I'm a little behind on my 1st week post for this 'cause we were out of town in Chicago. But here goes!
Let me introduce myself. I'm Meg. I knit, sew, crochet, occasionally still draw...and most recently dye yarn and fabric. I'm an actual native of Nashville that you'll find living in East Nashville, TN. Crazy, right?! If you're reading this blog, then you probably already know about my shop, Nutmeg. I sell yarn, fabric, and other necessities for makers.
The slow fashion movement has become gradually more and more on the forefront of my mind. FashionRevolution.org was one of the first organizations to really highlight for me how important it is to be conscious and aware of where your clothing is coming from. How are these people making this shirt that I can purchase for $10 being taken care of? Are they healthy? Are they able to feed their families while I add another t-shirt that I don't need to my closet? As a mother of two kids rapidly approaching teenager years, I feel that it's so important to share with them that things can be made not bought. It takes a little longer, but will be an infinitely more satisfying process. And it allows me to pass on the value of knowing where things come from with actions rather than words.
As I'm sure so many of you have, I was also inspired to be more mindful of my surroundings and my amount of "stuff" by The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Last winter, as I began to read that, I made a commitment to myself that I wouldn't add anything new to my wardrobe that I hadn't made myself. As I worked on this throughout the winter of 2014 and throughout this year, I used #makeityourself to keep track of how many projects I was actually able to get through. I also realized, thanks to Ms. Kondo, that I really need less things in my life. Paring down to those things that make me smile, that I love, helped to me to focus in on what I'd enjoy spending some time making for myself. What did I want to add to my closet? What did I look forward to making that I would be able to wear for a long time? I like to add staples to my wardrobe, things that I'll still love in ten years.
There is something truly magical that I find about starting at the very beginning of the knitting process, perhaps even with the dyeing of the wool, watching the fiber progress from raw fleeces to spun fibers to yarn that then slowly grow into a sweater or hat. It is almost a meditative process, requiring patience to see the project through. Sewing for me is much more of a fun puzzle that I get to put together. I've been sewing for nearly 20 years now, and I noticed recently that I have to make myself stop sometimes as I near the end. Otherwise I'll rush and rush and mess up the whole project.
This month I hope to, first off, finish my Benton Sweater. It's the first sweater project I've ever begun and I'm about 1/3 of the way through right now. Any of you working on yours? Let me know how you're doing! I'm also hoping to finish my first Washi Dress as well as a shirt dress for fall. I think I've decided on the Alder Dress from Grainline Studio, but adding long sleeves to it. We'll see how much I get through!
Anyhow, enough about me. I'm super excited about this month that Karen Templer has pulled together for all of us. We definitely need more events like this that help us reflect for a moment on the way that our own lifestyles might affect others. I can't wait to see the garment she's making from Allison Volek Shelton's hand-woven fabric (in fact that gives me some ideas about how to use the lovely fabric she made for us as well!).
Happy Slow Fashion October everyone!