Today, I have spent a satisfying hour or two mending clothes. I am not a talented seamstress, but have been sewing on buttons and mending tears in a few shirts. It is a good feeling to make these repairs, and to put some garments back into circulation which have been on a mending pile for some time. I have a small sewing kit which includes a twist of threads of all sorts of different colours, which I have had for years. When I come to mend an item, I can generally find a piece of thread of approximately the right colour for the garment involved; I don't need to buy or store reels of cotton of many different colours.
I am a thirty-something Englishwoman, and am an enthusiastic amateur in the world of personal finance, as well as in food, fashion, and literature, particularly Victorian fiction and classic detective stories, as well as self-help and recipe books.