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:

rainbow sweater

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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