The second week into the project & I’m having my doubts. Can I really keep this up every week? What about when finals time swings around? Perhaps during those times I can focus on making simpler things, like tackling a new recipe.
Won’t I get tired of making things for myself all the time? Since I was raised in a materialistic family, I probably won’t get bored too soon, but I also don’t want to accumulate too much. This might be a good excuse to start making things for others. I get very embarrassed when I look into my closet & then look into my boyfriend’s- I’ve got so much stuff already! How does he manage to survive with so little?
But, my closet is full of things I don’t wear. I find myself going back to the same old outfits, partly because it’s easier & comfortable, partly because it can be like visiting old friends (for re-experiencing the feeling that wearing a great outfit can give you), & partly because I feel stuck in a rut. Oh, that old shirt again- I haven’t really worn it in awhile, but I can’t get rid of it because what if I want to wear it again soon? I think if I convert my closet to mostly things I’ve made & am proud of, I will be less afraid to get rid of old clothing. This, I suppose, is ironic- I’m making things to get rid of things! But I really believe if I make things I love, I’ll be more willing to get rid of things I’m ambivalent towards. It will also hopefully mean I use everything in my closet instead of just staring at it every now & then as I wage a war in my head (Keep it! Toss it! Donate it to a thrift shop! But I’ll NEED it one day!).
Recently, I’ve been a little obsessed with making hoodies- which actually has nothing to do with Trayvon Martin. I finally got this pattern I had seen & coveted months ago & have already made it up twice in one week. Here is the second & final rendition, at least until I find some heavier knit fabric I like.
This mini-obsession is rather a good thing because I have a few older hoodies that are really starting to look their age. So, in accordance with my closet makeover goals, I’m off to a good start. It’s also nice to be able to justify the “need” to make something.
This week I also rearranged my garden & sowed dozens of seeds. It was a train wreck. Really. And somehow I cleared everything up, organized all my junk & sowed a bunch of seeds in just two hours.
Maybe I shouldn’t be so worried about keeping up the pace with which I make things- I seem to be going full steam ahead. And this is, after all, supposed to be fun.