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December 24, 2020

Good Quality Slipper Socks in the UK

I'm finding it unreasonably hard to get good quality slipper socks. Can you give me any suggestions? In a perfect world they would be all (or mostly) natural fibers; durable; and available for purchase in the UK, where I live. At this point, I would probably settle for two out of three. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 10:24 AM - 5 answers

Should I condition the leather of this ornament? How?

I inherited an ornament that is basically a tooled leather belt with bells on it, and the leather is looking worse for wear at 50+ years old. The back is just the suede side of the leather. Should I put leather conditioner/mink oil on it or is it too far gone? I like it but I don't plan to go to extraordinary measures to preserve it forever.
posted by momus_window at 9:13 AM - 4 answers

December 22, 2020

Fuzzy /cozy house slippers with support

I (size 8 womens, wide front/narrow heel) need some slippers to keep my feet warm when I'm in the house, but most of what I see online is either unlined/not the cozy winter gear I want or seems like it won't have any support (I see a lot of memory foam.) I tend toward plantar fasciitis so I want something with more structure. Suggestions? Especially inexpensive - I will be ordering online and I'd like something cheap enough that I will feel fine keeping even if it's not 100% perfect.
posted by needs more cowbell at 5:28 AM - 29 answers

December 19, 2020

quarantine hair dye - covering grey in asian hair

I'm thinking of getting some sort of hair dye for an Asian friend who has been complaining about grey showing due to pandemic hair. What's the most reliable and simple way to dye the odd strand of grey back to dark black? I know nothing of hair dye but have heard that Asian hair is usually thicker and may require a more hardy dye treatment than caucasians. They used to go to a salon for a full dye job once every six months or so.
posted by benzenedream at 2:36 PM - 16 answers

December 17, 2020

Optimal boots

I've got a new pair of snow boots that I plan to wear on consecutive days, all day. Not interested in bringing a pair of non-boot shoes to work. During the rest of the year, I alternate days with my non-boot office shoes (wear one pair on Monday, the other pair on Tuesday) because I hear that letting the shoe dry out between wearings makes it last longer. These boots are too expensive to buy a second pair. So how should I handle them overnight to maximize their life? Northern people, help me out. Thank you!
posted by 8603 at 5:46 AM - 15 answers

December 16, 2020

Selling gold online?

Can you recommend a place that I can send and sell a piece of gold jewelry? This is an old necklace my mother gave me. It is quite hideous and I am sure it is ideal only for scrap, rather than to sell 'as is'. I am looking for convenient and easy.
posted by nanook at 4:41 PM - 3 answers

December 15, 2020

Crocheting (or knitting?) baby things

I'd like to crochet a baby blanket and possibly other baby items. A stuffed animal would be great. But is it actually possible to crochet something durable enough that it will survive baby excretions and multiple washings? What kind of crochet stiches should I be looking for? What weights and types of yarn? Do you have recommendations? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 4:52 PM - 10 answers

December 13, 2020

How do I sleep with SO MUCH HAIR?

How do people sleep with long hair? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 11:21 AM - 49 answers

Wash - iron - before use

I just bought a new mask manufactured by this company. On the front of the package there's a sticker that says "wash - iron - before use". I'm neurodivergent and find it really challenging to follow instructions that I don't understand the reasoning behind. Neither the packaging nor the website explain why I'm supposed to wash and iron the mask before use. Frankly I'd rather not if I don't actually have to - but I don't understand why I might have to or not enough to make that call myself. [more inside]
posted by terretu at 4:00 AM - 21 answers

December 11, 2020

Bracing for a repair job.

I use an Ankle Foot Orthosis for foot drop, from Spastic Paraparesis, on my left foot. The problem is that the Velcro on my brace cuff has worn out, and will no longer hold the brace onto my leg - namely, the strap that attaches to the Velcro patch has been worn smooth, and thus will not stick. (The actual Velcro itself is fine.) Is there a way where I can repair this/fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 7:57 PM - 13 answers

Where can I find organic/sustainable women's pajamas?

I have decided to treat myself to some nice PJs for my staycation time over the holidays. Not having a lot of luck finding what I want thus far. [more inside]
posted by pixiecrinkle at 9:07 AM - 10 answers

December 8, 2020

Looking for the perfect denim jacket.

Shopping online for a denim jacket for myself. Details beneath the fold. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 1:46 PM - 7 answers

December 6, 2020

Good replacement for Muji recycled yarn socks?

My spouse and I are seeking a replacement for Muji recycled yarn socks. These socks "are discontinued and will not be back in stock". My spouse writes: "I’ve worn these socks for about 15 years without finding anything similar, and my last sets (purchased around 2018) are wearing out." He really loves these - help us find a suitable replacement? [more inside]
posted by brainwane at 10:15 AM - 7 answers

December 4, 2020

Backpack Filter

Can you help me identify this backpack? I can't really make out the logo and search attempted have been so far unsuccessful. Thanks!
posted by stinkfoot at 1:27 PM - 6 answers

Bubbliest bubble bath?

What brand of bubble bath produces the MOST bubbles physically possible? I want to luxuriate in the most unbelievably frothy bubble bath possible. I am in the UK, prepared to buy online or in store or ship from other countries if that's the right solution. [more inside]
posted by citands at 2:39 AM - 17 answers

December 1, 2020

Special snowflake jeans

My boyfriend wants a pair of high rise, slim leg, preferably black jeans. I have scoured the internets but for men it seems slim or skinny leg jeans only come in lower rise. Do jeans like this even exist? [more inside]
posted by vanitas at 12:54 PM - 8 answers

November 30, 2020

Are there boots that LOOK like dress boots but are actually REAL ones?

So I've got a very limited amount of weight I can carry for the one checked bag that holds all my things and shoes just weigh a bunch. So I'm looking to two for one here. I want men's boots that are legit, hiking/getting dirty boots but also, when polished, could be dressy boots with a nice pair of slacks or nice jeans. Does that exist?
posted by rileyray3000 at 10:29 PM - 13 answers

Giving the Boot the Boot

It's the holiday shopping season and I am in search of a pair of women's boots. In this case, looking for boots for professional wear rather than hiking/heavy weather. What are your recommendations for good women's boot brands/places to buy women's boots? [more inside]
posted by panther of the pyrenees at 1:42 PM - 10 answers

November 27, 2020

Clothing for an older woman with limited physical range (gift)

I am looking for Christmas gifts for my mother who lives independently but is in her 90's and should be easy on/off. I am thinking pant suits suitable for doctor appointments and church, but with the ease of sweats. [more inside]
posted by readery at 1:50 PM - 8 answers

November 25, 2020

Can you help me find some fun, silky, mule-style house slippers?

These Versace house slippers are speaking to me... but not for $150. Can you help me scratch this (kinda wild) new itch at a more reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by argonauta at 11:50 AM - 7 answers

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