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Make Do and Mend – the era of New Materialism

Last week I finally got my act together and dug out my favourite Purl Alpaca Designs garment, the Duchess Cardigan, from the mending pile. Long neglected due to wearing thin under the arms it had been left in the to-do pile for a long time. Loved and worn for at least 7 years it was to be expected some wear and tear would appear in the end. In the spirit of Make Do and Mend I got my darning needle and got to work!


Wearing my favourite cardigan, Duchess!

Luckily I had a small amount left in my remnants bag of the exact yarn my Duchess was knitted in. It’s in the colour Mist and both yarn and colour is truly stunning! I decided on invisible mending as however much I love Tom of Holland’s Visible Mending program, I am not sure I could quite carry off contrast colour, under arm patches. I used Swiss darning to mimic the original stitches of the stocking stitch fabric and carefully worked over the existing stitches. If you are curious as to what Swiss darning is, take a look at this helpful article from Women’s Weekly.

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Swiss darning to to mend worn patches.

I am very happy with the result and feel like the idea of mending your favourite knits go hand in hand with the idea of New Materialism. In this article in the Guardian they talk about buying less stuff and loving and caring for the things you do buy to give them a longer, more appreciated life. This resonates with us at Purl Alpaca Designs. One of our knitting kits is put together by us for you to enjoy the process of making it followed by a long life of wearing and loving your finished garment. So if that means you have to Swiss darn under the arms, then so be it!


Happy knitting (and darning!),

Kari-Helene xxx






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