It is supposedly springtime. Nebraska hasn’t gotten the memo yet. We got a solid 4 inches of snow last night and at 10 a.m. it has just stopped snowing. This after being almost 60 degrees F yesterday at lunch time.
The snow means I have an excuse to be inside and working on things for Little Hawk Yarns. Although, I’m not in my actual office/studio because in putting in a new outlet somehow my husband took the power away from all the other outlets in the basement. We haven’t chased it down yet. Honestly it makes no sense because of how the power should be flowing… That is a whole other story though so I won’t get into electrical troubleshooting here. What it boils down to is that I don’t have light in my area, or power for my computer, or for my sewing machine, or anything else that plugs in.
I normally like to put something on Netflix on my computer and get to work either spinning, knitting, sewing, or making dryer balls. That isn’t happening at the moment. I’m glad I have a laptop. I brought it upstairs so I can take care of the emails and my blog. Later I’ll have to bring up dryer ball supplies because I have a big order of those to take care of.
I’m in the process of getting a summer schedule lined out. Fiber fairs close to me are few and far between. Trying to decide what will be the best possible venues within reasonable travel distances. Unsure at this point.
In addition to scheduling for my business I’m working on plans of making my wardrobe. I’ve been fascinated by the Slow Fashion movement for some time now. I finally have a little better sewing machine so I can add to sewn garments, not just knitted ones. Also, I have two more sewing machines coming to me. One is an old treadle machine from the early 1900’s and the other is a Singer Industrial machine from about the 1960’s. Not sure if the treadle machine is still completely functional. My mom, who is giving me the machines, thinks there was something wrong with it when it got put into storage, but she can’t remember what that was. Now I get to put my mechanic skills to work on this.
So why have I decided to do this Slow Fashion? Because it makes no sense for me as a maker to buy my clothes from the big box stores that in all likelihood are using underpaid people to make their clothes and although they are inexpensive monetarily it seems they are costing us dearly in the long run. In many ways that I’m not prepared to discuss at the moment.
I’m continuously having to replace clothing that isn’t that old. Jeans are next to impossible to keep intact for long. I don’t mind repairing jeans, but they generally aren’t made of good enough material to warrant repair. Plus, most of the clothing doesn’t fit well. It is made for mannequins and I am not that shape. And, in order to purchase the type of clothing I’d really like to own I would need to be rich, or sew my own. So, I am going to learn to sew garments.
Will it be inexpensive to do so? Nope. Fabric is not cheap, especially good quality fabric. But as a maker and supporter of small producers I am willing to spend a bit more and get exactly what I want. No, I won’t pony up big bucks right away. I will buy muslin fabric to start with while I find the patterns that will work for me. Eventually I will buy the nice linens and denim I want.
I suppose this all ties into my store in that I cannot bring myself to just go along with the norm of buying cheap everything all the time. I like high quality tools, garments, and yarns. I want to reflect that in my everyday life in addition to the lines I carry in my store.