Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My Llynfi Cardigan

You could be forgiven for thinking this cardigan was something I knitted myself.
It is made of wonderful sheepy organic shetland wool.
The mustard edging was hand-dyed using coreopsis ( a plant like a chrysanthemum).
The buttons are fairly-traded from a cooperative in Nepal.
 But in fact, it was made for me by Sue of Llynfi Textiles in Wales.
I know this, because she sent me hand-written note in my parcel, explaining that it had taken her a little longer than planned because she had fallen out with her knitting machine :D
That is the sort of back-story you just don't get with "fast fashion"!

The pocket linings are knitted out of a darker shade of wool, just as it came off the sheep.
See the hand-stitching to secure the top corners on the inside?
The finishing is precise and sturdy.
I am confident that this garment will stand the test of time, as long as I look after it.  Sue sent me instructions on exactly how to do that.  She even included a natural moth-repellant sachet, and sent it in a zip-loc bag inside the eco postage packet.
Am I happy with it?
Oh yes!
It cost a lot of money.  But if it is the only ready-made garment I buy this year...?
I have bought myself more than a cardigan.  I have bought peace-of-mind and you can't put a price on that.

P.S. In case anyone is wondering, no, I was not sponsored to write such a glowing review.  These thoughts are my own.


auchenshugglegranny said...

It is quite beautiful...and so glad to see you back you were on invited readers only for a few days.

Scruffybadger said...

I can almost feel how special it is.
Forgive me for mentioning ever present commercialism, but I almost imagined the person who narrates the M&S 'not just any .....' Adverts speaking me through your description of this wonderful woolly. It looks fab with your Kelly skirt....

Siga said...

And I don't think that the price is really high for something of such a great quality. And made somewhere round the corner, where you know the workers are treated fairly. It is stunning. I can so picture the feel of that shetland wool cardigan. Yum!

Susan_in_Peckham said...

It's lovely and I think investing in quality (with added ethical vibes) is worth a higher price.
(I'm also really glad I can see your blog again)

Miriana said...

I don't think it's that expensive really. It's pure wool.

agirlinwinter said...

What an absolutely beautiful cardigan!

Kestrel said...

It's lovely. The mustard edging is a nice touch and it looks like the kind of cardigan you will get so much wear out of. I have a couple of grey cardigans (shop bought) that get work all the time, but the thought of hand knitting in grey does not excite me. This is an excellent investment.

Sheena said...

Love the mustard edging and it looks lovely and warm. I think a good-quality and ethically produced garment is well worth the higher price. If you're bothered at all by the price, break it down as a price-per-wear and I'm sure it'll cost less than a cheaper article :)

trixiebacon said...

It's a lovely cardigan. It's also lovely how much you value it.

XslipstitchX said...

Hey echo the comments above good to see your blog open to all - really enjoy your posts. Lovely cardigan, admire your ethics :) x

RooKnits said...

It's fabulous

MaryinTN said...

So glad to see you back...and sporting such a beautiful cardigan. The gold edgings are lovely.

Linda C said...

I love the sweater. I saw that the gold yarn was dyed with coreopsis - not sure of the spelling there. I had some coming up in a window box long ago. It was a volunteer. Now that I said that- I wonder where I saw that that flower is used in the dye? Oh, maybe you told us.

Wear it with much joy.


beate grigutsch said...

a cardigan to live in!
the color goes with everything and the yellow gives a cool twist.
this things dont get old or outworn - they get "patina" :-)

acharmofmagpies said...

Worth every penny. The quality looks incredible, and really, part of the reason we knit and sew is to get quality!

Someone commented on a me-knitted cardigan the other day that I could sell them, and I laughed and said even at minimum wage it would be so many hundreds of dollars I'd never sell it! She said, "surely you'd get $100 for it" and I said sure, if I don't mind working for $2.50 an hour!

If you priced up your own labour I'm sure you'd find your own knits are "expensive" too. This makes you so happy, and you look great in it, so yep, worth every penny.

Jen said...

A most awesome gift to self !!! I love that mustard on the grey... so lovely.