Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Giveaway: Toto Knits

Founded by Erin Brennan Allan, Toto Knits is a line of organic cotton knitwear ethically made by a group of single mothers in Kenya. Working closely with Mary Wambui- who oversees the knitters- Erin designs fun and funky pieces that children and adults alike will love.

When I first came across Toto Knits, I was taken back by the adorable safari and farm themed cardigans- complete with ears and tails, these hand knit pieces take 'wild child' to a whole other level! beyond the cardigans are ballet themed apparel (which I will be stocking up on once Evelyn turns 3 and is the legal age to execute a pirouette ;) hats and booties. I feel odd calling them booties since these go far above your expectations of 'booties.' These little knit shoes actually look like little mice, ducks, bunnies.... pure creativity and craftsmanship. 

Erin was so kind as to give Evelyn this totally rad sweater! 
Classic stripes are enhanced with a fun zebra theme- ears,mane, tail and little black eyes included. When I first opened the package I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the organic cotton. A knitter myself, I instantly applauded Toto Knits choice of material- soft, yet sturdy with a wonderful stitch definition free of any 'fuzziness' that might later lead to pilling with wear. 

The craftsmanship retains a feel of 'homemade' but the perfection in gauge screams professional. The little tag that came with the Zebra Sweater is signed by the knitter- Thank you Catherine!- which makes the product even more special.

Evelyn truly adored the sweater, shaking her head around to feel the mane whip back and forth, running around holding her 'zebra ears' giggling saying, "i'm a bunny!".... close. Haha! Flora and our puppy Pip definitely appreciated the tail as both tried to catch it as Evelyn strutted around in her sweater. I am happy to say the tail held up to an evening of chase without any damage ;) Flora was so smitten with Evelyn's sweater, I might just have to take advantage of Toto Knits' current sale and get her her own- Enter the code WEAKSHILLING at checkout to receive 25% off your order! They ship international at a flat rate and it only takes one week for the ladies to knit up one of these sweaters! ( it would take me a month -_- )

Not only did Erin offer me this bangin' cardigan but Toto Knits is offering one reader a FREE 'Design Your Own Sweater'

As the name implies, you will be able to create your own unique sweater, choosing from 7 different designs- cardigan,hooded cardigan with 4 buttons, hooded cardigan with one tab, crewneck pullover, envelope neck pullover,bolero and skirt. Further options include solid or stripes, color and accent- allowing you to create a truly unique piece for your truly unique kiddo.

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  1. Oh my goodness, that sweater is so sweet. Love the pics as usual:)

  2. They are fabulous! And what a nice initiative.

  3. Oh my goodness. As a knitter myself, I completely adore and appreciate all of this work. LOVE, Love, LOVE !!!!

  4. My favorite is the Organic Cotton Chickie Sweater. How cute is that?!

  5. Definitely the Organic Cotton Kitty Sweater!

  6. I love the lion! I purchased one for my niece and for a friend and so impressed with the quality!

  7. I love the lion. If I win I'm going to ask if they can do a tiger

  8. I would love the lion for my son! Thanks

  9. organic cotton kitty sweater