A little tip for keeping warm from someone who is very 'nesh' (and a bit poor)

(111 Posts)
jjazz Wed 12-Dec-12 21:31:49

Go to an area of town with lots of charity shops- not difficult so far. Hunt out the nicest cashmere jumper you can find. It has to be 100% cashmere and roomy enough for a couple of layers underneath. This is also not difficult as they were very popular a couple of years ago and stupid rich people are now bored of them after a couple of wears and find them far too hot in their super toasty houses! I got one for £5.95 last week (which is the most I have ever spent on one item in a charity shop.) Hand wash it & dry flat (this is the not so good bit...waiting for it to dry aint fun either) wear with a couple of layers (i.e. vest and long sleeved skinny rib/polo neck type thingy) under. You will not ever be cold again. xxx

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 12-Dec-12 21:58:12

I think I love you a little bit thanks

spookysal Wed 12-Dec-12 22:02:32

Years ago my parents used to use draft excluders on every door and used to be big on making sure we shut every door behind us.

A few years ago, when I remembered this, I thought my mum was a bit obsessive about it.

But with energy bills so high I totally get it now. I wish draft excluders were more widely used though, feel a bit daft using them in this day and age - even though it's actually a sensible thing to do.

Love your tip jjazz smile

TheCortanaThatStoleChristmas Wed 12-Dec-12 22:07:14

Thanks for the tip jazz. Will keep an eye out.

Spooky, I make draft excluders from DP's worn our trousers. Cut up the crotch, stuff (one bag of good stuffing is about £2.50 from a craft shop. One bag does two) and you also have nice little pockets to put smellies. A few years ago this was considered one of my little eccentricities, now I know loads of people doing it.

ScramblyEgg Wed 12-Dec-12 22:09:55

I've got a staying warm tip too.

If you wear trousers, knee-length socks will keep you much warmer than ankle-length ones. Obvious really, but it's taken me years to work this one out.

hiddenhome Wed 12-Dec-12 22:10:24

I bought three pairs of knee high socks from poundstretchers. Obviously, they were only £1 each.

They are bloody boiling! They keep my feet lovely and warm grin Can totally recommend them. They are grey with multicoloured spots on smile

spookysal Wed 12-Dec-12 22:12:09

That is a really fab idea TheCortana, and they would look a lot better than the ones my mum used to buy that had animal heads on and used to look like long stuffed dead animals

onthemetro Wed 12-Dec-12 22:13:51

Great tip, thanks OP.
I bought knee length big furry bed socks from Primark the other day for £1.50, they're so soft and warm and I've been wearing them a lot. I also bought a pair of fakey Ugg boots for £5 from there and the combination keeps my feet really warm and cosy when usually my feet are the first to turn into blocks of ice smile

we used to make draft excluders from old tights and hamster bedding or filter fluff. We would make them into snakes grin

BornToFolk Wed 12-Dec-12 22:16:36

Scramblyegg I just worked that one out too! For ultimate toastiness, I wear knee high cotton socks with a pair of handknitted wool ankle socks over the top.

Corygal Wed 12-Dec-12 22:17:31

Men's thermal long johns make a smart matt legging for the ladies.

At the risk of sounding like a Viz top tip, cover up the crotch with a fashionable tunic or longline cardigan. Excellent choice, Madam.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Wed 12-Dec-12 22:19:05

I am so fucked off by the cold. I hate it. My tip is to wear fingerless gloves over normal gloves. And a hat. Don't go anywhere without a hat.

AnnaRack Wed 12-Dec-12 22:20:24

Agree about the layering, its a pity that all the charity shops round here are full of Primark acrylic.
Hot water bottles v warming too!

Adversecalendar Wed 12-Dec-12 22:24:54

Blanket on the sofa and over me indoors. I wear a hat indoors , even at work until we open, colleagues think I am weird.

I wear thermals under jeans and I have some of those hand warmer things you click and they heat up. My mate that is a market trader has a hot water bottle she hovers up her jumper.

AnnaRack Wed 12-Dec-12 22:26:03

Another tip - girls' woolly school tights are lovely and warm and much cheaper than womens (£5 for 3 pairs in Tesco). They are surprisingly big too - I'm a size 12 and am wearing DD's age 10 ones, which were far too big for her.

Nixea Wed 12-Dec-12 22:27:18

I love you purely because its been and age since I heard nesh being used! thanks

Xroads Wed 12-Dec-12 22:29:35

I've been wearing thermals under my clothes this year, either it's much colder, or I'm getting much older or it's very fashionable wink either way I'm loving it!

bluecarrot Wed 12-Dec-12 22:30:09

Our heating switches off at 7.30pm so we get showered and into pjs around that time. It means that we dont have to get undressed when the house is cooler at 9pm (about 11c today) Often we go to bed about 8pm and chat / watch a movie on laptop / play a card game etc nice and cosy under duvet.

If you have any spare but raggedy blankets or duvets, put them on top of your mattress, under the sheet. I do this on DDs bed (mine is a tempur type mattress so no need) and she says it feels cosier. She also has another duvet that will go on top of her current one when she feels she needs it.

Hot water bottles. We have two each - one goes in bed and one with us if cosying on sofa and then smaller ones (from poundland - maybe 1/2 liter size) that go in the front pocket of our fleeces - the type with a single front pocket that you can put your hand in one side and it can come out the other grin Thats also good for period cramp if the fleece is fairly snug.

Slippers instead of slipper socks. Sooo much warmer, though admittedly not as comfy. I wanted celtic sheepskin ones but will have to look out for them in sales. Got £8 machine washable ones from tesco for now and cant complain.

Line curtains with fleece. Really cheap and easy as no sewing involved - i just pin some to the standard lining.

Sadly I cant stand the feel of cashmere...

Toomuchturkeyatendofthedinner Wed 12-Dec-12 22:39:28

Get a Labrador. I currently have 30kg of furry toasty black beastie lying all over me on the sofa and I am as cosy as anything grin

Am going to charity shop tomorrow so will keep an eye out for cashmere!!

blackeyedsusan Wed 12-Dec-12 22:41:28

ha, I have been going to school pick up in,
thermal base layer
wool jumper 9chaarity shop)
2 fleeces
wool cardi
coat

therml base layer
2 pairs of trousers
3 pairs of socks

hat gloves

<claims prize for being the neshest of the nesh>

suebfg Wed 12-Dec-12 22:45:38

I love my new hot water bottle with furry cover

RabbitsMakeGOLDBaubles Wed 12-Dec-12 22:45:43

I am putting up curtains at doors this year, it's so cold by them I can feel them eating up the heat.

PlaySchool Wed 12-Dec-12 22:46:09

I sit with a microwaved wheat bag on my knee with a blanket on top.

ssaw2012 Wed 12-Dec-12 22:53:38

I use fleece blanket in bed and then the douvet on the top. I just cannot get warm without my fleece blanket. Sounds ridiculous, yeah smile
I will be too looking for the cashmere jumper!

threepiecesuite Wed 12-Dec-12 22:53:49

Sorry for slight hijack, but I've got a couple of those handwarmers that you click to heat up. The gel solidified and now I can't get them to go back to normal. What am I doing wrong?

LegArmpits Wed 12-Dec-12 22:56:37

You have to boil them in a pan until they go soft again!

AudrinaWhiteChristmasAdare Wed 12-Dec-12 22:59:45

My feet are always cold so I put these microwave slipper boots in a few times every day. Weirdly if my feet are toasty I can bear the cold much better.

They are brilliant if you have just come in and have bags to unpack, DC to sort, nappies to change etc because you can be defrosting your toes as all these things are being done.

aimingtobeaperfectionist Wed 12-Dec-12 22:59:57

Three have you tried boiling them?

SledYuleCated Wed 12-Dec-12 23:14:23

Get changed when you come in the house. I find taking off the cold clothes and putting on some room temperature ones helps me warm up a lot quicker.

FairyChristmas Wed 12-Dec-12 23:31:19

I am sat leaning against the radiator while mnetting.

It's lovely and warm but blardy cold whenever I have to get up!

Mens socks! I pinched some of dps the other day as I'm too pregnant to bend down to my own sock drawer and the dcs were downstairs busy. Anyway so much warmer than my thickest bed socks!

Also dp got some sticky foam door seals and added them round our front door and french doors (onto the actual door) aswell as the existing ones round the frame, it now takes more ooopf to shut the doors but MUCH warmer! Only cost £2 in wilkos! And we've hung a curtain at the front door --since the LL STILL hasn't replaced the fecking glass that broke so its only single glaze and has been since before we moved in--

Also at 3pm I shut all the curtains before it gets too cold again.

Snazzyfeelingfestive Thu 13-Dec-12 00:08:35

Yes the knee length socks tip works well. Also thermals. Asda are doing them for good prices now and in black/other colours as well as the trad white.

Also, the draught excluders. Stand by a door without one in place at the moment and you'll soon notice the icy blast!

ssaw2012 Thu 13-Dec-12 00:26:29

I like those macrowaveble slippers. One problem is that synetic materials makw my skin dry. I can see it after using the fleece blanket.
Knee-high socks make the difference in this type of whether. Stockings would have been perfect for my knees smile

TenPercenter Thu 13-Dec-12 00:31:58

I love putting my pyjamas in the drier for 5 minutes, utter bliss. I also find our feather duvet much cosier than our last cheapy one, we keep the old one on the sofa for watching tv. Thankfully it's due to get warmer until christmas at least.

I love the cold and snow, but tbh it's more trouble than it's worth once you have to pay the bills and faff about with millions of scarfs and hats and gloves.

BelieveInMe Thu 13-Dec-12 00:42:17

A sleeping bag on the sofa! This is what I cosy myself up in all winter, every winter and it's fantastic. It's not one of those shiny material ones, I find them cold when you first get in, it's cotton, with brushed cotton on the inside, so snuggly and warm!

MummytoMog Thu 13-Dec-12 01:21:51

DS has inherited DH's shonky circulation and I can't get his hands to stay warmer than icicles sad he is 20 months and pulls mittens off in seconds, any ideas? I've been contemplating gaffer taping them on, but suspect our CM would disapprove...

SantaIAmSoFuckingRock Thu 13-Dec-12 01:28:46

i struggled last year to find long johns for my then 2 year old (no problem for older boys) so i bought him black tights and white tights from asda from the girls' range. dead cheap and dead cosy with a pair of his socks over the top.

SantaIAmSoFuckingRock Thu 13-Dec-12 01:31:14

mummytomog what about trying long children's socks over his hands and up his arms underneath his coat so he cant get them off?

LittleMissKitschmas Thu 13-Dec-12 02:56:55

Don't buy wheat bags. Denim from old jeans is perfect, sew a pouch, fill with wheat (it's £1.25 for 500g in my local lentil-weaver shop) and sew up the edge. Takes about half an hour and they're awesome.

bellarose2011 Thu 13-Dec-12 08:03:54

Mummttong. I found a pair of mittens and matching pram shoes that have velcro around the wrist/ankle, they cant get them off! I got them in tkmaxx for about a fiver and both my kids have used them for yrs now. Best fiver ive ever spent!
Also i get those cheap fleece blankets from ikea (£2/£3) and put on all the beds. Over the bottom sheets and over the quilt, it makes such a difference. Cotton sheets can feel really cold.
I also walk around the house with one wrapped around me like a sarong.
With my fleece sarong, knee high socks and ugg style slippers i always feel warm enough.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Thu 13-Dec-12 08:13:13

What is nesh??

AtiaoftheJulii Thu 13-Dec-12 08:17:11

Arm/wrist warmers - thin ones that you can wear indoors and won't get in the way. I have some lovely ones from etsy, but have also been known to chop up old socks, as all you need is a tube with a thumb hole!

Might work for the toddler with cold hands too?

I also often wear my Buff at home, just a standard thin one. Feels so cold and draughty when I take it off!

And I have my fleece blanket under the duvet too - feels so much cosier :-)

AtiaoftheJulii Thu 13-Dec-12 08:19:32

Am also thinking that I am going to have to put a curtain up at the front door - you can see daylight round it! And a new door and door frame will be more expensive - but it's going to get in the way of the kids going in and out with bikes, so I'm still pondering how to do it.

ParsingFancy Thu 13-Dec-12 08:32:11

You need a portiere rod, Atia, so the curtain opens with the door.

Plus draught-stripping round your door. There are different types for different size gaps, so for best results read packaging carefully. (Helpful info on this site under Products.)

BelinaTheChicken Thu 13-Dec-12 08:37:40

DH has been working in a freezing old farmhouse with no heating, and has been wearing my pajama bottoms under his work jeans, he's lovely and warm, but I'm running out of clean pajamas as he keeps taking them off when he gets too hot and leaving them and work. Keeping a very tight hold on my onsie!

INeedThatForkOff Thu 13-Dec-12 08:42:28

I just love the idea of using filter fluff as stuffing!

It is so cold in our pantry that the fridge freezer has stopped working and I've had to chuck everything out sad

I bought the dc wristwarmers last winter and dd wears hers a lot, they really help with the cold. Ebay have them. I have several pairs myself and they make a big difference.
How can you hang a curtain over the door if there's no room to open it? We are losing heat from there but can't figure out how I would get in and out of the house! Could put it on the door but that wouldn't cover the drafty spots.

KenAdams Thu 13-Dec-12 08:48:27

Primark pyjamas are all you need to stay warm. My new ones are super soft ones and its like wearing a duvet, but they are still so light.

mrsscoob Thu 13-Dec-12 08:52:19

Keeping the curtains closed helps the house stay warmer

ParsingFancy Thu 13-Dec-12 08:57:40

That's why you need the portiere rod, accessorize. It's mounted on the door, but wider than the door and sits above it. Draughty gaps covered.

nagynolonger Thu 13-Dec-12 08:57:44

If you're nesh you feel the cold more than most. Used to be said by most east midlanders. Some people just used nesh to mean cold.

I would second puttting a curtain up at doors. When we had our old front door we used to block off the letter box when the postie had been.

ParsingFancy Thu 13-Dec-12 09:07:25

Blegh, that was incomprehensible.

It's a hinged rod mounted on the door and the frame, which carries a curtain bigger than the door, but opens and closes with the door.

nannynick Thu 13-Dec-12 09:13:48

Primark have 2.3Tog rated socks at the moment. £4 a pair so not cheap but they are nice and warm. Those are mens socks but they may well do womens sizes as well.
As a bloke I also like their cuffed trousers. Wonder if you can make your own using elastic to make the bottom of the trouser leg a bit smaller.

Do you think there is any truth to if your feet and hands are warm then the rest of body feels warmer?

Onemoreforgoodmeasure Thu 13-Dec-12 09:24:27

Threepiece you have to boil them to get them back to start. That's the only reason why I hate those things.

I've had the same hot water bottle that was given to me as a present about 10 years ago. It has a slip in the cover, or an over flap thing, for me to put my feet in. It's the most important thing in the world to me! I happily use it before putting the heating up.

HousewifefromBethlehem Thu 13-Dec-12 09:35:47

My tip for draughty doors is to wedge a scarf in the gap!

I get a knife and hold the scarf lengthways, then push the middle of the scarf in the gap with the knife (or ruler!) It leaves some hanging out either side which helps too. It really does keep the wind out!

This could also work on other gaps as well grin

DeckTheHallsWithBartimaeus Thu 13-Dec-12 09:50:20

I've been wearing long socks in winter for years now. Great at work as no-one notices. Today I'm wearing a second pair of socks and my feet are toasty warm.

Layer, layer, layers is my solution. I always wear a vest (strappy top really) and now it's below 0 I've started wearing two under my work clothes (unfortunately I'm in an office so can't wear huge thick jumpers sad)

Newspaper is great for blocking up drafts.

Keeping feet up off the floor when sitting down is good too (footstools etc.)

Cailleach Thu 13-Dec-12 10:01:49

Nesh is used in Yorkshire as well, but more with a sense of "weak / pathetic / wimpy."

Get yourself an electric throw blanket and put it on the sofa or whichever chair you usually sit in. Get some proper wool blankets from charity shops and make a duvet cover to fit over them. Sit on the sofa with electric blanket beneath you, cover self with wool blanket, turn off electric blanket after 5 mins when warm. Job done.

QueenofNightmares Thu 13-Dec-12 10:05:55

I'm so glad to read these tips I was about to start a thread asking for some as we've used all £15 of our Gas in the last week and this morning our front door was frozen shut shock Now trying to stretch our last £5 of emergency credit to another week until we get paid. I'm pregnant miserable and cold I could cry honestly we're on the cheapest tariff we can get <e-on with price freeze>.

Sorry for the rant I'm going to read back through the thread now and start putting some of these to use once I feel brave enough to get out from under the blanket I have on the sofa grin

Latara Thu 13-Dec-12 10:06:37

I like this thread, full of useful ideas! smile

MayaAngelCool Thu 13-Dec-12 10:08:48

I treated myself to a lovely cashmere jumper bought new as a post-birth gift. Six years ago. I lost it within a month.

I still cry, it was feckin expensive. hmm

MummytoMog Thu 13-Dec-12 10:09:54

Right, off to look at wristwarmers...I did think about making him a couple of sweatshirts with thumb holes, might have an experiment later. He gets grumpy abot having long sleeves dangling over his hands, but he might be ok if it was a nice tight sleeve. Or maybe that felted lambswool jumper might get repurposed into wristwarmers. He's been in tights under his trousers for the last month, DH gets very jealous. Little does he know that I've bought him thermal longjohns and meggings for Christmas ;)

MayaAngelCool Thu 13-Dec-12 10:10:46

If anyone on this thread found a low v-neck cashmere sweater from an ethical clothing brand, in 2006/7, and didn't hand it in at the London toy library where you found it, you're a bastard and I hope it gave you a nasty rash. <narrows eyes>

Latara Thu 13-Dec-12 10:11:35

My tip is to keep warm (& relaxed) by having a regular brew

I'm waiting to get my roof insulated for free; got draft excluder on my front door, main problem is that my bedroom window is broken & drafty - i can't afford to get it fixed yet, so i had to tape scarves round the gaps.

Outdoors i find that fingerless gloves are best - to get to your phone etc.

A hat or wide wool hairband, & a scarf added to any outfit look good & make me feel warm whatever else i wear.

Latara Thu 13-Dec-12 10:13:07

Don't forget to wrap up any outdoor taps for the winter: in a towel & plastic bag with sellotape - stops pipes freezing.

TooManyDicksOnTheDancefloor Thu 13-Dec-12 10:13:23

Loving your use of the word nesh, nobody ever knows what I mean when I say it!

boschy Thu 13-Dec-12 10:14:14

WHY have I never thought about knee-length socks before?? what a bloody brilliant idea smile

Latara Thu 13-Dec-12 10:15:00

Never heard of the word 'nesh' but then i'm from down South...

Cailleach Thu 13-Dec-12 10:16:47

Cotton socks underneath, (real) wool socks on top. Works a treat.

Nothing like wool for keeping you warm... smile My sister swears by her fleeces, as in sheep-skins, not the polyester kind. No, they aren't cheap, but they last for ever and are awesome to sit on with a blanket over you.

She lives in a flat with no central heating in Edinburgh, so she knows all about being cold sad

ssaw2012 Thu 13-Dec-12 10:17:34

Belina, buy your husband tights or leggins. I have seen lots of cotton and fleece leggins/joggers in Sports Direct, very cheap but warm. Tesco sells thermal leggins for men for 8 pounds but I have no idea how warm they are.

This thread is awesome

I'm sooooo cold right now sad

Question: if I make myself some draft excluders tonight, out of old trousers, what else can I stuff them with? We don't have any craftsy stores around here to get filler, is there any sort of standard household item that would work? Newspapers?

lostconfusedwhatnext Thu 13-Dec-12 10:22:42

Thank you all for brilliant top tips.
You can get foam draft excluders that don't look like the 70s; they sort of cup the bottom of the door and sit there filling the gap between the floor and the door.
I shrunk a cheap cashmere size 18 jumper to a 12 / 14 (by mistake) and now it is a lovely base layer. I also wear heattech all over. And (this is tragic but we are really cold at home) if I wear a hoody, I wear the hood up. It makes a difference.
Look in charity shops for good quality branded hoodies - they make a difference - much warmer than cheap ones bought new. I hate to say it because I hate logos but there it is.
Microwave hotties are safer for little children than hwbs
Sometimes we put some music on and dance around
If desperate, pick up a pile of books and everyone go to bed!

lostconfusedwhatnext Thu 13-Dec-12 10:23:10

dreaming, the filler of the 70s was american tan tights, iirc

MadameOvary Thu 13-Dec-12 10:23:59

Another tip:

Look on eBay for damaged cashmere jumpers, the bigger the better. Get them cheap, stick em in the freezer overnight to kill any moths, wash them, cut the body off for a fab snood and the arms can be used as legwarmers or sewed tighter to be armwarmers.

Or you could just wear it as it is grin

Also. If you can find cheap-ish sheepskin insoles (used to be on eBay, not sure about now) and put them in fake Uggs it makes them much warmer AND they dont smell. The insoles are also washable to revive the pile.

If you can find cosy socks, esp cosy long ones, they too can double as arm warmers. Keep your head, neck, wrists and ankles covered and you'll be amazed at how much warmer you feel.

Second the fabulousness of draught excluders. Get the ones that slide under the door and move with it. Not pretty but the do the job. Also door insulating foam strips for your doorframes from B&Q are brilliant at cutting draughts.

ssaw2012 Thu 13-Dec-12 10:24:26

We bought electric oil heaters. Currently one is working in the living room. There is one in main bedroom and one in children's. The heaters have thermostats.

Allergictoironing Thu 13-Dec-12 10:29:03

Dreamingbohemian anything that can be packed in there to make it into a semi-stiff tube (oooh-er missus) will do (even scrunched up newspaper) if there's nothing else to hand, just make sure you don't sew the ends up so tight you can't open the draught excluder later to replace it. Other things worth considering are "dead" clothes or tights, or even summer wardrobe clothing that can be taken out & washed come the spring. Spare towels make a reasonable excluder too, though they need more careful placing so they don't slip down. Local markets if there's one near or fabric shops often have cheap foam chopped into little bits usually used for cushions, that's ideal if you can get it.

Use a feather duvet on the sofa, it is awesome. I've been able to let the heating go off when the kids go to bed, and be toasty until bedtime. Also, doing the ironing is a great way to stay warm!

BornToFolk Thu 13-Dec-12 10:32:54

MummytoMog, DS used to have a coat from H&M that had inserts in the sleeves that came down over his hands, with thumb holes. They are thin and tight so not warm in their own right but really good at keeping gloves on.

Dreaming, I guess newspapers would work. Worth a try anyway! My Granny used to stuff things with old tights but you'd probably need loads to fill up a trouser leg. Still, a mix of newspaper/tights/rags would be better than nothing.

Not exactly a cheap tip but I swear by my wool duvet. I've got the kind that poppers up, so a thin one in summer, a thicker one for spring/autumn, then popper them together for winter. It's brilliant, cool in the summer, lovely and warm in winter. Last year (under cheap poly duvet), I was wearing thick pyjamas plus vest plus socks. This year, I just wear a normal pair of long pyjamas and I'm lovely and warm but not too hot. The duvet was about £100 (for a double) but worth it, IMHO and if you are in the habit of keeping the heat on overnight (not that I ever was!) then it probably would save money in the long term.

Also wearing wool jumpers, if you can't afford/find cashmere in the charity shop, are much better at keeping you warm than cotton or acrylic ones.

Mandy2003 Thu 13-Dec-12 10:35:18

I wear leggings under jeans, have the leggings tucked into socks as well. Got some good value cashmere socks from the local post office a while ago but haven't been cold enough to wear them yet!

I work in a charity shop but the only time cashmere jumpers come in is when they've been shrunk to buggery small enough to fit a 4 year old!

Ah thanks for the tips ladies! smile thanks

Fakebook Thu 13-Dec-12 10:50:49

Wear leggings underneath your trousers and put on your DH/dp's thick sports socks on an being over the leggings. Finish off with some snow boots.

TheCortanaThatStoleChristmas Thu 13-Dec-12 10:55:35

dreaming, I have used newspaper to make my draft excluders, only thing is to be careful of it getting wet.

I did think about a portiere rod Parsing but couldn't figure it out, shall have another bash at it.

iseetinselandtantrums Thu 13-Dec-12 11:35:05

Loving the use of 'nesh' - reminds me of my grandmother.

LimeLeafLizard Thu 13-Dec-12 11:55:28

Great tips here. I'm off to dig out some knee length wellie socks.

In case it hasn't been said already, I find wearing a scarf in the house very warm. Snoods are even better because they don't come unwrapped / dangle in the washing up.

MummytoMog Thu 13-Dec-12 12:07:25

Going to nip onto the H&M website in a second, but found this lovely tutorial online for wristwarmers (I don't/can't knit but I can sew like a demon). I have several felted jumpers thanks to DH in my mending basket, so can try out tonight!

http://www.purlbee.com/felted-wool-wrist-warmers/

ouryve Thu 13-Dec-12 12:13:33

mummytomog DS2 is 6, with ASD and won't keep gloves on - I dress him in a coat that's too big for him. It looks a bit silly, but it at least means that his hands aren't totally uncovered.

One thing I love when it's chilly is a wool shawl. I have a lovely thick merino silk one that's perfect for keeping the draughts off my poor arthritic neck when I'm sat around the house.

SantaIAmSoFuckingRock Thu 13-Dec-12 13:24:20

dreaming

newpaper
plastic bags
wadding from old cushions/pillows
any scraps of fabric that wont do for anything else
if you have any polystyrene peanuts or bubble wrap
old socks/tights/dressing gown/pjs
filling of a duvet that you wont use again.

i'm sure if you had a good look around the house you'd find loads you can use.

ooooh lovely, great ideas -- thanks!! smile

MustStopOutingSelf Thu 13-Dec-12 14:21:37

My friend told me Primark are selling fleece lined tights, says they are the bee's kness!

laptopdancer Thu 13-Dec-12 14:36:26

I must be extra nesh then as cashmere is like wearing a thin t shirt to me hmm

HappyTurquoise Thu 13-Dec-12 14:44:30

I can't wear wool. After a while the fibres irritate me so much I feel like ripping off my skin and I need a shower. sad If I try to tolerate it, and ignore the irritation, after a few days I get a rash.

I wear thermal vests, and fleecy jumpers (and walking socks) to keep warm.

DeckTheHallsWithBartimaeus Thu 13-Dec-12 14:49:39

Oh another office tip - I wear a pashmina as a scarf...and if I get too cold keep it on. Seems more acceptable than a woolly scarf or big woolly jumper at work!

laptopdancer Thu 13-Dec-12 14:59:02

Any tips for cold feet? I do wear a couple of pairs of thermal socks but my feet are still painfully cold sad

laptopdancer Thu 13-Dec-12 14:59:09

Any tips for cold feet? I do wear a couple of pairs of thermal socks but my feet are still painfully cold sad

boomting Thu 13-Dec-12 15:07:37

I am involved in a sport that involves lying immobile, for 2+ hours at a time, millimetres away from water in sub-zero temperatures. The outfit comprises
- thermal layer from Uniqlo (bought cheap off eBay)
- tee
- 2 thin jumpers
- 4 hoodies
- waterproof jacket
- thick leggings
- joggers
- waterproof trousers
- ski socks
- walking boots
- woolly gloves
- leather gloves
... and a bobble hat.

Not to mention the thermos waiting for me at the end. One way and another, there's not much need to be cold, ever. Although admittedly this get up does make me look somewhat overweight...

spooktrain Thu 13-Dec-12 15:11:51

are you an eskimo boomting? very intrigued by your sport

I'm wearing two pairs of thick socks, boots, leggings, jeans, three tops, cut off wooly gloves, a scarf and a wool coat and i'm still freezing.

There is no hope for me sad

Lemonylemon Thu 13-Dec-12 15:17:28

Another tip is to put sheets of newspaper between your blankets. It's a really, really good insulator. Also, if a fleece blanket to line your curtains.

Cold feet - need to be warm before you put your socks on - they should hold the heat better then.

kiwigirl42 Thu 13-Dec-12 15:24:07

I wear 100% pure wool cream sea boot socks which I buy off ebay (to much hilarity from inlaws hmm. I have huge feet and very long legs so get very cold all year round. I have 2 pairs - wear them in these cheap, warm slipper boots I got from Amazon during the day and in bed until I'm just about to go to sleep. They wash fine in the washing machine too. I'm in luffs with my socks sad

garlicbaubles Thu 13-Dec-12 15:59:34

Marking chilly place thanks

GrumpyOldWomanToo Thu 13-Dec-12 16:12:13

boomting, are you ice-fishing?

Jinglegirl Thu 13-Dec-12 16:41:34

Laptop,same here-I cant understand how anyone finds cashmere warmhmm.I am also with you on the cold feet ishoo.I have just put on a pair of fake uggs from Primark over my 2 pairs of woolly socks and I must say its making a big difference.Its the first time all week my toes feel toastysmile.

cocolepew Thu 13-Dec-12 16:52:43

B&M Bargains and Home Bargains both sell draught excluders.

As well as the fleece lined tights, Primark also do 'boot' tights, they have socks attached to them.

SledYuleCated Thu 13-Dec-12 22:22:32

I am cold cold cold tonight. How long is this cold snap supposed to last?

Unitedwestand Thu 13-Dec-12 22:34:23

Think you put them in boiling water and they go back to normal for next time.

LittleMissKitschmas Fri 14-Dec-12 20:38:20

I just bought a proper pair of granny slippers, with a fleecy lining and a rubber sole - I look tragic but I'm enjoying warm feet for a change. All for £3 from Primark.

SayMama Sat 15-Dec-12 13:07:40

Just bumping for anyone who hasn't seen this yet, their are some great tips to be had!

I went to Asda today and got some fleece blankets for the girl's beds. They were £5 each and big enough to go on DD2's cot and DD1's toddler bed which I thought was pretty good!

I also went in search of a onesie after hearing how warm they are. They didn't have any left but they did have these great big fleece long sleeved nightie things! I got one for £10 and it slips easily over my clothes to wear during the day instead of putting the heating on. It looks absolutely tragic but I comfort myself with at least I can have a wee a bit easier than in a onsie!

StephaniePowers Sat 15-Dec-12 13:43:08

I am always cold. I must have done something bad with fire in a past life.
Leggings on under trousers from October to March. Long socks, tuck leggings in.
Long tops, don't let your wrists get cold. Wristwarmers really do work. Tuck in layers.
(Nobody ever told me this or gave me the clothing to do this when I was a child, so I froze all winter in Scotland and was called wimpy and pathetic. You'd think a vest and long johns would at least be on their radar but apparently I was the first person to feel cold in a house with little heating, single glazing and half the windows open)
Keep your neck warm. Wear a cowl in the house.
Keep big blankets or a nicely-covered duvet on the back of the sofa for winter evenings.
Hot water bottle at night.
Find non-caffeinated/non-sugar drinks that you love so you can drink lots of heat in during the day and not get jumpy. Insulated mugs.

hefner Sat 15-Dec-12 17:41:52

laptopdancer I wear a couple of pairs of wool socks, and I keep socks on the radiator so that they are warm when I first put them on. I've also bought these sheepskin insoles to put in my slippers and they are amazing, my feet actually feel warm for once.

PepeLePew Sat 15-Dec-12 18:12:00

Wristwarmers and scarves make a massive difference in the house. Lots of cheap fleece blankets for snuggling under. Slippers at all times. The children have wheat filled toys which go in the microwave, I have a hot water bottle. My house is currently warm for the first time this winter because I have had the heating on during the day for the last three days. Usually I make everyone suffer...

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