For you statistics wonks, I'm posting a tally of 2013 projects that I bothered to document on my spreadsheet.
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I clearly need to improve my selfish and
I've done a lousy job on the Stuff Diet, too. How did I use only 98.5 yards to make 98 (92 sewn, 6 knitted) things? It seems that I did a fair amount of refashioning and working with recycled materials in 2013. Developing a reputation for refashioning can be dangerous. People keep bringing me stuff to refashion.
I spent one month helping my mom move out of her house and settle into a much smaller apartment in a more convenient location. She sent me home with over two dozen event t-shirts collected over the last 20 years. I refashioned them into about 10 long-sleeved t-shirts. My doctor has just offered a dozen more shirts left behind by her sons when they moved out.
I purchased or brought home (through free share tables) 246 yards of fabric and used 98.5. I measure fabric when I bring it into the house and before I cut it. Even optimistically allowing 10% for shrinkage because I prewash all of my fabric one or twice before cutting, that still leaves an embarrassingly large net increase.
The $$ doesn't bother me because most of the fabric I buy is industrial waste purchased from odd jobbers for $1-6/pound. Furthermore, I sew most of Iris' and my clothing and sew for friends and strangers, too. My sewing studio just needs more breathing room. I will give away some stuff to good homes until I find a comfortable and workable balance.
Let's not get into the UFO (unfinished object) count. Why did I finish only one (unblogged, too!) sweater and leave four sweaters awaiting a few hours worth of seaming/finishing work? I'll write more about this sweater later. It's fantastic. I love it. Even Iris likes it.
Iris has taken up making and I need to rearrange the sewing room to accommodate two makers and our ongoing projects. This may involve hiring a handyman and more IKEA kitchen cabinets. It will definitely involve giving stuff away to make more room.
Right now, we're making soft-circuit bracelets with LEDs and felt. That means I can't sew until we finish that up and put those materials away. We had some engineering design disagreements and the fact that I wanted to do more research before proceeding to cut. She actually said, "Now I understand why you are a theoretical physicist." How sharper than a serpents tooth…
I had the self control not to bring up the Dunning-Kruger effect.