The thing was they had been 'lifelong friends'. In those days this kind of relationship was not spoken of. One Aunt knitted the sleeves and the other knitted the bodies, then they were stitched together. You could only just see there was a slight difference of tension in the knitting, but you would never know, (unless you knew, if you know what I mean!)
Now, even with thermals, fleeces, and polar fabric layered on I still get cold. These jumpers were knitted with love, and they kept us warm.
Both my Husband and I remember waking up in winter mornings with ice on the inside of our windows!
We found we all had the same strategy. Keep your clothes by the side of the bed, grab them and get them warm, and dress under the covers! Yes we only got our clothes washed once a week. We had to wear our underclothes and vests (they were fine wool and cotton back then) a few times, and we probably smelt a bit. We only got baths every day in our house if we shared the water, and we were expected to have a strip wash on days that we weren't having baths.
I had terrible chillblains as a child! I remember my Granny putting a handful of snow on them to stop them hurting. We wore knitted gloves and played snowball fights in them. They just got crispy. We survived!
I actually put my heating on for about half an hour yesterday afternoon, and I was so hot I had to switch it off again PDQ! I thought I would toast. I actually prefer to be a bit on the cold side. That's why I don't do well in hot climates. I find the clothes I love don't fall apart, and they keep me much warmer.
The people in Turkey are in dire straits. I know I support Shelter Box, but flimsy plastic tents are no good in winter. However a Yurt, or a Saami tent is ideal. I know that a traditional hand made Yurt is expensive, but there are a lot of people producing them now. I am wondering if world governments and charities can sponsor a lot of Yurts (Including the little log burner) for the people in Turkey. This would be great for the local manufacturers who make them, and be good for employment in rural areas too. Perhaps the manufacturers would be able to make them cheaper if there was a good volume of them ordered.
Something made by hand by people who put love into their work is the real treasure to base our economy of renewed hope on. If we give to others, it does benefit us too. We have a real sense of doing something worthwhile, and a pleasure in the doing of it. Can this kind of economy of choice be so wrong?
It would be great to have Yurts on the Shelter Box initiative too.
I am going to have a go at re-covering a dressing table stool today, wish me luck and