Fall 2019 Reflections: Can This Year End Already? Horrible Vets, Shady Finland’s Post, And The Darkest Month

Hi, everyone! I thought this could be a fun, interesting, and maybe a bit intimate topic to explore every quarter of the year: one for winter, one for spring, one for summer, and one for fall. I am not big into all the reflecting at the end of the year, because I have bad memory, and also we’re wired to remember more hardships than good times. And I want my life to be filled with as many good things as possible!

These last few weeks (or months, rather) have been challenging. They always are when you’re a small business owner, and the busy holiday times hit & you’re trying to keep up with everything, but this fall has drained me already. Don’t get me wrong – I have NO problem with the amount of orders I’ve been receiving – after being in business for almost 5 years, I am pretty used to the high volume of orders during the fall season, so all is good in that department. The main things affecting my poor mental and physical health are the outside factors.

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Sleepy Queen Beliza.

Let’s start with one of my cats having a slight ear infection (plain yeast infection, nothing big, should be over in no time). Or that’s what we thought. Our usual vet has retired, so we’ve been on the mission to find a new one. Well, we thought we found a decent vet – she spayed Vampiria, and has said that she loves working with fearful animals, to which I thought “Awesome! Bacha always freaks out when she goes to the vet, so this lady might be a good fit!” Uhm, ABSOLUTELY NOT.

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My beautiful green-eyed princess Bacha.

So, we bring the cat in to get checked for ear infection. She takes swabs and brings them to the lab, comes back, tries to take a closer look into the cats ears – one ear is fine, but she shakes her head a couple of times, when the vet tries to look into the infected ear. What our previous vet would do in these situations? He’d just tell us how to hold her, or would invite his assistant to hold the cat properly. What does this new vet do? She sedates the cat without a second thought. Yep, she sedates the cat, because the cat (completely not aggressive, very friendly, has never scratched anyone) shook her infected ear couple of times. The vet CLEARLY has no idea how to properly hold the cat, and it seems she’s also a bit afraid of it. Then she takes a look at the ear, when the kitty falls asleep, complains about some gunk in the ears (hm-hm, the cat has an ear infection on top of being an oily Sphynx – shocker, she has some gunk!), then invites her assistant to clean out the ears. Ok, assistant comes, all is fine, until she starts digging all over the ears using this huge cotton bud. And she’s being rough! The cat is not completely sedated, only to the level of where she can barely move, and oh man, you can see she feels everything! She started trying to get away, digging, scratching, trying to cry while she was “sedated”, and she was clearly in a lot of pain. I give a few mad looks to the assistant, she calms down a bit. Oh, and can we just talk about the fact that she had the most disgusted face, when Vampiria shook her head (again, while “sedated”), and some of the ear cleaner got on her? It seems like all of these people are in the wrong profession.

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A beautiful moment from Vampiria’s first ever photoshoot. She loved every moment of it!

So, after paying a hefty bill, we came back home. And now we need to deal with a cat, who is absolutely terrified of us touching her ears. She used to snooze and purr while her ears were being cleaned, and after the vet visit we HAVE to make a purrito out of her, because otherwise she would injure herself and scratch our eyes out while trying to get away. She was never afraid of vets, she loved people, and would purr and give headbutts whenever we brought her to vet. She’s a completely different cat now. And it breaks my heart so much.

Oh, but there’s more! The “amazing” check up appointment a week later. The vet who checked and treated Vampiria for the first time, was busy in surgery, so another vet took her in. There was a slight hope, that was quickly destroyed. I wasn’t there, but my husband was. So, he brings Vampiria in, and the vet is already preparing the medicine to get her sedated. My husband says a firm “No” to the sedation (after Vampiria was so traumatized, there was no way we’d put her through that again). The vet tries to argue, but gives in, and comes to check her ears without sedation. And it went completely fine! The infection was gone, the ears looked fine, and she had absolutely no trouble checking everything.

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Playful Bacha, as always!

It seems like sedation is a common practice there. Easy to brag about being good with fearful pets, when you just sedate them, right? While living here in the capital for almost 7 years, we had luck of trying out about 9-10 different vets. This usually would happen if we needed a follow up appointment, and our usual vet was away, we’d need to go to a different one in his clinic. We also tried 3 or 4 different clinics over the years, in hopes we could find some vet who’s closer to our home (our usual vet was about 45 minutes away). Now, no shade to female vets over here in Finland, cause I am sure there are good ones out there, but we had an absolutely awful experience with EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. Our usual vet? An experienced man, who was always quick, super professional, knows how to handle the animals properly, and had a great customer service. Our cardiologist? Again, a man, very professional, handles the cats quickly, gives accurate diagnosis, etc. Pleasure to work with.

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More playtime! It’s always so much fun to do photoshoots!

Now, the female vets. There are very few male vets in comparison to females over here, so you usually end up with a female vet. Some of the things that many female vets share (from my personal experience when visiting about 8 different ones over the years):
– lack of knowledge on how to handle and hold the cat;
– being VERY afraid of getting scratched – once the cat moves even a bit, it needs to be sedated, cause it’s a killer cat;
– lack of education in the medicine that is out there. Now, hear me out on this one. I noticed that a lot of female vets tend to try to modernize the field a bit too much. I remember maybe 4 years ago, one of our cats got flu. Simple to treat? Well, not really, as we found out later! So, our vet is on vacation, we go to this female vet we’ve never been to before. She checks the cat, confirms it’s a simple flu, prescribes the meds. What kind of meds? Some kind of antibiotics, that are very fancy and new, and cost almost a €100/pack. OK, we suck it up, and buy two packs as per her recommendation. We give the meds for two weeks, absolutely no improvement, if anything, the cat’s getting worse. Finally, our vet is back from vacation. We pack up the cat, and go to him. He checks the cat, asks what meds she was given. We tell the name (can’t remember anymore as it’s been a while), and he just gets this look on his face like “Yeah, I know the meds, but…really???? It’s a new medicine, but older ones work just fine”. So, as his usual straight forward self, he prescribes meds that cost €15/bottle, and the cat is healthy within a week. Never again!
– Making the situation sound worse than it really is. You know how usually when you go in to get some kind of diagnosis, and the doctors keep everything to themselves until they know what’s wrong? Well, not when it comes to vets over here! Imagine, you had a headache for a while, go to the doctors office, and the doctor behaves something like this: “Oh my gosh, how long has this been going on??? A week? You had headache for a week?! You’re so irresponsible!!! We need to do an X-Ray, a cat scan, heart scan, do all the blood and allergy tests, flush out your intestines, check your bladder, and checking your eyes would be good too. If we don’t do that, you may die within 24 hours!”. So much for not freaking out the people, right? That’s how many vets we’ve been to behave, by suggesting all the possible tests, even though they may be completely unrelated to the actual problem. Oh, and add the slight freaked out face!
– Being afraid of any type of dirt. “Eww, there’s a piece of grass in your dogs fur”, “Ugh, your cat’s ears have some gunk”, “Oh, I see you haven’t brushed your pet’s teeth today, looks awful” are just a few things I have heard over the years.
– I won’t even start about the lack of knowledge when it comes to Sphynx breed.

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Pretty lady in red.

So, we keep looking. For a vet, who’s a man, and not a woman. We think we found one not too far away from us, and they seem to have good reviews from other cat owners, so that definitely gives us some hope! We will have to vaccinate Bacha and Beliza next month, so fingers crossed it will be a good experience!

Now, Finland’s Post aka Posti. Very shady! It’s crazy how a government owned company got so corrupt. I mean, sure, it’s not shady at all that the company’s directors salary increased by over 60% in mere 3 years, where he’s been earning about 84k/month in 2019. This has caused a public outrage (righteously so), and so he resigned. I mean, sure, when you keep on cutting workers’ salaries, and increasing prices for your crappy services (the prices increased by 25-30% in the past 4.5 years), you become a millionaire. The whole management team there is just as shady – at least the director apologized. And so they have yet another strike. Can’t say I am surprised – they want to cut off workers’ salaries by 30%, completely ignoring the original work agreements that were signed. Uh, bye Felicia!

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Baby boy rocking pastel rainbows!

It’s just such a mess. They tried to hire additional workers to do the job during the strike (which is illegal, because Posti is a government owned company), they threatened to fire the wokers if they don’t come to work because of strike (which is again, illegal). Road deliveries just shut down, international airport that’s responsible for mail, is shut down, railroad and ship companies will join the strike too. Many other unions have already joined. It’s mindblowing that a government owned company even has a right to negotiate. They’ve been “negotiating” the whole week, now they will meet again on Monday, aka today. I wish this sh*tshow would end already, I am so done with it.

It’s stressful, cause my customers’ packages will be delayed yet again as this is the second strike this fall. And while 99% of customers are absolutely amazing, and understanding, and patient, there will always be that 0.1% that will be rude, outraged, and will blast me all over the place for it. But that comes with the job I guess! It’s crazy how nowadays some people don’t know how to communicate with others without being mean and vicious.

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Vampiria’s second photoshoot. Still loving it!

All the strikes probably aged me by 5 years, and added like 200 gray hair on my head! I haven’t been able to sleep well either, which makes my fibromyalgia flare up even more. I am trying to get back on the straighter path though!

And, of course, the dark autumn. November is the darkest month over here in Finland. It literally looked like nighttime the whole day today. Can’t wait for the snow, so it will at least be brighter, and we’ll get some sun, hopefully.

73187900_10212374906807351_3734771949918748672_n2019 has been such a wild ride. Good things happened, bad things happened, but we’re all trying to stay alive in this sinking ship I guess! I still wait for the new year, and am looking forward to starting things fresh. In order to end this on a positive note, here are a few things I’ve been really grateful for this fall season.
– Cats, of course! Those purring balls of warmth and softness are the best things ever. They’re so loving, and always keep me company, no matter how great or bad I feel. Cats really do make the world a better place!
– Awesome customers! For every not-such-a-nice-person that I meet, there are 100 amazing ones! I love reading lovely reviews, chatting to people privately, and see all the beautiful pictures of their kitties. Whenever I feel down, stressed, or unsure, all the heartwarming reviews and messages make my day.
– Music, that I used to enjoy as a kid and teenager. Looking at you, Robbie Williams!
– All people, who are close to me, and are trying their best to be helpful during these challenging times!

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Aether wishes you a great fall season!

So, this is my reflection on the fall of 2019. Will we talk on this blog more, or will this be the last post of the year? Only time will tell. But for now, I wish you a wonderful week ahead, and stay cozy wherever you are!

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New And Improved Size Chart For PurringPyjamas!

Hello, and happy August! Oh, where did the summer go? We had a few weeks of nice weather, then cold weather, then the heatwave, and now we’re in this weird middle ground, when it’s not hot, but not exactly cold either. Soon the leaves will start turning all colors of the palette over here in Finland as the autumn slowly creeps in, letting the winter to take over eventually. But while we’re in the summer, here’s something new: a new and improved size chart!

So, what changed exactly? Not that much, except I added one more size! This is how my size chart looked earlier:

XXXS – kitten size, price €28
XXS – small cat, price €30
XS – average size cat, price €32
S – cat a bit bigger than average, price €33
M – big cat, price €35
L – really large cat, price €37
XL – very large cat, price €39

And while these sizes have worked for my shop for those 4.5 years I’ve been selling, I got to admit – they are really big in comparison to the industry standard. I also noticed that there’s a demand for smaller kitten size. The old kitten size usually fit kittens from 4 months of age, or big 3 month old ones. On top of that, I rebranded recently, so the color palette and the style of my shop changed.

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“Night Electric Night” sweater from the new collection. It is currently available at purringpyjamas.etsy.com! 🙂

These few factors helped me decide to take this step, and improve the size chart. So, I added a new size – an even smaller kitten size, and so now the lettering of the size moved one letter up. If you ordered size S in the past, now you should order size M, if it was M, then you should order size L, and so on. It’s important to note that PRICE DID NOT CHANGE AT ALL.

Here’s how my size chart goes now compared to the old one above:

XXXS (small kitten) – a completely new size, price €26
XXS (kitten) – the previous kitten size, used to be XXXS, price €28
XS – used to be XXS, price €30
S – used to be XS, price €32
M – used to be S, price €33
L – used to be M, price €35
XL – used to be L, price €37
XXL – used to be XL, price €39

As you can see the pricing stayed the same, only the “names” changed a bit. So far it seems to be working well, and the small kitten size hasn’t gone unnoticed by the customers either! I am very happy with how it looks and works now.

I hope you have a great week ahead of you, and don’t forget to enjoy the last bits of summer!

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PurringPyjamas Featured In Australian Cat Lover Magazine!

Hello everyone! I hope your week went well, and you’re all ready for the weekend fun! It’s been SOOOOOO hot over here in Finland – can’t wait for the weather to cool down already. I mean, Finnish apartments and houses do not have air conditioning (unless some people, who OWN houses, install it, but it’s still very uncommon), so you can imagine how fun it is when temperatures rise up to 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), and your apartment is on the south side… Great to get some light in the deep dark winter, but a whole lot of suffering during the heatwave! I mean, last year people were even advised to go to shopping centers to cool down during the heatwave as those are the only places with air conditioning lol. Anyhow, this is not a post about the weather, even though I hope it’s nice where you are!

You know where it’s definitely chillier? In beautiful Australia! And I am so happy to say my shop was featured in the newly created Australian Cat Lover online magazine. I was contacted by lovely Agnes, asking if I would be up to being featured in their magazine’s first Lifestyle feature. Of course, I said yes! I took some pictures of one of my sweaters, wrote a little description, and here it is – all nice and published, alongside other 9 beautiful things you can get for your feline friend:

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When it came to choosing which design I wanted published, I knew instantly that this sweater from “Buttons up!” collection would be the one. It was the very first design I added to my shop back in February of 2015, and I still love it just as much as I did on the very first day. I had a little photoshoot with one of my beautiful kitties – Bacha. She always makes for such a great model!

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Bacha

I am really happy with how the pictures, and the article turned out! You can check out the original article over here:

10 winter warmers for your cats in 2019

Have a great weekend, and talk to you soon!

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Introducing Vampiria: A New Fluffy Family Member

Hello! I hope your week is going well – mine sure is! Lots of work, lots of ideas – always good times when you’re excited about all the new things coming your way. 🙂

As you already understood from the title, we got a new kitten. And no, she isn’t a completely “fresh” member of the family – she’s been with us for 3.5 weeks (will be 4 weeks this Friday; we brought her home May 17th). As much as I wanted to, I decided to not introduce her “officially” yet, and rather concentrate on her quarantine time, and later – focus on introducing her to our other 3 Sphynxes.

Let’s start from the beginning. Vampiria was born on January 5th, 2019 – a tiny Sphynx baby. I found her breeder on Instagram, and immediately fell in love with her kittens. As soon as I saw the “V” litter (they were maybe 3-4 weeks old at a time?), I knew I had to have one of the kittens. She said that Vampiria was the only one left unreserved from the litter – and she was perfect. We reserved her asap, and then there was the looooong waiting until May when we could pick her up. Thankfully, the breeder updated her Instagram often, and sent pictures and videos of Vampiria, which made the waiting a whole lot easier!

Vampiria is seal point with white, in case you’re interested in her color. She is pet class kitten, and has some hair on her body, and very soft fur on her face, ears, paws and tail. And, of course, beautiful blue eyes, which suit her color beautifully.

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She’s very playful, loving and overall amazing kitten. She eats raw diet, but I will talk more about it in a different blog post – it’s always an interesting topic to explore!

So, you may ask how is she getting on with the other cats? Honestly, exactly, how I expected. Beliza is a “mommy” type of cat – she’s gentle, friendly, and always behaves like a mom towards kittens. She and Vampiria stopped hissing at each other after about 3-4 days when introduction started (just a note: once you bring a new kitten home, you should have 2 weeks of quarantine period, where the kitten is kept separately from other cats, but I usually see if there are any signs of illness, how the kitten and other cats are adjusting, and wing it. The minimum for me still usually is about 10-12 days, but I’ll talk more about it in a separate blog post).

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Well, and then there’s Bacha. Don’t get me wrong – she’s an amazing cat. She’s very loving, however, she’s been quite fearful of other animals since we got her as a kitten. She was fearful of Aether, when we brought him home two years ago, so I knew we will have to take special precautions when introducing Vampiria as well. We made sure to keep them at distance, we always watched out that Vampiria wouldn’t spook Bacha, wouldn’t playfully jump on her, etc. Bacha is NOT aggressive – however, she may react in a negative way if she gets spooked. Now that Vampiria has been out and about for almost 2 weeks, all is good. They hiss at each other a tiny bit here and there, but I am 100% confident they’re both in a good place. Bacha usually completely ignores Vampiria, and Vampiria learned that Bacha does not want to be her play buddy. They both have a healthy respect for each other (for now at least), so all is going well.

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Then there’s Aether. He’s a gentle soul and my love – he has a very special place in my heart as I feel we have a very special connection. Now don’t get me wrong – I love all my cats to bits, and they all get equal amount of love and attention, but I think we all have that special someone, who’s there when hard times hit. It’s normal. He was abused as a kitten by one mean spirited cat, so he always clung to me. BUT! This article is not about Aether – as I mentioned, he’s a very gentle boy, and I wasn’t sure how he was going to react to Vampiria. Well, he was very curious, but shy and a bit scared of her. However, you know the saying where curiosity killed the cat? Well, that’s what happened to Aether, haha! Vampiria isn’t shy, so she tried to play with him a few times, and now they’re best friends! I am very happy about it as Bacha and Beliza are sisters, and they always automatically just stuck to each other, and Aether was a bit left out. Also, they’re older, so they can’t (and don’t want to) play all the time with him. Aether and Vampiria are both very active and love spending time with each other – they always play together, run around, share toys, etc. They both seem to be very happy, which makes my heart sing. Even now I can hear them playing in the bedroom – they’ve been doing so for the past hour. 🙂

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I think I talked about everything, more or less. Getting a new kitten when you already have other cats can be quite stressful as you need to go through all the quarantine and introduction process, but it’s so worth it! In case you’re interested, here are Vampiria’s breeder’s Instagram pages (the breeder is based in Saint Petersburg, Russia):

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Sphynx My Gremlins Cat

I hope you have a great week ahead of you, and talk to you soon!

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PurringPyjamas Christmas Collection 2018: Bling, Snow & Winter Greens

Hello! Ah, it’s so nice to finally release this Christmas collection! It’s been in the works for a few months now – all of the sweaters are “Ready to ship”, so I needed to roll up the sleeves, do quite a bit of knitting, and weave in those endless ends (pun wasn’t intended, but let’s just keep it there 😀 ). And hey, before you start shouting at me for talking about Christmas in early October – I am just trying to make sure everyone receives their Christmas gifts and jumpers for their family pictures! Considering I am shipping from Finland, and both the weather and the post office work in mysterious ways, it’s always nice to receive your stuff better early than late! Now after all that is cleared up, let’s get into the collection (yay!). 🙂

This collection contains 8 sweaters, and 3 of them have bows! I love bows, can you tell, haha? The first sweater is made from a very soft acrylic yarn that’s meant for babies, so rest assured – this sweater is REALLY soft, and it won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin. It is also very stretchy! It is available in quite a few sizes, so if you’re interested in checking it out, you can do so here: Red lace.

The next sweater is made of wool. The yarn has beautiful alternating red shades, but that’s not all! It also has a thin gold thread running through it, making the sweater shiny. It definitely won’t blind you, but it’s a nice detail that adds something interesting to the overall look of the sweater. It also features the very loved velvet bow and a ruby red bead. The sweater is available in a few sizes over here: Gold Ruby.

The third member of the bow family is this very Christmasy sweater in green & red colors. It features a cute velvet bow and a faux pearl. It’s a perfect choice for all the lovers of everything classy and elegant! The sweater is made of acrylic, making it really soft. You can take a closer look at this sweater over here: Pearl Christmas.

Another thing I’ve been loving lately is pom poms. I think they’re so fun, and can instantly make any and every sweater cute and festive!

For the first sweater I chose the classical bright Christmas red for the yarn and the 3 pom poms that shout Christmas, winter & fun – green, white & red! There’s also a “catch” with these pom poms – they’re shiny! Yep, these pom poms are fluffy, and all that fluff blings like there’s no tomorrow! The yarn is 75% wool & 25 polyamide, which means it is perfect for those winter evenings, when everybody just wants to be cozy. It will surely keep your kitty warm & comfy with all that wool & stretch it offers! It is available in ALL sizes, starting with XXXS (kitten size) all the way through XL. You can check it out over here: Bling all the way.

The second sweater is everything we love about winter! Well, if you love winter that is. Build a snowman with your kitty with the help of this sweater! It’s absolutely cute, and that 100% wool yarn offers all the warmth your kitty may need! Take a look at the sweater over here: Let’s Build A Snowman.

Many people think of color red when they hear the word “Christmas”. But Christmas to me is also all the greenery – the Christmas tree, the wreath… I love green!

The first sweater is very stretchy and has a nice fluff to it due to the yarn containing mohair. It’s also very soft and light, but it will surely keep your kitty warm even on the coldest of nights! It features an elegant deer button (there are 3 options of deer available!). The sweater comes in all sizes (XXXS (kitten)-XL). You can find the sweater over here: Oh Deer.

The second sweater is made of a high quality super soft acrylic yarn. It features a cute moose/deer (who knows?) button, so Rudolph will never forget to visit your home! If you’d like, you can visit Rudolph over here: Red Nose Rudolph.

And last, but definitely not the least, is this sweater. Or should I say a waistcoat? Well, it can be whatever you want it to be! It is made of 100% wool mint color yarn, and definitely is comfy and stretchy. And while you might argue this sweater is not very Christmasy… Well, it IS Christmasy to me! I don’t know exactly what’s so festive about it, maybe the light mint color, or maybe the shiny gold accents just remind me of calm of the wintertime, and that peaceful feeling of the Christmas eve. The sweater is available over here: Mint Peace.

And that’s it! The whole Christmas collection is revealed now and available for purchase! I wish you a great weekend ahead of you, and I will talk to you very soon!

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No, my sweaters are not made of gold: here’s an exact cost breakdown of PurringPyjamas sweaters

Hi! Long time, no talk! 🙂 I’ve been so busy – fall season always comes and goes by so quickly… I wish it hung around for longer! However, that also means some suuuuuper excited things are coming very soon – like next week soon, *wink wink* 🙂

Before we get into all the fun, I want to talk about a more serious topic. It seems like every year there’s something that needs clarifying – and today is that day of the year 2018. A couple of days ago I saw a post (or a comment rather) that made me quite upset. I am all good now, because some people will always talk nasty things, but if there’s one thing that I love it’s transparency. So, today we’re breaking down the cost of my sweaters, and exactly what you’re paying for when you buy one (thank you for buying! :)).

I always thought about making this kind of blog post, but what gave me the needed push was a comment on Facebook. I am a member of quite a few Sphynx related groups on Facebook, and in one of them somebody asked some cat clothing recommendations. About 99% of the time I don’t really jump to advertising myself, and this was no exception. However, I did the follow-up on the thread just to see what other people had to say. One person suggested to the author of the original post to take a look on Etsy, and she also added a screenshot of one person’s knitted cat sweater. I am familiar with that knitter, she’s amazing! Her sweater was €26 + the shipping costs. Then under that comment another lady comments: “Oh, that sweater must be made of a golden thread to cost this much”. The seller whose sweater costs €26 is from The Netherlands. The person who criticized? She’s from Lithuania, a small Baltic country, and she said she’s “proud of selling (weirdly made – in my opinion) acrylic sweaters for €15” (on top of that would come the shipping cost). Now, in case you’re wondering why the country matters… Lithuania is like 50% cheaper than The Netherlands or Finland where I live. And yes, what I am saying is accurate, because I spent a week traveling all around Lithuania in the summer of 2018. The yarn, the shipping… these things cost a fraction of what it does over here in Finland. If I had an opportunity to lower the prices, I absolutely would! Also, let’s not forget the currency exchange fees, PayPal fees, Etsy increasing it’s fees from 3.5% to 5%…

Now, let’s break down the costs behind the sweater that’s been in my shop for years – the cute rainbow:

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I will be breaking down the costs of the sweater in size XS, which costs €32 (there’s no additional shipping costs).

Etsy takes off 5% seller’s fee, on top of that comes VAT, PayPal fee (if the person uses PayPal), currency exchange fee, etc. From a €32 sweater I’d normally pay about €3.00 in fees. And, of course, I still need to pay the income tax to the government, but let’s just skip that altogether.

Yarn that I use for this particular sweater is 75% wool & 25% polyamide, and 150g ball costs €7.95. In order to make size XS, I use about 100g of yarn. That would make the yarn costs €5.30. It takes about 3 hours to make the sweater from beginning to end, including sewing in all the loose ends. Average pay per hour in Finland is €10-13. I’ll take the average of €11 – that means I’d be paid €33 for 3 hours of work (which is already higher than the sweater cost itself). If the sweater has beads, the price increases by another €1 or so, depending on how fancy the beads/decorations are. After the sweaters are finished, they’re always prewashed, in order to make sure the colors don’t “bleed” and that the sweaters are super clean. Let’s add €0,50 for that.

After the sweater is dry, it’s time to package it up. I use wrapping paper, natural fiber thread, decorative tape and a big brown padded envelope. The costs of wrapping & shipping materials would make about €1. Again, I am not counting in the time spent on packing. On top of that I have printed care instructions & “Thank You” cards, so that adds about another €0.50.

Then I need to take a train to a different district as there’s no post office where I live. The ticket costs €2.40. Now, the biggest cost is the shipping. It’s OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive over here in Finland, and has risen about 20% since 2015, which is beyond scary. Anyhow, sweater in size XS weighs over 100g, usually about 112g. That means the shipping costs €12.50, if I ship outside Europe. And most of my clients come from countries like USA & Canada.

Now let’s add the costs:

€3.00+5.30+0.5+1+0.5+0.5+2.40+12.50=25.70.

And now my profit:

€32-€25.70=€6.30

So… this is how much my profit is from a €32 sweater: €6.30, meaning I get paid about €2/hour. Again, normal job in Finland pays €10-13/hour. This means I make way under hourly salary. That’s where the part of me loving what I do comes in – I absolutely love knitting, it helps me to relax and just turn off the brain from overthinking. Of course, it’s up to you if you’re willing to pay €32 for a handmade sweater that was made because someone loves what they do. But if you’re one of those people thinking that everyone makes thousands of dollars each month by overcharging, maybe you should rethink – most handmade businesses that are transparent don’t make more than what you’d earn doing average job.

Beliza & Aether

I love when things are transparent, free and clear of all inhibition and judgement. – Pharrell Williams

Let’s be less judgemental and more understanding & loving towards one another. 🙂

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New Sweaters In PurringPyjamas Shop + Aether’s Debut As A Model!

Hello! How are you doing? Maybe you’re having a break from this heatwave? ‘Cause we sure have! It’s still warm, but we’re not melting at least! And while winter isn’t on your mind right now (or maybe it is? I can’t wait for cooler weather!), let’s talk about it as it will come in no time. Today I want to talk about the new additions to PurringPyjamas shop!

bacha

Being cute and very purrfessional!

The first sweater is blue and white, which can stand for many things. Over here in Finland it would stand for the saying about Finland being a country of snow and a thousand lakes (believe me, we have waaaaay more than a thousand of them, haha), to someone it may associate with white sandy beaches and sea, and to someone else it may remind about the dark blue skies and some white clouds – I am sure I am not the only one who used to try to find different shaped clouds that would remind of some animal or something. Whatever you associate these colors with, they are always fun to add to anyone’s collection!

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Looking cute!

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Curious about what’s going on.

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Oh, and what’s there?

 

You can find these awesome blue and white sweaters over here: Blue & White Sails

Now the next sweater is something that will always be a load of fun! These stripes look sunny, bright and will keep your little Sphynx feeling like it’s forever spring! I love spring, and what about you? I think it’s amazing to finally get more sun and see the nature being reborn and blossoming. What a wonderful thing to see!

bacha

Hello!

bacha

Thoughtful.

So yes, as you guessed already, these minimalistic sweaters were inspired by spring. As cheesy as it sounds, a lot of the time we really do forget to just stop and smell the flowers around us. But cats never forget the little things in life, so it’s something useful that we can learn from our little friends. There’s beauty in simplicity, and for this reason these sweaters are what one might call “plain”. But I say they’re just enough! 😊

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Bacha showing off her best poses. 🙂

 

You can get these super fun sweaters over here: Striped Spring

aether

Looking for those toys!

aether

Still looking!

And yes, we always have to have something pink! This pastel color striped sweater will fit many people’s tastes. It’s minimalistic with only 3 little beads attached to the neck, so this sweater isn’t for the flashy ones!

aether

Where did all the toys go?

 

You can get the striped sweater here: Pink Stripes

aether

Oh, that’s where the toys are!

aether

Mom, what’s up there?

Now this pink is the complete opposite of the pastel striped sweater – it’s in neon coral pink color! The sweater is very bright (as I’m sure you can see from the pictures) and not suitable for the faint hearted! 😊 It also has a nice modern mixed with a classic touch to it – a beautiful decoration made from classy pearl and silver tubes.

aether

Who said boys can’t wear pink? Aether looks fabulous rocking his pink sweater!

 

The sweater is available here: Modern Coral Pink

bacha

Curious little creature.

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Is that catnip that I smell?

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Hearing the toys jingle.

bacha

And what’s up there?

 

And now… Welcome to the bow kingdom! These sweaters are not only cute, but they’re also warm! They’re perfect if you want to add some bling to your daily life – the teal color sweater has blue shiny thread running through it, while the pinky beige has a holographic one. Whichever one you choose, you can be sure about your kitty shinning bright like a diamond!

 

 

You can check out the teal sweater here: Teal Dreams

And you will find the beige one over here: Holo Fantasies

beliza

Looking cute dressed in purple.

beliza

Come here, toy!

Continuing with the shiny theme, here’s another sweater. It’s beautiful metallic purple, which you don’t see everyday. The sweater is super soft, very light and stretchy, but still very warm. The yarn itself cost me a small fortune, but I liked it so much that I decided to ignore a pretty big price tag. And I am surely happy I did!

Beliza

A moment of silence.

 

This unique metallic sweater is available here: Shades Of Purple

Beliza

Cute!

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This sweater is basically the same color as her eyes. 🙂

And last, but not least is this super fluffy, bluish gray sweater. It’s pretty hard to describe it’s color – in some light it looks bluish gray, while in other situations it seems to be more of a grayish blue. However you look at it, the sweater is still just as beautiful! It’s very warm, thick and has a nice softness to it making it a really good option for cold weather. It also has some multicolored beads attached that make the sweater even cuter.

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Calm.

 

You can take a closer look at the sweater here: Bluish Gray Softness

I hope you enjoyed this short blog post and a few of the new designs that had been just added to my shop! Have a great week ahead of you, and talk to you soon!

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