Over the next several weeks we’ll be highlighting our current collection of products as well as introducing some new ones! This week: baby blankets, which is where it all started for us.
We created both the Tuck blanket and the Casey blanket within the first few weeks of receiving our machine, and the first product to come off our machine was the Tuck blanket, made of a luxurious blend of cotton and cashmere. It’s also lightweight, which makes it perfect for layering or for swaddling. The Tuck is generous sized at 42”x42” and is cozy and comfortable for babies of any age. We source cotton for the Tuck through farmers that participate in the Better Cotton Initiative.
The Better Cotton Initiative is “a global not-for-profit organization and the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future. Together with our on-the-ground partners, we provide training on more sustainable farming practices to more than 2 million cotton farmers in 21 countries. In the 2017-18 cotton season, licensed BCI Farmers produced more than 5 million metric tonnes of ‘Better Cotton’—that accounts for around 19% of global cotton production!” You can find out more about BCI at bettercotton.org.
The second blanket that we created was the Casey. This blanket was inspired by my baby brother, Casey, and his blanket is a special one for me. He passed away in 2011 and was a light to everyone in my family. My mother used to sing "You Are My Sunshine" to him every day—from his first until his last. Today she sings this song to her grandchildren, and it’s become incredibly special for all of us, bringing back cherished memories. This new design was created with local artist Carley Tall and I love the personalized, hand drawn lettering and suns shining down.
As we sit down to design any product, we focus first and foremost on functionality. We are raising four tall children, and we’re aware of how frustrating it can be to try and find swaddling blankets that fit children larger than newborns that are also affordable and made of quality materials in an environmentally thoughtful way.
Moving forward, we will introduce blankets of many sizes, ranging from lovies to toddler blankets to accommodate the individual size of each little person in our lives. These blankets will adhere to our foundational goals for our products: to be functional, individual, made on demand, and manufactured with quality materials that are environmentally friendly.
As always, each of these blankets will be knitted for you.