I can’t say how much I love charity shops! They are a mainstay of many high streets and essential in the ‘fast fashion’ consumer society. I must admit i was stunned to read that the average garment only gets worn 4 times! Mr SK (I’m sure he that he won’t mind me tell you!) had the same pair of swimming shorts for 28 years. It was like the passing of a treasured friend when they finally gave up the ghost! And I still have clothes I bought in my 20s which is a long long time ago.
I fully admit that i used to be a bit of shopacoholic many years ago. But my consumption patterns have changed completely. My last clothing purchase was from Scope (a mental health charity) – a rather pristine pair of jeans.
As a student I was lucky to able to be able to volunteer in Oxfam. It was a total blast, and I even ended up with friends in the local paper modelled the vintage finds from the shop. If I recall correctly I wearing a rather fetching pillar box hat with veil and a matching skirt suit!
So I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Oxfam. And as I was browsing their vintage shop (check it out if you haven’t already) I found details of the #SecondhandSeptember pledge. Of course, I sign up straightaway.
There are some fantastic articles on the site about the impact of fast fashion as well as details about the prize draw for sharing your charity finds on social media.
I can feel a good rummage of all the charity shops in my area coming up!
Well if you can find the exact buttons you want, make them…
As well as being a budding seamstress, I am an avid knitter. All credit for this going to my mum. I like to think that I’m reasonably proficient but I’ll never have her skill. She was fabulous at cabling and her aran sweaters and cardigans were works of art. Many of my early childhood memories are of her sitting In her chair, watching tv with a cable needle stuck behind her ear as she produced a complex cable WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE PATTERN! That astounds me even today I need to stare at the knitting, copy the pattern and even then my inability to count to ten consistently and accurately can lead to interesting results.
I won’t embarrass myself by saying how many WIPs I have but it is definitely double figures. Currently Carbeth by Kate Davies is on the needles. It’s a lovely relaxing knit and Kate’s patterns are always so well written.
I originally thought I’d go for a black one but swapped to Isome lovely bright orange wool in my stash. This has been repurposed from a blanket, which I then reknitted as a different cardigan. I decided this didn’t suit me so now it’s on the way to be a Carbeth. I’ve started calling it ‘Doctor’ as it keeps regenerating 🤣 . Sorry I couldn’t help myself!
I will admit that I am a bit fussy about buttons. I always think to myself that I’ve spend all this time knitting something so I don’t put just any button on. (This is why I still have a cardigan from last year with no buttons 😳). Carbeth needs some thing nice and chunky so when we were doing some gardening Mr SK had the bright idea to make some from the branches and also from some discarded hardwood furniture. So zero waste wooden buttons were born and I couldn’t be more chuffed. I can’t wait to finish Carbeth and get some handmade buttons on!
I love the tactile nature of the large wooden buttons. We’ve finished them with beeswax to enhance the natural grain of the wood.
Check out my Etsy shop to see my extra large and large zero waste wooden buttons.