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A Contrarian Store

A Contrarian Store

From material inputs like yarn, through manufacture to retail – every step towards and in the final consumption and ongoing use, has embedded energy within any product. It takes 60 000 kilowatt hours of primary energy per person, per year to ‘run’ the Australian economy. At every point of transaction, energy is consumed, and lost in the conversion. Carbon dioxide is one waste product of an energy system that will remain dependent on fossil fuel use until it can’t. With this reality, to think or believe that any one product or ‘brand’ can be ‘sustainable’ is a furphy. The notion of ‘sustainable’ and ‘green growth’ is just one more narrative that has no basis in reality. Using embedded energy wisely, maintaining needed goods for basic needs is an attitude that has a basis in a recognition that we live in an energy system. I encourage supporting local artisanal manufacture wherever you may be.

Earwarmer Headbands

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These are fantastic for keeping the cold and the wind from one's ears. I make these on my circular sock machine, with the ribber (top dial in the photo) set to 'half pitch'. It takes the ribber needles horizontally over the spaces between the cylinder needles - enabling 108 needles (stitches) to be knitted. This gives a 2x1 rib. There is a twist on one side of the ear warmer, which can be worn at the back or on the forehead.

Made from Superfine Tasmanian Merino (White Gum Wool).

Handwash in cold water. Lie flat to dry. Do not tumble dry.

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