31 August 2011

Moon and stars sweater

Best sweater ever!!!

On my etsy now!  
Vintage handknit celestial moon & stars sweater with oversized slouchy fit.  Perfect!

25 August 2011

How to tie scarves a bunch of ways!

I found this cute video on Marga B.'s knitting/crochet blog; it shows how to tie your scarves a bunch of different ways. Anyone else getting excited for fall??

 Also, today is the 10-year anniversary of Aaliyah's death; so sad!!  I've loved her since I was in middle school.  I had to wear my shirt as a tribute to her. 

 RIP babygirl!!

08 August 2011

"The Tyranny of Trends" : found on Etsy's Blog

Please read this article (found on etsy's blog) concerning the multi-layered negative environmental and human impact resulting from the global culture of consumerism that has emerged over the past decades.  Charty Durrant echoes many of my concerns with the "fast fashion" culture that relies on sweatshop labor and massive pollution to continue.  I almost wrote "to sustain itself" before correcting myself: this system is not sustainable and is irresponsible, causing so, so much harm and suffering. 

From her article:
"The fashion industry’s pollution problems are multi-layered, and the cost is human and environmental; from unsustainable farming practices, uncontrolled pesticide use and toxic dyes to the squandering and contamination of global water reserves and the concerns over textile landfill, the debate gets ever more complex. It has been estimated that it takes 800 litres of water to grow the cotton for just one pair of jeans.

The trend for organic cotton over the past few years, though well-meaning, is not the whole solution, as cotton is a very thirsty crop. While some ethical designers provide good-quality, fairly traded organic cotton garments, this move has been used unscrupulously as a token gesture by the fashion industry to appease concerned consumers whilst other, unsustainable manufacturing processes continue unabated."

All of this contributes to why I choose to use exclusively recycled & vintage materials; I can salvage textiles that were discarded and avoid contributing to this nightmarish system.  When you choose recycled/handmade/vintage over new, your decision helps the environment and you can sleep at night knowing you haven't contributed to the mistreatment of garment workers.

04 August 2011

Sale for August!

I decided to extend my 20% off sale through August; just enter code AGOSTO at checkout for 20% off any item in the shop!

Look no further for your fall knits; you have found the source!

01 August 2011

Don't blame me, blame it on my wild heart

Manual machine-knit shrug, recycled acid green cotton with blue/gold/olive viscose, 2011.

I made an identical one for myself too cuz I fell in love with this one!  (I can make any color; just ask!)