One of the great things about Instagram is that it can introduce you to a world of crafty sellers, online shops and creative people. This was certainly the case for me, and many of my recent new Instagram follows are baby-related, having become my new favourite online shops. So much handmade goodness out there for babies! As much as I enjoy buying treats for our baby from eBay and high street shops, like many I am always on the look-out for more unusual, special items from small, independent businesses. I’d love to share some of these with you in this space, and today we’ll begin this series with Misha and Puff, a wonderful knitwear company for babies and children up to four years old.
Everything sold by Misha and Puff is handknitted in Peru by a group of women, either from their homes or at a local knitting centre. The centre provides meals and day care for children, meaning that these women can support their families. While recently browsing photos from a recent trip that Misha and Puff took to Peru, I read that when asked why they came to do this work most of the women responded with one of two reasons:
1. Because they can still stay home with their kids and 2. Because they love to knit. What a wonderful collaboration!
As well as being truly mindful of the process behind their pieces, Misha and Puff knitwear is also extremely beautiful! Made from hand-dyed merino wool, the collections come in a chic palette of stunning colours: blush, nutmeg, persimmon, zephyr and graphite. I recently ordered the popcorn vest in the gorgeous green-grey zephyr, and I wasn’t disappointed: it’s so cute! I can’t wait to see our little one bobbling about in it this time next year. The garment tag even had the name of the knitter written on it.
Although these clothes are expensive compared to those we see in the shops every day, I love that we know where they have come from, and that they have been hand-knitted by women who take pride in their work and importantly, have been paid properly for their time. As Misha and Puff describe it on their website, “Families working together to benefit everyone.”