Crazy capes



My daughter and I were caught in a deluge this morning. Thankfully we were outside a cycle shop where we picked up a rain cape or poncho made from bioplastic by Equilicua.  The raincoat is made from potato starch, so it is a 100% compostable and biodegradable garment.  It is light enough (80g) and small enough (carry pouch is 17x22cm) to be carried in a satchel, handbag or boot of the car in case of unexpected showers.  The capes have wrist straps, adjustable straps around the hood and waist and are available in three sizes, S, M, L.

The cape’s function is to be disposable, not durable, but with a fruitful reincarnation.  A tiny bag of seeds nestles in the cape’s breast pocket to be planted with the cape after a year or so of use.  The cape comes in three patterns or flavours – potato, tomato, or garden pea.  They are available directly from Equilicua and some cycle shops.

In truth, it is hard to cut a dash in waterproof clothing, but this is a fun, functional and eye-catching in a positive sense.  And capes and ponchos are on-trend this season, so I am told.


Repairs after ravaging moths


My eldest daughter found her favourite jumper had been ravaged by moths this morning.  I am far from a dab hand at darning, so I was relieved that I had bought these delightful and humorous iron-on patches last week.  The patches are from Twisted Twee, home to all manner of whimsical and wonderful things for men, women, weddings and the home.

The jumper itself is made from recycled wool.  Old jumpers are felted, recut and remade, then finished by hand with original crochet and trimmings from recycled fabrics.  So now it is on its third life!