slow fashion october goals revisited
i am so grateful to karen templer for conceiving of and organizing slow fashion october. it has been an incredible month of inspiration and conversation. it motivated me to set a few goals for the month based around mindful crafting. i chose to focus on taking three items of clothing already in my minimal october wardrobe and making them more "cherishable". i was able to dye my cream dress indigo, embroider my olive button-down, and alter my see-sun top slightly.
i also wanted to knit hats and/or cowls for people who would appreciate them. i hoped to make 10 of them. with this goal "out there", i was able to stay motivated and accomplish it! i actually have 11 hats finished and ready to go! i really am thankful for the accountability all of you provided me. :)
crafting gives me so much…creative exercise, sense of purpose, something to do with my hands, mental space to think, and a sense of accomplishment. what i did not need it to give me this month was more stuff. i am grateful to have found a way to receive all the benefits of crafting while simply making the clothing i already own better and making for others.
i love making hats. i had yarn. i had time…time waiting at cello lessons, time between teaching school lessons, time to sit in the afternoons listening to podcasts, time in the evenings chatting or watching a show, and plenty of time riding in the car to and from a special wedding three states away. it was fun trying out two new patterns, putting colors together, and figuring out a simple pattern that i really like.
these hats were made with the intention of being given away, and here they all are…ready to go to the christmas bureau in our community. low-income neighbors will be able to shop for christmas clothing, toys, food and other gifts at the bureau. i hope that someone picks up each one of these hats and feels like it was made especially for them. it was. :)
I was feeling like I hadn't made the most of Slow Fashion October since all I've done is to try on my clothes as they surface in the rotation, keep the ones that make me feel good, and put those that don't aside for donation. I thought my goal was too small. But reading your post made me feel like I made a goal that fit my month, something I could accomplish. Thank you. I've got a nice pile of clothes and shoes someone else can use and a smaller wardrobe of garments that make me happy. Thanks again. Love your hats, and I am confident that the recipients of them will feel like they were made just for them.
SUCH a good use of slow fashion october! slowly appreciating your clothing and releasing what you don't need…love that! and i love that you ended up with a smaller wardrobe that makes you happier than before…and others will benefit too! thank you so much for sharing! :)
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