Thoughts on sustainable sewing

Not so long ago, on a long car journey, I came across an episode of the Freakonomics podcast that blew my tiny little mind. Entitled “How Can This Possibly Be True”, the episode explores a famous economic essay (bear with me) in which a pencil (yes, a pencil) makes the astonishing claim that “not a single person on the face of this earth knows how to make me.”

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WIPs and shame

I made a slightly shameful discovery this weekend.

For a few spare hours I sat on the floor of our study and lovingly sorted my stash of fabrics and yarns into a new home. Fabrics were carefully rolled and sorted into dress lengths and leftovers, and yarn was wound and sorted. Inevitably I found a few WIPs in there; projects that, for whatever reason, never really took off. Nothing so very bad in that. But here’s the shameful part: among my WIPS are three half finished hand knit sweaters. Three.

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Slow fashion story

I can be a terribly impatient crafter. For all my love of the garment-creation process, the magic of taking a design from my head and giving it shape in cloth or yarn, I also love playing dress-up. Sometimes a small part of me just wants to have new clothes to play with, and that little voice gets louder and grumpier the longer a project stays incomplete. If I’m not careful that little voice can hijack the process and cause catastrophic crafting failure in the final stages.

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Reboot

Howdy doody internet chums, how are we all doing today? Today’s blog post is a bit of a chatty ramble. As usual it is Sunday afternoon, I’ve got my current favourite podcast playing (A Playful Day), and as well as plotting this blog post I’m also making a list of craft projects. Finally. Watch out 2016, I’ve got a to do list for you.

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Back to school whites

I’m not in the market for back to school blues. Don’t get me wrong, I am pretty blue that the Christmas holiday is finally over, and that as of tomorrow my day to day existence isn’t simply about pleasing myself any more. But rather than give into some truly epic Sunday sulks, I decided to scout through our new home for a location to take photographs of my latest project.

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2015 behind the sewing machine

2015 did not turn into the mega sewing year I originally intended. What with travelling the world, changing job and moving house, there was very little room for quality time with the sewing machine. Especially during the entire month that all my sewing kit spent in moving boxes!

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Getting Koselig

At this time of year my catchphrase is cosy.

Actually, scrap that. At any time of year I like being cosy. My default mode of existence is beneath a pile of blankets, peeping out suspiciously at the cold world outside like a slightly myopic hedgehog. And what better excuse for buying and making new blankets than moving to a big, old, drafty Edwardian house?

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