Is it just us, or does this blue slap??
We have been feeling like the world needs more Australian-made cute knits.
Knits that feel like soft warm hugs when you wear them.
Knits that elevate your outfit rather than looking and feeling like you’ve raided gran’s closet.
A knit that is just the perfect length so your vital organs aren’t left out in the cold.
And after a few months of knitting, washing, wearing, testing and trialing we are happy to present to you our Blue Chunky Knit.
Wool has balanced thermal insulation properties - meaning it is warmer in winter and cool in the summer.
Wool is hypoallergenic - It is resistant to bacteria, mould and mildew that can trigger allergic reactions in many people.
It absorbs harmful pollutants from the air and it doesn’t re-emit them. It is estimated that wool used in interiors can help purify the air for 30 years.
Dust mites don’t like wool - dust mites need moisture to survive. Microscopic pores in wool respond effectively to any minor changes in humidity making it quite unfavourable for the breeding and growth of the house dust mite.
Wool is naturally anti-static - Meaning wool generates very little amounts of static electricity because of the qualities of its natural wool fibres. Static attracts lint, dirt, and dust so its anti-static properties keep it much cleaner for longer.
Wool is naturally fire retardant. It is difficult to ignite, has low flame spread and heat release properties; it doesn’t melt and has superior self-extinguishing qualities. It makes it the perfect product for projects that have strict fire safety regulations.
About Australian wool.
Australian wool producers are leaders in the field of innovation and sustainability and are responsible for producing some of the finest wool in the world.
Wool is a renewable product, each year sheep produce a fleece, making wool a natural and renewable resource.
What makes wool biodegradable is a natural protein called Keratin, the same protein found in human hair. This gives wool its resilience and elasticity as well as its ability to decompose in soil, enriching the soil and nourishing new life. Whereas most synthetics are extremely slow to degrade and harmful to the soil.
Australia is the leading global supplier of wool and the world’s largest wool export nation, producing 39% of global wool exports.
Given the dominance of fine Merino production in Australia, typically Australian wool is retailed as high-end fashion and lightweight knitwear.
Known for its next to skin softness, Australian wool is a popular fibre of choice for many.
Bendigo woollen mills.
Carol (Our chief knitter) sourced our wool for this knit from Bendigo wooden mills, here in Victoria.
Below, we’ve borrowed some information from their website about their company and their wool.
'Bendigo Woollen Mills is located in the historic gold mining town of Bendigo in Central Victoria - north of Melbourne. The company was started by two local families in Kangaroo Flat and moved to its current location back in 1988. Our machinery is working 24 hours a day 5 days a week to keep up with customer demand.
We are Australia's largest hand knitting & crafting yarn mail order manufacturer, with a huge variety of different yarns and colours to choose from.
We use only the most luxurious natural fibres available. Our method of hank dyeing results in a softer, fuller end product. The wool produced is from Australian grown wool from the NSW Highlands region.’
Meet Carol, our chief knitter!
I saw my friend Nirvana wearing a gorgeous knit that she was plugging on her socials. I fell in love!
I asked her about where she got it from and she responded by giving me the contact details of Carol, her mother’s friend.
I emailed Carol right away asking if she’d like to collaborate.
Collaborations to us feel like supporting and promoting one another in a time where the world can feel ultra isolating and divisive.
Many emails back and forth later, we came to our conclusive design and details for our collaboration.
I thought you might like to know more about Carol, so I’ve asked her some questions below.
AS ~ Where have you lived in your life and where are you now?
C ~ I was born In England to a Danish father and Mauritian mother. The family migrated to Australia when I was 10 years old. A couple of years after I got married my husband and I moved to acreage (an avocado and mango tree hobby farm) in Gold Coast hinterland. For 30 plus years we shared the 10 acres with two of my three sisters and their families, all in separate houses. Just five years ago we moved to and are loving Tamborine Mountain.
AS ~ What does a day in the life of look like for you?
C ~ My days are varied. The day usually starts with a home cooked breakfast, then a combination of either Pilates, trips to the beach, walking and of course the “morning coffee” at our favourite café. Then once chores are done I enjoy my crafts (some projects to sell at the Tamborine Mountain State School markets) and usually some time in the garden.
AS ~ What inspires/ inspired you to knit / sew?
C ~ I was inspired to knit and sew because growing up in a household of 5 women someone was always doing one or the other. My mother was a great seamstress. I am always fiddling with something, changing buttons, lengthening, shortening, knitting etc etc something. I usually source my materials from Op Shops and garage sales.
AS ~ What are your 3 biggest passions in life?
C ~ My top three biggest passions would be rescuing and repurposing quality items, good food and entertaining.
AS ~ What is your favourite item of clothing or accessory in your wardrobe and why?
C ~ My favourite item of clothing would have to be the ‘house pants’ I make myself from recycled vintage linen. They are so comfortable and fun to wear, drawstring elastic waist and long. Perfect with a tee shirt or sloppy jumper. Comfort, Comfort, Comfort.
AS ~ How long does it take you to make your Après Studio collaboration piece?
C ~ It takes me about a week to produce one Après Studio collaboration piece. That is with knitting several hours a day.
AS ~ If you could leave your audience with one encouraging word of advice what would it be?
C ~ Think of others and Just Be Kind.
Washing / testing.
Carol knitted up a swatch and washed it 3 times in a front loader washing machine on a regular, cold water cycle (delicate cycle recommended) and it washed up lovely.
Carol doesn’t recommend using fabric softener as it can relax the fibres too much, but that is her (and our) opinion.
As you know the wool is sourced from Bendigo Woollen Mills and is 100% wool, not to mention made in Australia (our fav).
(From the back of Wool tag supplied by Bendigo Mills)
- Warm machine wash short gentle cycle
- Warm rinse well on gentle cycle
- Normal spin
- Do not tumble dry
- Dry flat in shade
- Warm iron
- Dry cleanable 30 C
- Do not bleach
We are keeping it simple and only offering 2 sizes. Our model shown online is 180CM tall and wears a size S-M.
Below are the measurements taken from our size Small - Medium.
Below are the measurements taken from our size Medium - Large.
How long does each pre-ordered knit take?
Carol is knitting up one order at a time.
Each knit takes about one week to complete from start to finish.
We are only opening up orders for 4 knits at a time so that Carol can maintain her happy, slow and sustainable lifestyle as mentioned above.
Please be patient, and we hope you love and enjoy your warm and 100% Australian knit.
Thanks for investing your time in us and our responsible clothing.
Be kind to one another, and love your mother.
Some factual information borrowed in this article came from the following sources;