Sponsor Highlight: Earthy Baby Knits

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!
"darling!"


86 comments:

  1. Oh wow! These are amazing! What a great giveaway. Thank you :-)

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  2. <3'd Earthy Baby Knits as GypsiesJewels on etsy

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  3. what a great giveaway! i would LOVE this for my son!!
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  4. follow A Life Sustained through Google Friend Connect (tara)
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  5. added Earthy Baby Knits to my Favorites on Etsy (curiouskitty)
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  6. Those are so adorable! I especially love the sock monkey ones!

    stormyranew at yahoo dot com

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  7. I follow life sustained via GFC

    stormyranew at yahoo dot com

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  8. Added earth baby knits to my favorites on Etsy

    stormyranew at yahoo dot com

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  9. I've been researching cloth diapering options (baby due in March) and have fallen in love with the wool pants I see. Yours are the cutest I've found ~~ remind me of the kid's sweaters and jumpsuits my grandma knit for all her grandkids.
    GREAT WORK! Thanks for keeping a tradition going. I am inspired!

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  10. Love this giveaway! I am a new follower!
    goldiez at hotmail dot com

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  11. Very cute giveaway! This would be cute in all different shades of pink!

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  12. How wonderful! I love that sweet sock monkey!

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  13. I would love to win one of these for my friend with a six-month old!
    e_kathleen25 at hotmail dot com

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  14. I'm following you through GFC
    e_kathleen25 at hotmail dot com

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  15. I added Earthy Baby Knits to my favorites on Etsy as ErinG
    e_kathleen25 at hotmail dot com

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  16. i love the acorns on the ties of those longies and the rainbow skirt!

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  17. i'm now following your blog through google friend connect!

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  18. I would love this one for the grandkids!
    goldiez at hotmail dot com

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  19. Added Earth Baby Knits to my Etsy Favorites.
    goldiez
    goldiez at hotmail dot com

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  20. Truly and magically delightful! Thanks so very much for this wonderfully generous giveaway! : )

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  21. I am following your wonderful blog via GFC as Leah! : )

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  22. I "hearted" Earthy Baby Knits on Etsy as leahita. Thanks again! : )

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  23. follow GFC - Tara
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  24. Wow awesome longies, would love to win a pair.
    herent@comcast.net

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  25. This would be a great gift for my niece, Bea.

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  26. GFC follower as Lillea

    contactlillea at gmail dot com

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  27. These are so cute, they would look great on my niece :)

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  28. They are beautiful. I would love to have a pair of these.

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  29. I followed the shop on Etsy.

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  30. Absolutely adorable!

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  31. Following your blog on GFC!
    passions0123@yahoo.com
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  32. i LOVE this giveaway. My fingers are crossed!!
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  33. Love the falling leaves longies -- can just picture my little guy in them :) So fun!

    hergreenlife [at] gmail [dot] com

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  34. These are beautiful! I just started knitting my first pair of longies for my little one yesterday!

    tonymooresmom @ yahoo dot com

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  35. I added the shop to my favs!

    tonymooresmom @ yahoo dot com

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  36. I would love to give this to my step brother and his wife as a baby shower gift

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  37. I hearted your shop

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  38. I follow on GFC

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  39. Longies are the best! I love the sock monkey one!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  40. OMG! Those rainbow longies are so beyond adorable!! I want them!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    megnate at telus dot net

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  41. I follow you on GFC (same name)

    megnate at telus dot net

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  42. I added Earth Baby Knits to my favorites on etsy (id: megnate)

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  43. soooo cute! The monkey ones are my fav.

    cupcakedesign@gmail {dot} com

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  44. These are absolutely adorable! I love them!

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  45. I have an almost one month old and we're hoping to cloth diaper.. your work is beautiful!!

    nicole@babyfoodscoops.com

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  46. I added you to my Etsy favorites as well! (I'm NicoleWI)

    nicole@babyfoodscoops.com

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  47. How cute! I love the sock monkey ones.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    --Liza

    ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  48. That sock monkey set is just too stinkin' cute!

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  49. I added Earthy Baby Knits to my favorites on Etsy.

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  50. These are adorable
    thanks for the chance to win
    robinlscott4 at hotmail dot com

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  51. follow you on gfc
    Robin Scott
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  52. "hearted" her shop
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  53. I would LOVE to win these, even though I can knit!! I love using wool on my daughter with her prefolds/flats. Thanks for the giveaway. :-D
    Sarah Jane
    mummytocharis at yahoo dot com

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  54. GFC follower (mummytocharis).
    Sarah Jane
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  55. Favorited her Etsy shop (Sarah-GortreeRoadKnits).
    Sarah Jane
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  56. These are great! What an awesome giveaway :)

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  57. I follow via GFC

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  58. Those clothes are so cute!!

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  59. favorited earth baby knits on etsy
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  60. I follow your blog via gfc
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  61. Following on GFC

    misericordia06 at gmail.com

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  62. hurray for sustainable fibers! i love the "paintbox" colorway and the apple tree longies. very cute!

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  63. What wonderful wooly bottoms.. My little one has grown well out of this, But I have a dear litle freind who would be just right, a little woodland girl. Would be great to win x

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  64. Delightful bottoms! Thank you for the chance to win a pair.

    l.ackley@hotmail.com

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  65. I'm so glad to have found your blog through Etsy Giveaways. I love it!

    What a great giveaway. I really like the Woodland Longies.

    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

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  66. I'm your newest GFC follower
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

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  67. I added Earthly Baby Knits to my Etsy Favorites
    alicia715
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

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  68. I added this cute shop as a fave on etsy (i'm kitchycoo on etsy) and I am crazy about those apple longies- so cute!!
    meangreenmom[at]gmail[dot]com

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  69. I'm also a blog follower..crossing my fingers :P
    meangreenmom[at]gmail[dot]com

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  70. I would love to win a pair of these for my daughter!
    Dagmar B.
    sirentattoo@hotmail.com

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  71. I follow you on GFC as sirentattoo:)
    Dagmar B.
    sirentattoo@hotmail.com

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  72. Added you to my favorites on ETSY (dagmarnurse)
    Dagmar B.
    sirentattoo at hotmail.com

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  73. I would love to be entered to win the longies for my 14 month old daughter! What a spectacular giveaway. Thank you for offering your talents in this way!
    angelinaballerina9 at hotmail dot com

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  74. I am a follower on google friend connect! Yay another entry! :) My odds are improving.

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  75. 3 times a charm? Your shop is a favorite on my etsy profile. :) Thanks again for this amazing opportunity.

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