Oct 1, 2015

Slow Fashion October

I am so excited that it's October, one of my favorite months of the year.  While I always love when the calendar turns to this month, I'm especially thrilled because I'm participating in #slowfashionoctober, the brainchild of Karen Templer who I've admired since she first had her pop-up shop many moons ago.  I don't think she even expected that small gesture to become the beautiful (and necessary) Fringe Supply Co. that it is today.  

So, what exactly is Slow Fashion October?  Well, Karen explained it best so you can read about it in detail here.  As for me, I'm hoping my participation will help get me back to writing my blog, push me to take my crafting skills to another level, and curate a mindful closet.  I know, these are really high expectations but hey, I'm always up for a challenge! Now, without further ado, here's my contribution to Week One:  YOU.

I'm Evelyn and have been knitting in earnest for the past 10 years although, like many, I learned to knit as a child.  My mother is a phenomenal knitter who, to this day, doesn't read patterns but rather reads knitting.  She reminds me of musicians who play by ear ~ the woman knits by sight, and I'd love to get to that level where I can look at a sweater and re-create it merely by touch.  I think of myself as a solid knitter but for the last few years, I've been wanting to step up my game and tackle some techniques that have eluded me.  My mother is also an amazing sewist, but sadly that skill didn't float down to me. This is something I would especially like to remedy during this month.  I am in awe of my knitting friends who also sew beautiful, hand-tailored clothes (yes, Gail, I'm talking about you!), and this is one of my goals.  

Slow Fashion October will give me a focused time frame to think about design, fiber, and making. My main goal for this event is to turn those skeins of yarn up above into a pullover for my teenage daughter (of my own design).  If I can also knit or sew a new top for me, that would be incredible.  Beyond that, the rest will be icing!

Follow my progress here and on my instagram feed.


  1. I'm happy you're making an attempt to come back here. Your mum sounds awesome. Gail is fabulous. My mum is a sewer first and foremost. That didn't trickle down to me but maybe when the tween receives her new, birthday sewing machine from her Bella and Big Pop today.

  2. that's so cool that you are doing slow fashion October! I find the fall is usually my busiest time, so I can't ever jump on any of the month-long projects that seem to start up around this time of year, but I'll live vicariously though the hashtag. I love knitting things, but I'm not a sewer, either- I find it oddly frustrating, and I don't know why.

  3. Gosh, this makes me want to come and spend a week just sewing and knitting with you! One of these days, my friend!