First of all there’s Pippa from Snazzipants – first, because I met her first (and because she sent us a DVD of her parents’ trip through – of all places – Mongolia!!!!). I’ve been buying her nappies for almost as long as she’s been selling them. And it’s one of her nappies we are taking away with us. Some people think we are mad to even consider using cloth nappies when travelling, but, well, when has that ever stopped us from doing something? Plus, we don’t believe in disposables (Ella-Rose has *never* worn one), we won’t need to spend any money on them and we’ll never be stuck if we run out in the back of beyond. Pippa sells a nappy that is incredibly absorbent and dries really really fast – it’s that big white fluffy one in the photo. But because I like a little added insurance, I stuff in an extra flat square of super-duper-absorbent-but-nowhere-near-as-fast-drying fabric I bought from Sarah at Greenbeans. Now you might not believe this, but I went to visit my parents in another city one day and we took the kids to the park – there was a lady there with two kids with the very same very unusual names as Sarah’s children. It was Sarah! Our very first face-to-face meeting. Then when she came to visit the Auckland crowd, she just bowled on into my house and up the hall to find me doing dishes at the other end of the house. We hugged and never looked back.
That same weekend I met Helen. And she has a story to tell as well. See that pink striped soaker? She knit it and it was enormous. She didn’t think anyone would want it, but I did! So she popped it in the post and weeks later it had not arrived. Eventually I gathered up courage to ask her about it, only to discover she had posted it that very day. Mail in the rest of the country got backed up for a week while every single post office representative (or so it seemed as we got transferred from this one to that to the other) spent time on the phone to us and monitored our personal mail. To no avail. However, ANOTHER parcel from Helen arrived. She felt so bad that her gift had not turned up that she sent me a great pile of beautifully bright cotton for me to knit. What a friend eh (and I hadn’t even met her at that stage)
Months later….literally….we arrived home from camping to find an opened and muddy package on our doorstep. A neighbour of a neighbour of a friend who lives on the other side of the street down a very long driveway had found a parcel in her bush. The Soaker.
So this history-making-soaker-with-a-story will be accompanying us around the world to keep moisture in Ella-Rose’s nappy/diaper at night and off her sleeping bag.
If you would like to go and see more of Helen’s original handknits, you are most welcome to drop by, but she would like you to know she is in the process of moving to a *real* website instead of one inundated by pop-ups and other annoying bits-n-bobs.
If the little ones can use reusable cloth products, what about the more mature females of the family who usually use throw-away products? There’s an outrageous lady who decided there was no reason why the likes of us shouldn’t use earth-friendly health-friendly funky reusable gear too. And believe it or not, she can hardly keep up with the demand. When her Outrageous Reusable Cloth Pads go up for sale (on Sarah’s website – it’s a small world in New Zealand and everyone knows everyone) there’s a flurry of activity in cyberspace and she sells out within *minutes*. You just have a look and see if they’re not all sold out. It’s true.
Stacey, I hope to meet you face-to-face some day – I just know you’re one outrageous woman!