Practical Artisans
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.

Hot Water bottle covers

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100% Tasmanian Superfine Merino wool (White Gum Wool from Oatlands) hot water bottle cover, made on my circular sock machine. Fits a standard hot water bottle (body measuring 28 x 20cm). These are made using half pitch on my 72 needle cylinder, plus the 36 needles of the ribber, totalling 108 needles. It's ends up like a 2x1 rib and hence is very stretchy to fit the width of the hot water bottles. I keep my own on the bottle as I empty cold water and replace with hot water. The superfine merino is soft and can be held directly on the skin (no itch as its superfine). I hand finish these with a needle and matching yarn.

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

Hot water bottle not included

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