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Loom love

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We have a new brand for Lil’ Beans store this week, Loom.  They are gorgeous hats, crocheted by the lovely Kyle.  The Loom collection is inspired by the people and places of Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Wind In The Willows’.  The ‘ratty hat’ comes in two colour ways, and we will be adding a scarf to the collection soon.
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Here are 3 quickies with Kyle:
Where do you live and with whom?
I live in Clapton, East London. I think Cornwall – where I was born, and spent my formative years – is where I will always call home, but Hackney comes a close second. I live with my partner Ben, my son Syd, my daughter Winona, our three cats (Merlin, Vincent and Runter) and a plague of moths, seemingly hell-bent on ruining my life.
Who taught you to crochet?
I’d like to say I was taught to crochet by my grandmother (or even my mother, if it comes to it!) but the reality is that youtube was – and is – my guide. I got the basic stitches from a ladybird book I found at a car boot sale though, so I can up my twee quotient slightly by way of that.
What’s your favourite time of day with your children and place to go (so far) with them?
My favourite time of day with my children is bedtime. If that sounds harsh, it is slightly (who doesn’t love bedtime?) but what I really mean is curling up with the kids and enjoying time with them, one-on-one. For Syd that means reading books (Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer is the current favourite) and for Win it’s a few precious moments without the somewhat hands-on advances of her older brother.
As far as favourite places, any chance to enjoy the countryside with the children has been wonderful. So yes, that means Cornwall again. We visited the wishing well in Madron in the summer and tied ribbons to the tree… Making memories, that’s what we’re all about.

cosy Padraig slippers

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Padraig Cottage began slipper creating in North Vancouver 1977.  They have grown from one lady, Helen making them to 30 local artisans and staff.  The slippers are hand made and hand dyed in small batches, so each is unique.  They come in sizes from newborn through to adults, in many colour ways.  My lil’ beans have them, they wear well, and I can’t recommend them enough.

images. Padraig Cottage


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