I loved this week's This is… ... theme by Knit Owl. Not because I had any great recent discovery to reveal, but rather because I was so excited to see what everyone else's were!
For days, I've been trying to work out what my contribution would be. I thought it could be personal revelations such as "there IS life without chocolate" (don't worry that one surprised me as well), and "I really can't do everything".
I then thought it could be the new sushi rice dish I had yesterday, but then I would actually have to pretend like I could cook or something like that.
Or... it could be my fab new "Smocking Navi", a smocking guide, but I haven't actually used it yet, the same would go for my new iron-on bag pattern I bought.
So, instead, I'm going to pretend that I'm a domestic goddess (which I really am not). My latest discoveries belong in the laundry.
Wash balls! In my bid to reduce my negative impact on the environment, I've almost completely stopped using softener in the wash, and pop these in instead. I find the Japanese water to be very hard and so without something, clothes come out very stiff and crinkly. These funky little things go in with the clothes and help add air which then helps soften clothes. Or something like that. But they work! And, they save me money!These little do-dads are "kutsushita clip"s, or more simply, sock clips. I have to confess, I forget to use them most of the time, but basically, they keep your pair of socks together in the wash, which saves sorting time later. Especially when you wear as many plain black socks as I do.