The lovely Karen Templar of Fringe Association (one of our favorite accessory lines at the shop) has inspired me to participate in Slow Fashion October. What's Slow Fashion October, you ask? It's all about thinking more about our wardrobes and where they come from. As a knitter, sewist, and general lover of natural fibers, this is right up my alley.
This is all inclusive and anyone can participate - regardless of if you create your own wardrobe or not, it's about about the bigger picture. Karen has (thankfully) provided a weekly theme for those of us *a-hem* that need some structure. So... here we go!
“Week” 1, October 1-4: YOU
First let’s introduce ourselves: Where are you at with all this / What first got you interested in Slow Fashion / What are your skills / What do you hope to get out of Slow Fashion October / What are your personal goals for the month / Do you have a special project you plan to tackle this month?
For those of you that don't know me, I'm Alisa. I knit and sew and just generally love creating and adding to my handmade wardrobe. For as long as I can remember, I've dabbled in creating handmade clothing - some attempts were more successful than others - and that led me to continuing my education in fashion, and eventually to my current career as an entrepreneur where fashion is at the forefront. I own LYS Firefly Fibers in Beaver Dam, WI with my husband Mike (sometimes hubby or Mr. Yarnista) where my passion for natural fibers, color and texture is fed on a regular basis.
I'll be sharing my Slow Fashion month on Instagram, Facebook, possibly Periscope (I managed to survive our first broadcast last night), I'll be chatting about it on our podcast, and, of course, I'll post about it here on the blog.
As for goals... there's so much pride, pleasure and thoughtfulness that goes into creating a garment that will be worn for years to come, so I want to add a couple items to add to my handmade wardrobe this month. I'd love to finally get to the Washi Dress with that lovely Art Gallery fabric in the photo - the yarn has long since been knit into a lovely toque, but the fabric has been staring at me for months and, I'll admit, I'm a wee bit nervous to actually cut into it. I also want to knit a sweater for myself in a new and very special yarn. More on that next week.
What do you think? Are you interested being part of Slow Fashion October? You can read more about it here and you'll find Karen's instagram feed here and the Slow Fashion October instagram feed here. I'm really excited to spend a month being inspired by others!
PS - the new Simple Knits Knitalong project will be posted in a few days next week (trust me, it will totally be worth the wait) and the next episode of our podcast will be available for you on Monday. Happy weekend everyone!