Around emiLime: Hangtags and Care

Here at Emilime we are in the full swing of production – daily receiving new knit products from our artisans. Each of them leaves a small tag on their products with their names to indicate which pieces they made.  As Emilime grows, the 
number of these tags grows – who is Lidia?  Maria Elena?  Rocio?  What are their lives like?  We often visit our artisan workshops in the hope to bring you connection directly to the makers of your goods but to meet all of them feels impossible. 

So take the time to visualize them:  Lida with her needles, at home with her family.  Maria Elena walking through the hills tending her sheep, barely looking down at her knitting because she is a master.  Rocio in her yard - surrounded by her family.Unfortunately we have to cut these tags off as they do not fit with the standards of our clients and we must place professional hand tags on them where needed.  We are thinking of changing that so that you can speak the name of these artisans.

The beauty of the hand made is the time that goes into it to make it lovely. This loveliness also means durability, from the materials that we use to the techniques that means you will wear it for much longer than it took to make. 

Some care advice for your pieces to keep them longer: 

Dry clean or wash in cold water, minimal friction, use either shampoo or a delicate wash detergent. Lay flat to dry. Any abrasion or hot water will cause the products to felt.If you ever feel like the items have stretched, you can apply a light amount of steam with an iron to reshape the product. Alternatively, if anything feels to tight you can also add steam and lightly stretch and reshape. 

How to store them to preserve them longer:

If moths are a problem, you can store with other wool items in a sealed bag and if necessary add a moth repellant. Alpaca is quite durable and tends not to pill as easily as wool and acrylic, but snags and pulls can be the biggest issue. 

Perhaps it is presumptuous of us to suggest you take the time to invent the lives of these women in your minds eye but we believe that is worthwhile to stop and consider the process and energy that goes into our products.  If you would like more information about our artisans please reach out and share – we are happy to facilitate a relationship in order for you to connect with your knit ware and the person who made it.

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The Run-Down on Wool Allergies

     We are faced with this question all the time when customers are shopping in our pop up shops or online. "But I'm allergic to wool." Is a common thing we hear. Our response is "This is alpaca wool, not all wool are the same when it comes to you and your allergy."

1. Many people who believe they have a wool allergy have never been tested for such. In fact, some people are simply sensitive to rougher fibers such as sheep's wool, or even cotton. Some people can have a reaction just from touching a ball of yarn. (our hearts go out to you!) We all have different skin types. Sometimes if wool (or any fabric for that matter) starts to itch, you'll scratch, causing redness. It may not be the material causing redness of the skin, its your scratching! This is especially a problem in the winter as we may heat our homes more causing dry, itchy skin. So keep in mind and pay attention to whether it is your clothing or just the conditions around you that may cause these symptoms.

fun fact: Scientists have discovered that it doesn't matter if a garment is made of wool, alpaca, mohair, or man-made acrylics, if over 5% of the f

abric is composed of fibers with diameters of over 30 microns, it will itch not matter what.

2. Alpaca wool is at a chemical level not the same as any other wool. Many people who are in fact allergic to other wools shop at emiLime because they are delighted that they dont react to our products. The scales of alpaca fibers that typically can cause prickle are smaller than those of sheep's wool thus the itch factor is much less noticeable. Alpaca fiber is a perfect alternative for those that suffer from allergies to sheep's wool and feathers, as it is naturally hypoallergenic. Alpaca fiber also has a hollow center that deters dander and dust mites that are the leading causes of asthma and allergies. This hollow center to each fiber allows keeps heat in, making alpaca especially warm. No wonder the Incans depended on it to keep warm in the mountains!

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Columbus Circle Holiday Gift Market 2012

BURRRR its getting chilly out here at Columbus Circle! 

We have set up shop here in NYC, and the city is alive with holiday spirit. We are on the Holiday Market App, that you can download on your smartphone, and get 10% off any hat, arm warmers, or scarf. Its a great way to connect and see all the shops that are joining us out on these chilly New York streets. Good thing we sell alpaca, otherwise we'd be freezing!

So come on by and say hello, do some early Christmas shopping, we have some great things in the booth. 

For example, say you see a wonderful scarf and gloves set that would be perfect for that friend of yours, but you just cant decide if it is the right thing, and want to think about it and come back another time. Well we have cards set up for each product that you can scan a QR code, and it will send you to the page where you can buy that set online! The cards also say exactly where they came from, and who made the product. 

So grab some hot cocoa, take a stroll, and come see us!

holiday market

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