Sweater Weather

by Roo on October 29, 2014

in parenting, sponsored

toto-knits-disclosureWhile I wouldn’t declare Connecticut the best place on earth for various reasons, one being that we apparently tack on property taxes that don’t exist in other states (I can’t tell you how many friends have moved here and said things like, “Why… why do I have a bill for a property tax on my car when I already paid taxes when I bought it?” I know! The worst! Don’t other states do this?!), I will say that you will be hard-pressed to find scenery more lovely than Connecticut in October.

Connecticut in October should be the set of every romantic movie starring Katherine Heigl and the destination of every traveler looking for a weekend away. We (well, Jack was the brains behind this one) even host a pie swap every year in October just for the people in our neighborhood. Jack bakes a bunch of pies – his from-scratch salted caramel apple pie makes people weak in the knees – and neighbors bake pies and we all hang out in the yard and chat and sip cider and play music and it’s totally anti-everything you’ve heard about New Englanders being jerks. (I’m super cuddly, FYI.)

This year we had a big storm, so we piled into our house and ate entirely too much food and it was just a really nice time. And if you take a left out of our neighborhood and then a left at the water, you’ll hit this one area where a park ends right where the beach begins, and now you have sunshine and ocean and sand and beautiful leaves turning colors and it is the stuff dreams are made of. Sweater weather + beach + scenery. October! Connecticut! Magical! Tell your friends!

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Toto Knits is a line of organic cotton knitwear ethically made by a group of single mothers in Kenya. Each mother is paid by the piece (as opposed to hourly), which allows them to work as much or as little as they like. “It’s all about putting the family first” founder Erin declares, and I am a big fan of that.

As the girls unwrapped their items, they noticed that each article of clothing had a tag and a handwritten name on it.

“It says Lucy made my dress.” Remmy shows me.

“Lucy lives in Kenya. Do you know where that is? Kenya is a country in Africa.”

“Africa is the second largest continent in the world.” At this point I nod because I can’t fact check her statement via Google, but I assume she is correct (she is) and it’s a shame that her mom’s brain is filled with useless facts like Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris in SBTB) is part-Filipino and a group of owls is called a parliament.

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When I was younger, I detested sweaters because they just felt so itchy. These are knit with organic cotton yarn and they’re so soft and lovely that the girls pull on their knit dresses without an undershirt or diesel pair of cable knit stockings. If your kids are prone to eczema (and mine are), I generally recommend trying out organic clothing for awhile. This can be expensive, so I suggest starting with organic underwear and pajamas and then investing in one or two well made organic sweaters that will get you through the cold season and see how their skin fares.

Each item is hand knit to order, so now’s a great time to stock up on Christmas gifts, especially if you think your nephew would look rad in a cardigan with elbow patches (who wouldn’t?).

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I love knowing that each item I purchase (the adorable knit crown will be in the girls’ stockings this year) is ethically made, supporting talented, hard-working moms on the other side of the world.

Sweater up and come on over and we’ll have some mulled wine and play Dr. Mario or something. :) See? New Englanders are *totally* nice. Mostly. And we say normal things like “soda” when we’re talking about soft drinks, we’ve got that going for us, too.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. 

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