My love of my new plaid flannel shirt aside, I am a Pacific NorthWesterner at heart. My return to the Seattle area, the city of my childhood, feels like a return home in more ways than I could have imagined. The grey, drizzly winter days feel comforting. The evergreen trees feel grounding. The friendly people feel welcoming. The mountains and water all around feel calming.
In the PNW I am home. We won’t have a house of our own for months – we are living in furnished rentals and housesitting for at least a few more months – and yet I feel like I’m home in a way that I never did in San Francisco, even after 7 years of living there.
Of course my return to the PNW will have an influence on my sewing – I know there are more plaid flannel shirts in order and at least one raincoat. I need some more long sleeve shirts and definitely some more cardigans. I need warmer and drier clothes than I did in San Francisco. I also need more summer clothes as SF doesn’t get a summer, so there will definitely be more sundresses in order this summer. Time will tell if more of the PNW than the weather will influence my sewing.
If I think about it, I’ve already been influenced by the PNW. I’ve seen a lot of plaid here, and even if it’s on trend this season, plaid has always been strong in the PNW. My haircut, while pretty unique in much of the world, is pretty similar to a lot of other hair here – it’s close to the girl version of Macklemore hair (which is all over this city!).
Is there a part of the world that feels like home to you in a way that nowhere else does? Is it where you grew up? Do you live there now?
Does where you live influence your sewing?
Each week this year I’m going to reflect on an aspect of myself and how it affects me as a sewist, crafter, or blogger. It may get deep, it may get emotional, it may get totally silly. It may be something I’m proud of, it may be something I cringe at, it may be something I aspire to. I may say a lot, I may say a little, I may ask questions, I may not answer them. I don’t quite know where the project will take me, but I’m excited about the journey. I’d be honored to have you join me on this journey. Chime in any time this year in my blog comments, on Twitter, Instagram, or your own blog. Join me in my theme for the week or make up your own.