Here's to a new year!
So here I am sitting on my couch, drinking a coffee my cat may have gotten the first sip of (well at least a lap of the foam), enjoying a beautiful morning and thinking about the new year.
So now its time to think about what I'm going to get done in 2017, and I've been thinking this for a while. My "year" kinda started back in October. With my job, which is so focused on the summer, I've been writing 2017 on files since I wrapped up last summer's paperwork. Also, with the way my time runs, I try to get my WIPs done as I head into the summer, because I know that I just don't have time for them in the summer (although that is something I would really like to change) and I get recharged in September once I'm back to a more 9-5 life.
So, with that in mind, here are my goals for 2017.
Make Something that Means Something
So, I'm more of a process knitter, which means I'm not as interested in the thing I'm making as I am in making it. This means that I end up making a whole bunch of things I can't really use and I give away, which is great, but I want to make things that mean things to me.
To that end I already have an unofficial goal, finish a sweater for me that fits me! I made myself a vest a few years back, that doesn't really fit me well (it always falls off my shoulders), but I tried on Carla's Mailin when I was home for Christmas and the yoke/sweatshirt style fit like a dream. It was more tailored on me that it was on her (or the model) but it is going to look really great in the Georgian Bay Fibre Co Bayfield Aran in Granite (a dark grey).
I'm hoping that by making something that means something I will feel more motivated to create.
Make Slow Fashion
One of the big revelations for me in 2016 was how much how what I wear informs how I feel about myself. I pared down my wardrobe, found a store where I could find clothes that fit properly and feel like myself (Torrid, they have my size and if you dig they have some amazing stuff). However, the clothes I'm buying are intended as Fast Fashion. While I'm fortunate in that I can afford the cash to buy good quality clothing, my size (anywhere from an 18 to a 24 depending on brand, store and part of body) makes buying the kinds of heirloom pieces I'm looking for very difficult. So, the solution is to make them myself.
I'm a bit intimidated by the process. Coming face to face with your own body is a hard to thing to do when you've been running from it since puberty, but that's why I'm taking it slow, starting with a great wool sweater (see above goal) and then seen what else I can make.
It's funny, turning 30 a few years back was a big one for me, because I spend most of my 20s feeling kinda shitty about my body, but I decided when I couldn't afford to feel terrible about myself. This body of mine can do amazing things and I needed to give it the respect that it deserves. Since then it has helped me do great things! So I want to honour it with good looking, fitting and ethical clothing.
Make the World Around Me
This one is more about the whole person who is doing the making. In the past few months I've really started to jump in. That hasn't always been my way. But if I can turn the heel on a sock, I can make new friends, I can make my world somewhere I want to live. This means being positive and truthful on social media/blogs, this means making time to for things that matter to me and making sure that I don't waste my time on things that don't.
Making is such an important concept. I have the ability to make and I want to apply it to my whole world.
So here's to 2017, with all the terrifying and joyful challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.