Sep 18, 2012

project 333

project 333

so... i already typed out this post once, and blogger froze, so i'm just going to go back and hit the highlights of what i wrote before:

  1. on monday, i began project 333, and project where for 3 months, you don't buy anything new and you limit your wardrobe to 33 pieces. 
  2. i'm still doing PROJECT simplification, but instead of writing down what i wear every day, i'm just sticking to my 33.
  3. i'm breaking the rules a little bit by selecting 33 pieces of clothing and allowing myself to wear whatever accessories and shoes i want. in the truest version of the project, accessories and shoes are included in the 33.
  4. i only found out about this on sunday, and the fall phase of the project started monday, so above is what i have selected so far (plus the clothes i'm currently wearing): an adorable, fair trade cotton dress from mata traders, and a cropped sweater i knitted a couple years ago.
  5. you can get more details about project 333 from their website or their facebook page.
what do you think about project 333? are you in? check back soon for more about my P333!

Sep 2, 2012

september knitting challenge: terra linda cardigan

image via ravelry

my ever-expanding yarn stash is the inspiration for a challenge to myself and to you, dear reader. i am going to attempt to complete at least one new knitting project every month, and i want you to try it with me. each month i'll start a new project; you can do the same one, or you can choose one of your liking. i like choosing a project that feels right for the month. september is when things start cooling down and nights might get a touch chilly in my part of the world, so it's an ideal time for a cozy-but-not-bulky cardigan. rosemary (romi) hill's terra linda cardigan from knitscene fall 2012 is the perfect september cardigan with its 3/4 sleeves (warm but not too warm) and lace yoke (rustic without being bulky). i'm knitting mine in stitch nation's washable ewe in zinnia (a bright pink), but you can use the malabrigo suggested (how luxurious!), or you could use a different worsted weight wool. i scored a ton of stitch nation yarn in a clearance at joann fabrics, so you'll probably see so many stitch nation projects in the coming months that you'll swear i must have a sponsorship.

to stay on track for an end-of-the-month finish, make sure you pick your project, buy your supplies, check that gauge, and cast on this week. 

want to take the september knitting challenge? leave a comment below with your project stats, and i'll link to any blog posts or ravelry posts you send me. send me pictures of your progress as we go, and i'll incorporate those into future blog posts.

introducing... PROJECT simplification

if you're anything like me, you have a lot of stuff. so much, in fact, that you have a hard time putting your hand on the things you need when you need them. maybe you are sometimes tempted to buy yet more stuff to deal with what you already own. are you sick of exerting so much effort for what is really just stuff? have you ever daydreamed about the calm, serene homes you see in lifestyle and decor magazines? well, my friends, the solution is not better organization. it's simplification.

it's time to lighten our loads.

maybe you're also a little bit like me in that you've gone on big decluttering kicks before only to 'relapse' only a few months later. i've been there, and it isn't cute. in fact, it's where i am right now. 'PROJECT simplification' is a system that i've devised for myself to make changes mindfully instead of manically. the goal is a little bit like a taoist paradox:

i want to feel like i have more by having less.

this isn't a weekend project. it's a month-long project that you could easily expand out to a season-long project. there won't be instant gratification, but the pay-off at the end will be huge. consider yourself officially invited to simply your life right alongside me.

are you onboard? ok, then, let's get this party started...

in the first month of 'PROJECT simplification,' we'll look at some of the biggest trouble areas for the average woman: clothes, accessories, and makeup. there are 3 easy steps for you to take to get started:

STEP ONE: don't buy anything new.
just don't. it defeats the purpose, and it just adds more 'noise' to an already-messy problem.

STEP TWO: write down what you wear every day.
make sure you note any accessories you wore, from jewelry to your choice of bag and shoes. much like you might track your expenses for a month before making a budget, we're going to track our clothing choices for a month to see how much of our wardrobes we're actually wearing. we'll then use this data to determine what should stay and what should go. stay on top of laundry. if you find yourself wearing things you don't even like because you forgot to do laundry, that's not reliable data.

STEP THREE: cut the contents of your makeup bag down to the bare essentials.
don't throw anything away yet. just pick out your most basic essentials, put them in your makeup bag, and then put everything else out of sight. anything you end up pulling out of storage over the course of the month is a keeper. anything you didn't use all month is a goner. need some help determining your basic essentials? check out stylelist's beauty street style archives to see some ladies who look fabulous with just a few products.

are you joining in on the fun? 
please feel free to post the logo below on your blog (and please link it back to me!), then comment on this post that you've joined the project. i'll add your name and URL to my 'PROJECT simplication' page.

send me some feedback! are these 3 steps easier than you anticipated? harder? do you find yourself wearing more of your clothes just you can stop writing down 'jeans and t-shirt'? have you made any modifications to the 3 steps to make them work better for you? i would love to hear how things are going for you!