So much has happened since I last wrote. I have been knitting and crocheting and felting and sewing and keeping busy and making things and then postage rates soared which damaged my shop and I got a proper job and I’m trying to find a home for me and my 20 Paws…
I have a problem.
I cannot stop making the Sailor Top by Fancy Tiger.
Since I’m VERY new to pattern drafting, I decided to just go with their measurements and not make any adjustments. I’m glad I did! My first one (random yellow cotton from a fabric market ) fit perfectly!
Then, I made another one with Nani Iro double-gauze in Bed Grass Cozy B from MondaysMilk. So, so happy that it worked out too as I was saving the Nani for the right project.
And the third was some random fabric from a market (love the markets here!) in bright red with little flowers peppered throughout. Something happened either in the cutting, seaming or gathering that made the front too bulky at the top…it looked odd. So, I made a fold, sewed it in place along the left side and added some complementary buttons. Problem solved.
The next one ~might~ have a pocket.
Keep yourself warm with a new scarf or cowl with a 15% discount sale until 2 November in my Etsy shop. Customized color changes too!
Recently I saw a disturbing photo of an extremely emaciated polar bear. I seriously re-evaluated some of the things I do and don’t do.
One of the things I’ve done with spell it with PEAS from the beginning is to reuse and recycle as much as I can. I turn box lids into shipping boxes; reuse boxes that come into my home for outgoing shipping; save bubble wrap, linings and plastic bags; I stuff some of the pillows I make with yarn ends; I reuse fabric scraps; I ride my bike to the post office and even the yarn I use and sell the most of is recycled from the textile industry.
So, I found it difficult (yet, enlightening) to reply to an email from the ONLY customer who has ever mentioned my shipping practices. She felt that I should further enhance my image with better packaging. She meant well. When asked she said, I should consider using coloured tissue paper, stickers and boxes (all brand new) instead of the recycled items I’ve used. She was happy with the care I took to make sure her items weren’t damaged on their long journey, happy with the items and even left positive feedback. But I think of that polar bear and imagine how much more damage could be done to our planet if I actually followed through on such a request.
There is a part of me that would love to have green tissue paper, trinkets and specially-made boxes with my beautiful, bright logo on it —I am a sucker for good marketing materials, but I can’t resign myself to accepting that sort of (un)focused use of the world’s resources.
I asked her: What did you do with the packaging once you retrieved your items from the swaths of newsprint and re-used bubble wrap? You know the answer…one word: Landfill. Perhaps our encounter has also enlightened her too.
So, here at spell it with PEAS —inspired by nature— I promise to continue recycling and reusing as much as I possibly can. If you have more ideas, I’d love to hear them!