It's a cloudy, Sunday afternoon. Andy is napping on the couch with the dogs and I'm finally finding the strength to get over my anxieties and just share my thoughts and ideas on this here new blog. I've had many online journals over the years (Xanga, LiveJournal, Blogspot, Wordpress, you get the idea) but none have really stuck with me for the long haul. I guess as people we're constantly growing and expanding outside of our self-perceptions so it makes sense that something as seemingly benign as a blog could be easily deleted then started anew.
Anyways. I digress.
This corner of the internet is new and fresh because it holds the promise of becoming a special record of my new adventure. As a maker with access to the materials needed to create a "slow fashion" wardrobe I've decided that for the next year, I will spin the yarn for my future projects or use yarn I already have squirreled away. The only exception to this will be the purchase of a very special climate-beneficial (!) wool being released by my workplace in the next few weeks.
Since I have the privilege and ability to get real granular about my participation in the sustainable wardrobe movement, I might as well actually do something to show my commitment to "slow fashion" and also hopefully learn a little bit more about the what it takes to create the materials I use to make the things that keep me warm. The way I see it, making things myself doesn't necessarily absolve me of participating in "fast fashion;" if the ranchers, shearers, scourers, and mill workers aren't being compensated fairly or given access to a safe work environment does a sweater knit from the yarn created by their hands honestly count as a "slow fashion" garment? And this doesn't even begin to get into the dregs of the environmental costs of some commercially milled fibers...
My hope is to learn more about the process of making yarn by being the one who sources and spins the fiber (as well as get to know the craft of spinning a little better as well as experiment with different kinds of fiber). I also want to just put out there that my choice in doing this is based on my privilege and ability to do so. Not everyone has the luxury to sit around pondering these sorts of things, nor does everyone have the ability to source sustainable fiber and then spin it into useable yarn. And when it comes down to it, craft should be guilt free! There's nothing wrong with using a material that may have a nebulous supply chain - but right now I want to try and be a little more mindful in my own craft practices and push outside of what's comfortable and convenient.
As I putter around this space experimenting and learning, feel free to share the knowledges you have as well as any questions that may come up. Nothing would make me happier than to have other curious makers join me on this adventure!