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The Jean Slippers
The Liza Vest
The Elly Sweater
Our mission in motion
We source around the world for the finest natural materials, create elegant modern designs, and then combine them into a simple all-in-one kit.
We believe in the power of people, that anyone can knit, and anything can be knitted. With every kit, it comes with easy to follow instructions and links to how-to videos.
We do our best to make every decision mindfully of our environment and the people that we come in contact with. We aspire to enhance people’s lives in everything we do along the way.
We start with the raw materials and let nature inspire us.
We focus on creating designs that are timeless, refined, and functional. They are made for everyday wear for the modern wo/man.
We chose knitwear because it is always made to measure hence it creates little to no waste compared to clothes cut from fabric.
Our yarn mill works with local alpaca farmers and selects the best breeds from the breeders, improving the quality of the fiber and increasing the number of Alpacas in the region naturally is another way of showing our commitment to sustainability.
Our research and development center's commitment to balancing technology advancement and genetically improvement of the fiber is second to none. By combining tradition with innovation our noble yarns are the best in class.
Made in America Knitting Needles:
The knitting needles are made from sustainably harvested birch wood in California by a small family owned business. Birch wood is light weight and smooth. It has the added benefit of being quiet and warm to the touch which creates the ultimate knitting experience.
The excellence of Alpaca yarns:
- Alpaca does not contain lanolin, so it is hypo-allergenic
- It is naturally water and flame resistant
- It resists odor
- It has superb breathability
- It is resistant to pilling and will not shrink if proper care is given
- It comes in a variety of beautiful colors naturally which eliminates a layer of color dyeing process
- It is luxurious and soft like cashmere, but more resilient and wrinkle resistant
- It is shinier, smoother, stronger and warmer than wool
Alpaca’s fleeces come in many beautiful natural colors. We wanted to highlight the exceptional beauty of them so we decided to produce 6 stunning essential colors that are as minimally processed as possible to make them even more environmentally friendly.
The designs: Versatility is key
The Bailey Hat and scarf set. One set, wear them two ways.
The Addison Hat and Infinity Scarf Set. One size can fit ALL. :)
The Whitney Cardigan. Wear it closed, wear it open. The decision is yours.
The Health Benefits of Knitting
Click here to see full article from The New York Times Jan 2016
Data has Shown
- It improves your mood, mind and body
- It keeps you in the present- here and now
- It has the same benefits of meditation
- It gives you a sense of pride
- Knitting is awesome, just ask your fellow celebrities like Cara Delevingne, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ryan Gosling, Cameron Diaz and many more!
Real People and Real Testimonials
from the Craft Yarn Council
How knitting can improve your mood, mind and body
"Is knitting therapeutic? Heck yes. It’s a proven scientific fact, just like we know chocolate and red wine are good for us. Since turning my life over to yarn, I’ve talked to thousands of knitters who claim it’s cured everything from gout to their weight problems. I can’t speak to all cures, but it can certainly improve one’s mental health. I know it helps mine.”
So says Clara Parkes, author of the just-released book The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections of a Life in Knitting and the founder and publisher of KnittersReview.com.
In 2007, Renee Magee was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The disease affects the central nervous system and she describes the experience of her illness as being “like having pregnancy brain—only it doesn’t go away.”
Magee, though, has a secret weapon in her health arsenal: Knitting needles.
“I’ve found that it’s really good for the brain to work on something where you have to focus,” says the 36-year-old knitter. “You’re following through on something and you’re following a pattern, it’s mental exercise.”
Magee is not alone in her assessment of the craft’s palliative affects on the mind. Knitting has been called the “new yoga” for good reason. Famous for its relaxing, meditative qualities, knitting increasingly is being used in hospitals, clinics, schools and even prisons to help people lead healthier, happier lives. And there’s data to prove it.
“Knitting saved my life,” says Liat Gat,
Admitted to a clinic in her 20’s with a full-blown eating disorder, Gat, a lapsed knitter, started stitching again when the facility’s craft volunteer came around with yarn and needles. Soon, she had countless projects going and was helping other women fix their mistakes. And within weeks she was out of the clinic and working at a yarn shop.
Gat’s experience of knitting her way out of an eating disorder has scholarly precedent.
A 2009 study published in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders showed that when 38 women with anorexia nervosa were taught to knit and given free access to knitting supplies, they reported significant improvements. An impressive 74 percent said knitting lessened their fears and kept them from ruminating about their eating disorders; 74 percent lauded the calming aspects of the craft and 53 percent said it provided satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.
Magee, who along with her husband owns Airship Printing, a screen-printing business in Castle Rock, Colorado, has created a line of goods under the brand Knerd Shop that includes a t-shirt, bag, and stickers that read, “I knit so I don’t kill people.” Though the sentiment is amusing, it carries an element of truth: Knitters ascribe all manner of benefits to their craft that include everything from alleviating depression, anxiety, and pain to reducing boredom and the discomfiting affects of isolation.
In 2010, two Georgetown oncology nurses—stressed out by their jobs and graduate school—decided to use Project Knitwell for their thesis research. Personally aware of the incredible strain and loss oncology nurses experience, Lyndsay Anderson and Christina Urso wondered whether knitting might mitigate some of the burnout—or “compassion fatigue”—these nurses experienced. The grad students administered a survey to the nurses that measured burnout at two junctures: before learning to knit and 13 weeks later after they had learned and been working with Project Knitwell volunteers.
Use it or lose it Common wisdom has it that brain games like crossword puzzles and sudoku may help keep the brain sharp over time. But what about two sharp sticks and some yarn?
Why knitting? There are a lot of theories about why knitting is good for the brain.
Once a knitter has mastered the movements, the process is rhythmic and repetitive. According to the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, knitting’s repetitious movements theoretically can elicit the famous relaxation response, which is the body’s counterbalance to stress, a state in which heart rate and blood pressure fall, breathing slows and levels of stress hormones drop.
“I use it in my own life as a way for me to calm down,”
explains Perri Klass, a professor of journalism and pediatrics at New York University, a physician who writes regularly for the New York Times. “I’m happier and calmer in many stressful situations when I’m knitting, whether it’s sitting on a plane delayed on the runway or sitting at the bedside of a family member in a hospital or a medical office.”
“Psychiatrist Teresa Anderson, who practices in Cincinnati, Ohio, recommends knitting and crochet to patients suffering from PTSD, anxiety and major depression. A knitter and crocheter herself, she’s been urging patients to stitch since medical school.
“People recommend meditation, which is nice in theory, but some people are so worked up they can’t sit still long enough to meditate,”
she says. “Knitting is what I consider an active meditation, something you can do and focus on, but it has a repetitive quality to it.”
Knitting also involves following and recognizing patterns, learning new stitches and using both hands and math, lending it the capacity to improve fine motor skills while also keeping the mind active and engaged. The Waldorf Schools, for example, teach children to knit before teaching them to read in the belief that knitting develops dexterity, focus and rudimentary arithmetic.
“Recent neurological research tends to confirm that mobility and dexterity in the five motor muscles, especially in the hand, may stimulate cellular development in the brain, and so strengthen the physical instrument of thinking,” writes Eugene Schwartz in his article “Knitting and Intellectual Development. “Work done over the past seventy years in hundreds of schools using the Waldorf method worldwide, in which first graders learn to knit before learning to write or manipulate numbers, has also proven successful in this regard.”
The social aspect of knitting, too, plays into knitting’s positive mental benefits. For people who like to knit in groups, knitting provides a social outlet, a critical element in maintaining mental health. And it allows for self-expression, charity and that sense of feeling productive.
Risks and challenges
Time of Delivery: When it comes to manufacturing, there's always a risk that suppliers do not fulfill orders on time. We source our yarns from one of the best mills that has over 80 years of experience that is very professional and organized. Our knitting needle supplier is based right here in the USA which further eliminates language barrier and time difference. We know our suppliers well and will do everything we can to ship on delivery date.
Duty/VAT charges: If you live outside of the US, you will be responsible for any applicable duty/VAT charges.
Customs: Some countries might have longer delays than others. Please take into that consideration if you believe you live in one of those countries.
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