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This episode is subtitled: ‘Another one joins the cause…’
‘He’s as stubborn as ever!’
Jaz was exasperated at not being able to persuade Old George in the hardware shop to show a bit of solidarity with the rest of us. We’re trying to get all the shops along Linnet Row to oppose the plans for a Skolkensson supermarket in the old pub building opposite but I think George likes to be awkward for awkward’s sake.
‘I hope you have more luck with Colette,’ she said. ‘Kim won’t be happy if we fail to get the hardware shop and the beauty salon on board.’
She was right but I was dreading having the conversation with Colette. If she thinks it will be good for her business why should she join the rest of us and oppose it? But Kim was marshalling us into action and she’d tasked me with winning Colette over.
‘Okay,’ I said reluctantly, ‘I’ll go when I’ve finished making this bouquet.’
‘I can’t stand it in that salon,’ said Jaz as we continued to make up the orders for that morning. ‘It’s too frothy. All those fluffy cushions and hearts everywhere. And I bet she makes you have a cappuccino – and then charges you for it.’
‘I don’t know what I’m going to say to her’, I admitted. ‘I get the impression she doesn’t really listen anyway.’
When my bouquet was a finished I ran out of excuses so I took off my new cotton infinity scarf (which I LOVE – see below for instructions!) and prepared to move from cold flower shop to hot beauty salon.
‘School,’ Colette mouthed to me and pointed to her phone that was perched on her shoulder, clamped in place with her ear, as she started taking foils out of a customer’s hair. ‘…She shouldn’t be pressurised into learning a speech from Shakespeare…I don’t care if it’s only four lines, she’s only 10. Can’t you do a few lines from something modern that the kids will understand instead of all this thou art and hath not rubbish? I bet Shakespeare’s been dead a hundred years…’
I was picturing Shakespeare a hundred years ago in a WW1 trench, in his Elizabethan doublet and hose, but I was shaken out of this daydream when Colette ushered me to a seat opposite a large mirror.
‘We can definitely do something with this,’ she said, lifting up some limp strands that were lolling about around my shoulders. ‘Ever thought of a bolder colour?’
‘No I just came in to ask -‘
‘You’ve got to be brave. Be noticed!’ she said. And before I knew it I’d somehow ‘agreed’ to a daring new look of burnished copper.
At least this was buying me more time to raise the subject of the supermarket. Well, it would have done if Colette hadn’t been on the phone for the whole time she was applying my colour, sorting out after school care for her children, booking her car in for a service and trying to get a plumber for a minor leak at home.
The second she finished on the phone she said, ‘Right. We’ll leave that for twenty minutes. You’re gonna look amazing. We’ve got Molly with us doing nails. I’ll send her over and you can choose a colour. It’s half price today cos she’s training. Cappuccino?’
And she glided away to see to another customer.
Two hours after I’d walked into the salon I stood up to leave and Colette worked out my bill.
‘Let’s see… cut ‘n colour £75, nails half price £8.50, cappuccino £2.00. That’s eighty five pounds and fifty pence please, Jenny.’
I haven’t spent £85.50 in a beauty salon in total over the last five years! But she finally stopped to take a breath as I handed over my credit card so I took the opportunity. ‘The supermarket -‘
She cut in, ‘Oh I’m dead against it! I just found out my ex works for Skolkensson. I’m not risking having that loser working on my doorstep.’
I walked back into Teacups & Tulips with my copper head held high, trying to look less embarrassed than I felt. I picked up a pen with a newly manicured hand (‘brandy snap’ on my nails) and put a big tick in the beauty salon on Kim’s diagram. Everyone was gobsmacked by my new look but the only one to speak was Jaz: ‘You know those nails won’t last five minutes in a flower shop Jenny.’ ◊
How to Make an Infinity Scarf from Old T-Shirts
I had thought I’d be able to make one out of just one t-shirt but if you’d like one a similar size to mine then it’s more like three t-shirts for two scarves. I used two and haven’t decided what I’ll use the leftovers for yet. You might think these t-shirts look too good to cut up but the lavender one is misshapen and the pink one has holes in it.
What size you make it is up to you but for one like mine you need to create a length that is about 180cm x 24cm. If you’re using a lot of sections (I used 6) don’t forget to add your seam allowances before you cut. It’s a lot easier if each of your pieces measures 24cm along the top and bottom.
Pin your pieces into a strip (right sides together). Make sure all of your seams are on the same side of the strip before you start to sew. One of my t-shirts had some printing on it that I decided to have on the inside so I made that the ‘wrong side’.
Sew your seams and press them open.
Fold the length in half along the short sides, right sides together, and pin it. Then stitch along.
When you turn it right way out it looks like this, with a raw edge at each end.
Fold one edge in and iron it (lavender for me). Feed the raw edge from the other side (pink) into the tube and pin it into place.
Top stitch along to join the two ends together. And there you have your infinity scarf!
It’s very versatile. Here it is just in one loop (too long!).
Here it is doubled. By chance, the way I’d sewn my strip together makes it colour-blocked when it’s doubled.
Tripled is my favourite (it’s the way I’m wearing it as I’m typing this!).
But for extra cosiness around your neck this one will just about go round four times. It’s fine when it’s on but I have to stretch it a bit to get it over my head.
You can even fold it in half before you wrap it round to create some different options.
- Use as many different t-shirts as you want by piecing sections together but keep to a standard width for your pieces and don’t forget to allow for your seams.
- I took my inspiration from Rae Gun Ramblings.
- Old t-shirts
I absolutely love this scarf. I can see me making a wider one for the winter. What do you think?
I’ll be back again next Thursday so I hope you’ll join me then. Who knows, we might have got Old George’s support for our protest by then.
Have a good week.
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