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.

Merino Wool and Silk Knee High 'Walk Socks'

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Made in Tasmania on my hand cranked Circular Sock Machine. Tasmanian Superfine Merino wool (70%), plied twist on twist with 30% Tussah Silk for strength, the yarn is spun in New Zealand. From a cone of merino silk yarn, I use my circular sock machine to craft these very comfortable and warm socks. Each finished by hand stitching the toes closed. Each sock contains approximately 100gms of merino silk yarn. They can be worn with the hung hem extended over the knees or folded.

Available in four colours, and 3 sizes.

I encourage hand mending for extended life, and I include matching yarn with the socks for that practical action of sustaining a product for maximum longevity. Information on mending is available on my home page Information tab. When no further wear can be gained from the then much worn socks, they can be composted.

Handwash item in cold/warm water. Lay flat to dry. Do not tumble dry.

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