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!

Bacha

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):

Sphynx My Gremlins

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:

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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TOP 5 Online Cat Games My Cats Love

Hello! It seems like we survived the heatwave (yay!), and we can finally breathe again! It makes me so happy to see the cats being more active and playful instead of rolling all over the floor trying to cool down. Now that the playtime is back on the menu, I decided to share a few online games my cats love.

You can play them for your cats on your phone, laptop or tablet – all of these work well!

Number 1 and our favorite: catching mice!

Number 2: litter box fly!

Number 3: catching koi fish!

Number 4: catching a gecko!

And last, but not least: catching fish!

I hope your little friend will enjoy at least one of these games!

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Why Every Single Sweater Is A Trial And Error – And Some Cute Pictures Of my Cats

Hi, everyone! It’s been couple of weeks, and it’s time for a new blog post! This one was planned already a week ago – I knew I will be writing about the new sweaters I will be adding to the shop (yep, it’s that time of the year already!). And I am writing about the sweaters I originally planned, just that they turned out to be… a fail. Yes, you heard me right – I am writing about the sweaters that failed, which also proves that not everything that looks good is actually practical.

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Pretty in pink.

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Curious.

So I got these super cute faux fur pompoms couple of months ago. They definitely were bigger than I thought when originally purchasing them, but I was like “Well, you know – go big, or go home! Bigger ones will look even cuter on the hoodies!”. And they DO look cute! However, they are very impractical simply because they’re too big, which results in them being too heavy.

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Being lazy.

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Oh, but what’s there?

What I mean by saying “too heavy” is that they would fall on the side of the cat’s neck, which means that the hood is in an uncomfortable position. It also would annoy the cat if they want to eat/drink. For this reason these sweaters definitely won’t be something I will be adding to my shop! Because even though they look cute, I wouldn’t be selling something I think is uncomfortable.

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Not bothered by the hoodie falling in weird positions.

Beliza

Activating playmode!

Everything is always tried out by my cats beforehand, and if I see that something annoys them, then it means it will most likely annoy other cats as well. I will definitely be making some kind of sweaters (maybe will stick with hoodies, just no pompoms?) from these green and pink yarns, cause they’re beautiful!

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Thoughtful.

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Typical Beliza – curious, but too lazy to do anything.

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Hello, pompom, my old friend.

I hope you enjoyed some pictures of my cats and failed sweaters, haha! Talk to you very soon!

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