Today we're highlighting A Life Sustained sponsor Earthy Baby Knits!
Molly hand-knits beautiful, natural, wool diaper covers using a variety of earth-friendly and animal-friendly fibers. In her words:
I am a 37-year-old stay-at-home mom, wife, and teacher (and knitter!). I have three grown step-children and two beautiful daughters, almost-ten-year-old Grace and newly-two-year-old Stella, who keep me amazingly busy, and focused on living a joy-filled life. I taught preschool before Stella was born, but gave that up to stay home and raise her while she is (still) little. I’m hoping to be able to go back to teaching when she gets older, but in the mean time I am enjoying being a full time mom.
|"With the kids on a roadtrip last summer"|
We try to keep life as simple as possible in the midst of a chaotic world; even though the house is usually cluttered, we try to focus on our time as a family as much as possible. We have a big suburban back yard that we have allowed to grow into an adventure-land for the kids, as well as a garden for our family. Right now, Stella spends much of her time in the back yard pulling up baby beets and digging in our empty garden bed; I love having a natural space for my children to grow in, even if it doesn’t conform to the neighborhood standard! As a family, we are constantly striving to create a life that is “sustainable” in every sense of the word.
Tell us about your journey to becoming an artist/maker of things. Who taught you how to knit?
My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was six, and my memories of that experience are the foundation for my love of knitting and crocheting now. I actually resisted the whole “knitting movement” that took place a few years back, but was finally won over by my oldest daughter! She learned how to knit at school when she was seven; it was a struggle for her, and when she finally mastered it, she was eager to teach the craft to somebody else. When I was pregnant with my youngest daughter a couple years ago, I was largely couch-bound, and a captive “student”!
|"My little one asleep on my lap while I knit…pretty much how I get my knitting done!"|
I loved cloth diapering my oldest, but never used wool covers. After I learned to knit, I discovered that I could knit for myself all those cute wool diaper covers I kept seeing -- in fact, my first project was a ridiculously large soaker that my little one couldn't even wear until she was six months old (eight years between children does have the effect of making you forget how TINY they are when they first enter the world!). I knit only for myself and my family until encouraged by friends (and even strangers!) to try to sell some of my soakers online.
The process of switching to sustainable wool was part of a general evolution of consciousness and a move to try to create a more “sustainable” life for myself and my family.
I feel good about cloth diapering, and about the little knit soakers my now-toddler loves to wear. I feel even better knowing that what I choose to knit with, like where I choose to buy my produce and send my children to school, can indeed make an impact on the world for good. :)
What inspires you?
Nature and my children. I also get a lot of inspiration from seeing other beautiful handmade objects, and different yarns and fibers. I love designs with lots of color, and have recently begun to dye my own yarns. A friend leant me a spinning wheel over the summer, and I have been experimenting with that as well. I would love to be able to spin, dye and knit my own creations!
Tell us about your favorite piece in your shop and describe your process in designing it.
My favorite piece in my shop right now is the “falling leaves” longies. It’s the first soaker that really grew from a vision that I had and was able to execute. It’s also one of the first soakers that I created completely out of hand-dyed yarns, and I really enjoyed the process of being able to create the colors and textures that turned into the final product.
Molly is offering to one lucky A Life Sustained reader a custom pair of Longies to Feel Good About (or shorties, if that's your pleasure!) You choose the color, cuffs, and sizing!
Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the random drawing to win!
Get two extra entries! First, you can follow A Life Sustained through Google Friend Connect and second, you can add Earthy Baby Knits to your Favorites on Etsy.
Make sure to leave a comment for each "extra" so that they can be counted. The comments will be closed in the evening of November 12 and a winner will be announced in this post shortly thereafter.
And the lucky winner is...mandy!
And the lucky winner is...mandy!
Thanks Earthy Baby Knits!