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Sep 22, 2019 10:09:46   #
GeriT01 wrote:
🙋🏼Awww poor Penny, I’m sorry for her. The dew claws are useless and some breeders remove them at birth.

My dog uses her dew claws to hold things like a thumb, at least to hold them still, while she chews them. I thought all dogs did that.
Sep 21, 2019 14:33:04   #
RookieRetiree wrote:
I’ve processed SNAP benefit applications and the most I’ve seen is $120/month per adult (my applicants were mostly seniors). It takes some very clever and skilled shoppers/cooks to eat well on that amount.

Some SNAP data...

Do people have to buy toiletries with that as well, or do they get other assistance for that type of thing? We don't have food stamps here in the UK. People are given money and they spend it how they see fit.
Sep 21, 2019 14:28:25   #
Cookiecat wrote:
YES! We had 'home ec' classes in junior high and high school (60s and 70s) Learned basics of sewing, baking. Mom could sew and so I started sewing for myself in the 70s (just to have something that wasn't polyester, LOL). Home skills are lacking because nobody teaches them! That said, remakig clothes is rather difficult but can be done. I've unravelled charity shop knits, but most nowadays are cut and sewn so you only get short pieces of yarn.

I know, commercially made knitted items aren't as good as the old home-made ones for pulling apart. Cutting up old clothes and making new ones is good fun though.

Children should definitely learn to cook, boys as well as girls, and learn about nutrition. There are far to many overweight children these days, their parents can't cook and they have no idea what is best to eat. Parents say they can't stop them buying pasties at Greggs on the way to school when the answer is easy - don't give them any money. I believe overfeeding a child is abuse.
Sep 21, 2019 10:58:34   #
Aisles wrote:
lol Garrett plays with his Biscuit like that and even picks it up and throws it along the floor, sometimes he'll kick it along the floor chase it and then ponce on it.

My dog does that and then begs for me to get it out from under the furniture or rug when she goes a bit too far.
Sep 21, 2019 10:54:21   #
Londonlady wrote:
I'm all for helping people especially children whose parents cannot afford to feed them. However does anyone on KP know of a family where this is the case and if so a) do you know what their income is and b) what their outgoings are before they can think of buying food as I am not totally convinced their children have to go to school without anything in their bellies or come home to no evening meal. I was one of four children and until mum could go to work part-time to help supplement my father's salary money would have been tight at times but in the Winter mum would send us off to school with hot porridge in our stomachs, a cheap food then and still a cheap food now, and in the summer it was cornflakes or weetabix and what's wrong with a good hearty chunky vegetable stew (made with wonky veg to cut costs or buy basics) with some nice crusty bread one or two nights per week at least and what could be cheaper than pasta. Luckily, our mother was a fairly good cook and was willing to learn and put in the effort of making delicious meals using cheaper cuts of meat, poultry or vegetables and from what I read sometime ago this is partly the problem we have today of parents who don't know how to cook so as to be able to make the best of cheaper food items so they look at easier, more ready to eat foods which are expensive and say they cannot afford to feed their children. Thank goodness for Jamie Oliver who is trying to address this situation. My sister and I were the first of the 4 children and born not long after WW2 when money was tight and food was still rationed but we grew up strong and healthy and we ate every day and as well as we could do thanks to Mum.
I'm all for helping people especially children who... (show quote)

I was on benefits for a while but my children were never hungry, and they were always well dressed, but I had (and still have) skills. I could cook, sew, knit, manage a budget. Cookery and nutrition lessons should be brought back into schools. Parents these days don't have the skills to make good, cheap meals. They can't sew either. My children had clothes which I often made from charity shop adult clothing. It's amazing how much fabric there used to be in an old fashioned maternity dress, plenty for a child's blouse, or dress. A man's coat can make a beautiful boy's jacket. I would get zips and buttons from anything brought to the jumble sale which wasn't sold at the end of the day. No point in sending reusable haberdashery items to the rag man. Charity shop knitted items can be unravelled and reworked to make a child's sweater. These are really good skills which kept our heads above water when money was scarce. Even with the skills it was difficult to make ends meet so I can imagine that without them, people would struggle. The lessons need to start when children are still young. It's too late when someone finds themselves out of work, pregnant, deserted and alone with £74 a week to live on.
Sep 21, 2019 10:12:22   #
The schools around here don't have air conditioning. They can barely afford toilet paper with all of the austerity cuts!
Sep 21, 2019 06:16:59   #
My border collie plays like that (whilst yapping) with her Bonio every morning before eating it.
Sep 19, 2019 13:56:47   #
likewatercolor wrote:
I use plain water on windows and an E cloth both wash and dry.

I also use plain water and a faux chamois. People ask me how I get them so clean and streak free.
Sep 15, 2019 14:28:44   #
seedytoe wrote:
Type, delete, type, delete.
Oh dear!
I married a shearer. I have seen the good and the bad in the shearing sheds. Nuff said.
Each to his/her own beliefs, but are we to go back to times when sheep, (particularly merinos with their heavily wrinkled skins which = more wool growing area), had lighter or self shedding fleeces? How far do we go? Our ancestors lived in caves and wore animal skins to keep warm. And if animals aren't to be killed for eating, I hope someone educates the carnivorous creatures they can no longer hunt down impala, zebras etc and from this day forward they must eat only vegetation. Oh wait...... vegetation is living too, but i guess it'll be ok as we can't hear it screaming as it's ripped from it's tree or out of the ground.
Humans are designed by nature to eat both meat and vegetation. Just look at your teeth. Up to the individual to decide if they want to ingest only plant life. Or shiver in the cold.
To the original poster, you like wool, source the best you can, and enjoy.
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What do you mean when you say "Just look at your teeth"? Are you referring to our canine teeth which the majority of mammals have? The largest canine teeth of any land mammal belong to a true herbivore: the hippopotamus
Sep 15, 2019 14:13:12   #
Louette wrote:
To each their own didn’t you say?

Yes, and that's obviously the way she does it
Sep 15, 2019 13:18:19   #
Caxton wrote:
I find it strange that you would say this Byrney. I remember only a few weeks ago you made a comment that stated that you were knitting with wool from Jamesons in Scotland. You have often stated that you make baby clothes from Debbie Bliss Cashmerino which is 50% wool and even contains acrylic. It is the yarn that you recommend to people when they ask for advice on which yarn is best for making baby clothes with.

You really should practice what you preach and tell the truth instead of trying to put people down.
I find it strange that you would say this Byrney. ... (show quote)

Yes, I admit I have bought those and I still have some in my stash (I think). I try not to buy new yarn and I don't think Cashmerino is even sold any more, but I do like it. It indeed does make lovely baby clothes and I hope I will be able to find a suitable alternative. I didn't know it contained acrylic. It didn't feel like it so it must have been a small amount. I've bought very little new yarn since retiring 4 years ago. I can't really afford to any more, and I have a room full of yarn to be getting on with. If I do buy any yarn in the future I'll do research on it and try to buy ethically. I'm still working on a cardigan for myself using recycled denim. Unfortunately it's horrible to knit with, but I'm sure they'll get better at making it.

I have also bought yarn from Jamieson's of Scotland in the past. I've been making the tearoom doll for a couple of years now and I had the yarn for a while before starting it. I even think the yarn may have been a gift (along with lots of other stuff) from a friend whose mother had died, and I looked for a pattern to use it on, although I have bought Jamieson's of Scotland yarn for a cobweb shawl in the past.

Sadly, I'm not perfect, but I am trying. I'm used to being vegan now, but the yarn is something I didn't think about until my daughter pointed it out to me so I'm still working on that and finding out about it. Thank you for pointing out about the acrylic in the Cashmerino. I really hadn't noticed, but to be honest, it doesn't matter any more. I'll use up the woollen yarn I have, and try to remember to check the source of anything new that I buy.

Thank you for pointing this out. I will try harder. You're never too old to improve are you?
Sep 15, 2019 12:15:55   #
cookie68 wrote:
Peta does more harm then good. They actually say they skin rabbit and sheep for the fur. The comb rabbits, and shear sheep. What would it gain them to hurt the animals that they make their products. I have a dog who I clip with dog clippers, should I be stopped. Think we have been clipping poodles and other dogs for years.

You mean you've never seen a rabbit skin pair of gloves, or rabbit pelts making up a coat? What about sheepskin rugs? I'm not saying whether this should happen or not, just amazed that you've never seen them.

BTW - most leather gloves from China are made from dog skin. It's very soft and fine and dogs are bred especially for that reason. Again, I'm not making a judgement on that, just stating a fact.
Sep 15, 2019 12:08:37   #
leesbibben wrote:
What a nasty thing to say.

But what I was commenting on was ok? What an interesting viewpoint.
Sep 15, 2019 11:45:41   #
janallynbob wrote:
Oh my, this discussion goes on and on, vegans, protect cotton, but is not plastic made out of oil based products, animals, well sheep are sheep, and should be treated ethically, they are raised for their wool, and meat, cows, for milk, meat and leather, it goes on. But it's pretty silly to turn it into this nightmare of a fight. I'd like to know how vegans find clothing, from 100 percent cotton from a country which is disadvantaged and pays the workers 10 cents a day?

Kind of an open question isn't it.

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I recycle clothes. I've been doing it since I got divorced many, many years ago. I didn't do it because it was trendy (it wasn't then) but I did it out of necessity. I was left with two children under five. I couldn't work at the time but helped out at the playgroup that my children attended. Because I was a qualified nursery teacher the playgroup leaders were happy for me to be there and allowed my children to go free. Every term (semester) we held a jumble sale in the local church hall. I don't know if you have jumble sales, but what we did was collect unwanted clothes and bric-a-brac from the local area and sold it for playgroup funds. The staff got first choice of anything that came in. It was a fairly wealthy district and on several occasions I even got clothes from Harrods for my daughter. I would pick out anything made from fabric that took my fancy and being good at sewing (my mother was a tailoress) I would undo the seams and turn them into articles of clothing, mainly for the children, but sometimes for myself. I also bought knitted items and reused the yarn.

Because I was really good at it, and always got lots of compliments about my clothing and that of the children, I carried on doing it. I buy things from charity shops. I always alter things and make them into something individual, coats, dresses, skirts, trousers. It's amazing what you can make with a bit of imagination.

I do buy new underwear. I don't think I could ever wear anyone else's underwear but I buy that from an ethical sourcing outlet. You can get all sorts of things these days.

I try not to use single use plastic, much like most people these days. Nobody's perfect but I like to think most people are doing their best.
Sep 15, 2019 11:27:54   #
aprilknits wrote:
I am not vegan, but I understand and agree with you. The sheep were bred to have the problem that necessitates the shearing. Your explanation on cows is spot on! Let their own calves "milk" the cows. The proteins in cow's milk are designed to grow very large (cow) bones. And on and on. I just wanted you to know that someone hears you.

Thank you.
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