I was updating my Handmade Gallery page recently, and it got me thinking about my knitted and sewn output. (You can access my Handmade Gallery at the top of my blog – it’s a pictorial summary of everything I’ve made and posted on the blog to date.) Although I’ve a few garments made up and waiting to be photographed/blogged, so far this year my output is dramatically reduced from years previous.
In 2018, I made 29 garments (more on this in 2018 in Creations), down from 31 in 2017. That’s just over a garment a fortnight. This year, I’ve only blogged 5 creations, or 1 a month. Now, this is mostly due to poor health affecting how much I can knit and sew (and blog!), but I’ve also been contemplating how I want what I create to fit into my wardrobe.
This is both in the literal sense (I only have so much storage space!) and in the meaning that I want to create clothes and accessories I will actually wear. I’ve done some ruthless culling of my clothes lately, in recognition of the fact that so much of it were items that I don’t (or can’t) wear anymore.
I thought I’d turfed a lot of handmade items, but it seems only 8 (or 29.6%) of my 2018 creations hit the donate/sell pile, leaving 19 remaining. That’s pretty good considering just how much I got rid of!
Now that my sewing and knitting time is limited, and my wardrobe somewhat streamlined, I’m aiming to sew and knit things with the intent purpose of getting a lot of wear out of them. I’m all too readily sucked into the latest making trends (must. not. make. jumpsuit.) and need to really keep myself in line to make sure the garments fresh off the sewing machine/needles actually get worn.
This also means not planning too far ahead. It might seem counter-intuitive, but I have a habit of thinking wayyyyyy too far into the future (hello, fellow anxious people?) and planning my creations out there too. By the time I’ve finished all my recent projects, whatever I had planned usually doesn’t seem practical or interesting to me anymore, so I end up selling the fabric/yarn or making something I don’t wear (which gets sold/donated).
So I’m just going to work on what I have planned for the immediate future, and let the rest slide. Let’s face it – I’m working at a turtle’s pace right now, as my illness isn’t exactly letting me burn through projects anymore! Next up in my queue is a simple top-down, seamless jumper, perhaps in the style of Ysolda’s Blank Canvas; and maybe some winter shirts. Button up shirts are one garment I can never have too many of!