Monday, 24 November 2008


I've noticed since I was a child, that some men, display their last meal on their chests. Women do it too,  but mostly it is the trait of the type of men I know.   I am not dissing them as dirty or clumsy - quite the opposite; men with dinners displayed on their chests are content and thinking to high purpose. He who is well fed is never angry; until he discovers a collection of holes down the front of this best cashmere.  

Moth larvae eat protein fiber, especially if it's greasy. That's why we get holes in our knitwear. The cashmere jumper pictured here provided the larvae with a delicious meal of goat wool, gravy, coffee and biscuit residue. 

Holes continually appear on this garment, so I thought it easier to make the darns a feature. I worked them  in primary colours.  To my delight, I saw the said jumper this weekend, in all it's glory, showered in croissant crumbs, now camouflaged in the darning 'design'.  This man no longer looks like a dribbler, he displays decoration.

Gucci have announced darning is 'in' for men this season.  


Bimbo was admitted to Prick Your Finger on 15th November with exhaustion from over loving. His face had collapsed, there was loss of stuffing, and he'd mislaid his waistcoat. Julia and Bimbo have loved each other for nearly 60 years, and through that time, it became unclear wether he was a monkey or an elephant.
We put him to bed, under Rosemary's charge, and she has nursed him back to full strength, with a fatter nose, new seams and v neck black jumper. Dancing to Miles Davis, with a new spring in his step, we did wonder wether he was in fact a mouse?
Anyway, Julia is coming to pick Bimbo up on Saturday and we do wish them both well...
It's been a joy to have you around Bimbo! Bye Bye!