Karen Templar’s slow fashion posts have prompted me to question buying new clothes. Not that I have ever been a fashionista — I live in rural n.w. Wisconsin, FFS, and jeans are appropriate attire for pretty much anywhere I go. My standard shopping places are WalMart (gak! but it’s the only place within 50 miles that sells clothing), Target, Kohl’s, and Fleet Farm (yup), plus L.L. Bean for flannel-lined jeans and plaid flannel shirts. I already have quite enough clothes to last me for perhaps the rest of my life, so why buy anything new? I may revive my long-dormant sewing skills (I made many of my own clothes when in h.s., back when dinosaurs roamed the earth) to fill in some holes, and I will undoubtedly have to buy new jeans eventually, but otherwise… nope. (Let’s see how long this lasts.)
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In related news, I have found that I seem to have quite enough cowls and scarves and shawlettes, not to mention hat&scarf sets and fingerless gloves. Whenever I try to imagine the perfect item to knit from a perfectly lovely skein of merino or cashmere or alpaca, I come up empty. There are perhaps two colors of scarf/cowl/shawlette that I could use, a red thing and a blue thing; beyond that I am pretty well set. To make matters worse, I also seem to have enough pairs of hand-knit socks. Oh, yeah, I will probably make a few more pairs, but really, I do not actually need them; it will be more of an effort to use up (most of) a few skeins of sock yarn.
There seem to me to be two possible solutions to this dilemma:
- Stop knitting and give away my stash. This is, of course, a complete non-starter.
- Focus on knitting for others. Hmm…
That second option has a couple sub-options:
A. Knit for my family. Problem: none of them want my hand-knitted socks or other garments. Both sons and Smokey are too hot-blooded to wear wool, period. Elder Son’s girlfriend and daughter(s) are potential recipients, however.
B. Knit non-garments for my family. This is a possibility, particularly given that I currently have four (4!) afghans OTN.
C. Knit for charity, causes like the Pine Ridge reservation or Afghans for Afghans. Children’s sweaters are a definite possibility. I already have a couple in my head.
D. Knit for local causes. Preemie caps, yup. Silent auctions, yup. Craft sales, maybe; our local population is, to say the least, economically challenged, so the market — and prices — are limited.
I should add that I have
four five sweater-quantities of particular yarns in my stash, so it’s not like I will never knit for myself again. Will I actually knit those four five sweaters? Stay tuned…