The shaky, shaky global economy is looming large in the collective consciousness, and I am sure that you, like me, are feeling the pinch a little, or maybe a lot. I am going to say this is a post about green issues, and recycling, and ways to consume less. It is. But it is also a post about knitting, which, other than yoga, is my way to stay sane and centred. Knitting, especially the knitting of simple things, is much like using a rosary or mala – you slide stitches from one needle to the other and think your thoughts, and after a while you aren’t thinking any more, just…being. What a relief!
Now to the green issue, in particular the making of one’s own clothes.
It’s a good idea because:
- You know the item wasn’t mass produced.
- You only have to worry about the ethics of the yarn or fabric production (shorter supply chain, less complicated.)
- You know the person making it (you) lives in enough comfort and safety to make clothes as a hobby. No sweatshops here.
- You value the item more because you worked hard on it, and are therefore less likely to have a throwaway mentality regarding it.
And the recycling of clothes – well, this skirt in the pic below is just an awkward length. OK for conservative Chennai, but at home, whenever I put it on, I feel the proportions are wrong. I feel like a frump unless I wear it with high heels and a tight top.
So I combined knitting, pattern from Twinkle’s Weekend Knits, and that skirt, and voila:
Completely new outfit. Right proportions. Yay!
I knitted this a while ago; I am mostly just knitting toys for children in need right now – that’s what my ‘ Granny Group’ does, and since I only seem to knit when we meet up, that’s what I knit. The toys benefit the charity Seconds to Give, started by some folks in their living rooms and continuing in that way, growing from strength to strength. They are a very inspiring bunch of karma yogis.