Joining in at Fringe Association for Slow Fashion October. I'm thinking about need versus want right now, as we head into holiday season. I'm trying to scale down what I buy and what I wish for so that I focus more on enjoying what I have instead of longing for what I don't have. This is not a huge mind-set change, more of a honing in more mindfully on what I've always been thinking but have not always been living.
I usually knit holiday gifts, but this year most people will get a handmade gift as the main thing rather than an 'add-on' to other gifts. So far I've knit some hats (some started in the summer), both from Babycocktails Tiki collection:
cowl for a friend's birthday that needs to be done by the 9th (so not so slow after all!):
I don't sew (used to but it wasn't for me, mostly because I don't have a space to keep things out until they are done, and packing away everything/unpacking again the next day was tedious), but I do cook. We usually go out for dinner when we have a sitter or when kids go to grandparents', but this time we stayed in. I bought a book for inspiration (author's blog isNot Without Salt) and made three dishes from two menus.
Dinner at home, at our pace, for a fraction of the cost at a restaurant seems to fit with the theme for me. Spend less, enjoy more. For me, that's the driving thought behind my Slow(er) October.