Fairtrade Treasure

2 Oct

I think anyone who knits would agree that you become a lot more critical of shop bought knits once you know how to make them.  I very rarely buy knitted items, so when I do, they tend to be pretty special.

This is a cardigan we bought for Dougie while we were visiting Door County.  When stopping at Sturgeon Bay we stopped at a fabulous fairtrade shop.  They had a delightful range of children’s fairtrade knits in bright colours made by a women’s cooperative in Ecuador.  The hardest part was choosing a palette for my fair haired little boy, but D and I both fell in love with the retro colouring of this one.

It has such sweet details like double knit hems and sturdy seams, making it feel like a real hard wearing cardigan for a busy boy.  The bulky yarn is a slightly felted tweeded mix of cotton and wool, warm, but machine washable.

While in an ideal world I would have the time, yarn and inclination to knit all of my son’s jumpers I feel happy to put my money towards something handmade that we will treasure and last to pass down to children to come.


3 Responses to “Fairtrade Treasure”

  1. denise October 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    What a cute little boy – and a great find!

  2. oaxacaborn October 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    Wow, that’s a really lovely sweater. Love the colour scheme!

    • Mel October 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

      Me too, so retro!

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