don't think it will be noticeable. I don't know why I should mind if anyone should notice it; mending things is frugal and environmentally good, but, there it is - there seems to be a stigma of poverty attached to it, I guess.
Great job on the darning.. And it will give you a sweater for awhile longer..ReplyDelete
Dancer is too cute.. He is always where you are.. Know he is alot of company to you.
Thank you, Judy. Yes, he's always close to me, these days. When daughter is home, though, he's her cat!Delete