The unbearable lightness of being

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Last minute holiday gifts!

Rustic, cute, multipurpose, ocean-friendly body scrubbers!

You don’t even need knitting pins, as you can see, chopsticks make the perfect gauge when knitting these heart shaped jute scrubbers/ exfoliating lovelies.

Instructions:

Work in stocking stitch throughout. (Knit knit knit and no purl)

Take your garden jute string and your chopsticks and cast on 2 stitches.

Knit one row.

Increase at each end of every alternate row until you have 16 sts.

Make the heart shape:

Decrease now on first stitch and 8th.

Turn and decrease at each end of each row until you have 2 sts left. Bind these off together, cut the string, secure your last stitch.

Rejoin your string to the remaining 8 stitches and repeat.

Weave in your loose ends by poking them through the loops at the edges of the finished heart shape.

Make a loop and attach somewhere on the top of your heart.

Voila.

This takes about ten minutes.

The jute hearts can be used on your pots and pans, your surfaces, your bathroom, your feet and elbows, as well as those stubborn bits on dirty typewriters. But you may want to make multiple shapes to cover all uses. A great way to ditch those nasty plastic scrubbers we have become so addicted to 🙂

Pair the scrubbers with a special bar of soap perhaps for a last minute gift 😉

Happy Holidays , typospherians xx

On safari in Brighton

I wandered into a big junk shop in Brighton yesterday just on the off chance I might find something cool or interesting. First up was this duck.

Moving on!

Around the next corner I found this

And after rummaging among some tweed jackets I found this

But for that price I wasn’t feeling very Gerald Cha. Though not the worst junker I have ever seen, I moved on upstairs where there were some weird and wonderful things…

How often does one find one of those in a junk shop?! No price and I dare not ask!

Some fancy fabric on the ceiling caught my eye …

Who let professor Umbridge in?

Heading down again. I love it in there, even the stairs are full of interest

Wait! I didn’t see that on my way up!

No price on this little rusty relic. I left it where it was. Fun to see though !

On the case

Sad and peeling and forlorn, this case lid was languishing in a corner and being used as a makeshift drawer for paperwork.

I happen to have some of this stuff for peeling wallpaper, and wondered if it would do the trick on this case.

First brush off all the old loose dry glue. Yuck…

And go slowly, one little bit at a time. I spread a fairly generous amount onto the inside of the peeling fabric and let it soak in for a few minutes before adding s thin layer more and pressing down

I stuck down all the outside edges and left it to dry

Before finishing off the inside

It’s still a scruffy old case but it’s all good enough to travel now.

Ah yes, you’re right, it’s the case for my 1938 Corona Silent 🙂