Friday, February 27, 2009

Recycled wool clothing week, Heartfeltbaby

I featured some scarves from Heartfeltbaby's Etsy shop during scarf week, but I saw her children's sweaters at that time, and never forgot them. They are adorable & one of a kind!

Sorry the blog has been a bit slow going this week. I've been uber busylately, & lost internet all day yesterday. I promise i'll get back on the ball!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Recycled wool clothing week, The Devil Made Me Do It

These skirts & jacket are stunning! The one above is made with all recycled cashmere, and I adore it! Who would think teal would look so good with red? I guess that's why i'm the supply gal & not the artist ;) For more gorgeous recycled wool & recycled cashmere fun, check out Etsy shop, The Devil Made Me Do It. If you think the things in her shop are beautiful, you have to see her website's gallery!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Recycled wool clothing week, Birdie Handmade

These recycled wool jumpers are adorable! They are called Favorite Jumper, "So called because it will quickly become your favorite jumper. This piece can go anywhere and do anything your little girl can. Simply throw on a shirt and some leggings or tights, and she is instantly adorable - plus it doesn't wrinkle, doesn't show food or stains all that easily, and can go from music class to the high chair effortlessly.
The Favorite Jumper in size 1 will fit your average child from about 6 months (as more of a dress) up to 18 months of age (as a great tunic)."

Find these jumpers, super cute stuffed animals, & more great recycled wooly wonderfullness at Etsy shop BirdieHandmade!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Recycled wool clothing week, Sustainable Style by Amy Quarry

What better way to upcycle unwanted wool clothes than to make wanted wool clothes! Etsy shop Sustainable Style by Amy Quarry carries "Warmies", wool leggings, for girls. Not only are they fun & cute, but wool is so much cozier than some other materials! You must check out her cool website too for links to her Flickr, blog, and other cool stuff, and her Warmies can also be found on Good Egg Industries. If you have a girl, then you need warmies!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Recycled wool diaper covers week, Mandy Martin Creations

The last, but not least, shop to be featured for "Recyled Wool Diaper Cover Week" is Etsy shop Mandy Martin Creations. Along with her cute recycled wool diaper wraps, longies, & soakers, she also makes reusable sandwich baggies & bowl covers (green!). Here are some of her adorable diaper wraps.

Oh, and for you Resweater blog readers, Amanda has generously extented a special sale just to us... free shipping on everything in her shop! Just convo her (Etsy message system) and mention my blog before purchasing & she will adjust the price! Thanks Amanda!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Recycled wool diaper cover week, Berchtas's Bonnets

I love to see things that are a little different, so I was happy to stumble upon Selene's Etsy shop, Berchtas's Bonnets . She not only has longies, but longie sets with matching hats, longie overalls, and recycled wool sleep sacks that zip up! Here's a few of her goodies, but make sure to check out her shop for more!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Recycled wool diaper covers week, Grateful Buns

I love the soakers from Grateful Buns! The seams on the outsides are not only cute, but leaves no edges on the inside to rub against sensitive skin. Her soakers come with more than one layer, and most she terms "underwater" "....'cause if you get a leak with these, your baby might be under water ;) ", and from looking at them I believe it! You can find her fabulous wooly goodies in her Artfire shop, or Etsy shop.

Recycled wool diaper covers week, Chickadee And Me

Chickadee And Me carries a wide range of super cute recycled wool diaper covers, soakers, shorties, longies, and footies! Those footies are so clever... they have built in soft sole shoes! To find more great woolies, you can go to Chickadee And Me's website, or Etsy shop.

As always, if you'd like to view the pictures closer up just click on them!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Recycled wool diaper covers week, Treebottom Wool

If you cloth diaper you have to check out Treebottom Wool's Etsy shop! These are so dang cute & fun i'd want them even if I didn't cloth diaper! It was so hard for me to pick only a few from her collection, but here goes...

Would you believe they are all this cute? She said she'll be listing new ones all week, so be sure to check out Treebottom Wool's Etsy shop again and again!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Recycled wool diaper cover week, Lucky Penny Pants

To kick off recycled wool diaper cover week we have some super cute & comfy pants from Etsy shop Lucky Penny Pants. Here's reversible (ain't that clever?) Peace Baby pants, Tree Hugger pants, and It Looks Like Rain pants.

Wool diaper covers 101

Before I feature a shop in this week's theme, i'd like to give a brief introduction to wool diaper covers, for those of you who have not cloth diapered. I started cloth diapering my son while he was was potty training (I know, I know, a little late, but better than never!). At first I used diapers with pul on the outside (plastic coated cloth). He would sweat like crazy from the plastic, and that was in the winter. Once summer rolled around I knew I needed something better. I tried recycled wool covers, and have used only them since.
-Wool is breathable, and wicks away sweat. Did you know many athletes wear wool clothing?
-Wool is natural, and biodegradable. Reuse wool and you are being uber green!
-Wool is insulating, like your favorite thermos. You stay cool & dry in the summer, and warm in the winter.
-Wool is fire resistant. It is the only fiber that naturally resists flaming. Unlike most artificial fibers, which often melt and stick to the skin when on fire, wool usually only smolders or chars. Although it will burn under intense fire, it normally self-extinguishes when the flame source is removed. Did you know that firemen wear wool? Most children's clothes have fire retardant chemicals that are required by law. Chemicals on babies... yuck! Wool does not need them.
-Wool is water resistant, the biggest reason to use it for diaper covers ;) It naturally repels water, but when lanolized (the process of adding lanolin... it's in most wool washes) it repels water even more.
-Wool is non-allergenic, and the lanolin is antibacterial & antifungal. When a wool diaper cover gets peed on it does not have to be washed. GASP! I was disgusted when I first heard that, but when you hang a wool diaper cover to dry the smell of the urine completely goes away. The lanolin kills the bacteria in the urine that causes it to smell. If the smell persists, it is just time to lanolize again. That's about once a month, depending on how often they are used.
-Isn't wool scratchy? Nope! Most diaper cover makers use softer wools, like lambswool, merino, and my favorite, cashmere. My son has very sensitive skin & loves his "wooly pants".
-Wool eliminates the need for extra laundry too. You don't need pants or shorts on your baby when they are already wearing their wool pants/shorts.

Here are some terms for you. The pants are best known as longies, the shorts as shorties, and the pull on covers as soakers.

Well class, wasn't that fun? Any questions?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

[Insert cheesy annoucer voice] It's Sunday Sunday Sunday!

It's sweater Sunday again! I had a fun time today, since I needed a little "me time", and I got to do one of my favorite things, sweater hunting! As you can see, I found some ;)
I got some great patterns & colors, and
some cashmere (the top gray is 60% cashmere/40% wool, but felt he deserved to hang out with the 100% cashmere).

Here were some of the more fun & unusual ones I found... a felted merino argyle, a green lambswool with little balls down the arms & front, and a felted wool fair isle with little flowers & beautiful colors.

The trip wouldn't be complete without fun goodies for me! I found a great wool blanket, a quality pair of leather sandals that fit my size 11 boat feet, and an awesome purse. The purse is plain, but that's the appeal for me. I plan to embellish it, but i'm not sure with what... felted wool appliques? Scarf through the belt loops? Clip fun keychains to the loops? Any ideas?

Recycled wool hat week was so much fun, but all good things must come to an end ;) This week, starting tomorrow, will be recycled wool diaper cover week. You will be amazed at how cute & fabulous something so useful can be. Make sure to check back!

Happy Sunday all! :)