A couple of weeks ago I scored a complimentary ticket from the kindly folks at Linton Tweeds (swoon) to attend the Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate. I cannot tell you how much I was looking forward to a day off of mummy duties; petting yarn and getting elbow deep in the fabrics at Linton and Rosenbergs.
But as the date drew nearer, that feeling began to change.
I’d made a list of the things I really ‘needed’ for the sewing room. Some silk thread for handstitching. Some more needles for the overlocker. Interfacing….yes definitely need some of that.
The show opened on the Thursday and my Instagram feed filled up with all my favourite suppliers tempting me with their amazing stands, fabulous fabrics and pretty patterns. But I couldn’t get away from the niggling feeling that I didn’t really want to go to the show after all.
In the end I gave the ticket to a friend and she had a super time.
It’s taken till this morning to realise that the niggling feeling was, in fact, my inner voice stopping me from unpicking all the good work I’ve done over the last 12 months or so, slowly purging the stuff I’m not going to use. Fabric and yarn bought on a whim, that isn’t really anything I would wear now. Fabrics that have been passed to me from someone else’s stash clearance.
There are another 2 bags of books and one of yarn waiting to go to a crafty friend who will make good use of stuff that I wont.
It feels to me that stash is like weight….really easy to put on….less so to get rid of!
I’d also recently made a quick list of stuff I want to make over the winter. Or, more accurately, of fabric in my stash that is winter appropriate and patterns in my stash that I can use to sew it up. There is more than enough fabric to keep me going, and I have all the patterns I need to make it happen.
I have yarn for 5 pairs of socks (I don’t mind having sock yarn in….I always have a sock on the go), a cardigan for hubby, a hat and mitts for me, and a sweater for Summer. That’ll keep me busy for a while!
With all this surplus being removed, and knowing that even if we’re snowed in for the winter I have enough to keep me occupied, I felt so uncomfortable at the thought of adding more back into the mix. It would likely just get me back to square one and start the whole cycle again, which is wasteful and stressful, and not where I am in my sewing journey.
As I have less sewing time at the moment, a season that I’m trying hard to embrace, I also want to revisit my skills and sew better. I have some plans in my head for how that might happen, but stockpiling fabric and yarn no longer feels joyous.
When I started sewing I bought on a project by project basis, and whilst I’m probably never going to go entirely back to that model, my conspicuous consumption of fabric and yarn over the last few years really isn’t a model that works for me any more*
It’s been an interesting weekend as I’ve worked this out. My sewing practice is definitely in an odd place at the moment….a place of flux and evolution. And, it would seem, my sewing related shopping habits are in the same place.
I’m interested to see how this develops. Watch this space!
* This is definitely a personal view. I know there are some amazing and inspirational stashes out there and if that floats your boat, no judgement here!