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I Really Love Liz Climo

One of my favourite illustrators is Liz Climo. I had seen one of her cartoons on my Facebook feed one day, and when I visited her page, I just couldn’t stop.

I love her idea of friendship shown through animals, which just feels so natural and happy. Especially at the times where we find ourselves in a non-stop swirl of grief and sadness, Liz Climo’s little vignettes remind me of the small things to be thankful for. The animal kingdom is so large and diverse, and it makes me ask myself, if those guys can figure it out, why can’t we?

Lunapads: Washable Cloth Pads

My first impression of reusable pads was pretty lukewarm. I never really thought about it, as I’ve just grown up with the idea of disposable pads. Few friends can attest that I’m kind of obsessed with menstrual pads, which I usually refer to as “ladythings.”

Back in university, a buddy of mine was over at my apartment and saw that in my bathroom was literally a pile of ladythings higher than an average person’s knee.

Mark Cuban stocks up on toothpaste, I stock up on ladythings. It’s my thing. They are not perishable, and it’s something I use consistently. If it’s on sale, yes, assholes, I fill up my cart like it’s Doomsday.

Fast-forward maybe a decade later, and now I have a new story!

Meeting the Ladies

By chance, an acquaintance of mine had connected me with Lunapads to talk about some website work for a project they had called G Day. It’s all very woman-focused, and at our first meeting, I was immediately struck by the way they spoke and regarded their work.

There are some people who are kind of hammy and annoying, despite the goodness of their product. And then there are others who give off an immediate sense of goodness more naturally. Perhaps it was because their primary goal was to help other girls out, and with this current landscape we find ourselves in, I suppose it struck a cord.

Talking with Madeleine and Alysha felt like their whole point to exist was for other young women, and whether that’s a product they sell or an event that they organize, it all felt really heartwarming and real. They talked about growing up and the awkwardness of it all, as well as this notion of power with numbers, and that it takes a village to raise a child.

Their company and organization sprung from a natural need to pay it forward, and it felt really good to be able to lend a hand wherever I could.

This, of course, led to me being curious about their flagship product, Lunapads. Again, this wasn’t really something I had ever thought about. Just like toothpaste or toilet paper, ladythings to me were literally waste products of which to be disposed.

But looking at it more, a close comparison to this would be using cloth diapers on children. I think I grew up with that. I don’t recall. Either way, it wasn’t that far-fetched to me at that point, so I went ahead and ordered a Deluxe Kit in all black and a pair of their MAIA undies.

What Do I Think About Lunapads?

My friends, I really like it. I’ve been using them for about 3 months now, which, granted, is not that long. But for what its worth:

Things I like about Lunapads:

  • I have pretty sensitive skin. Maybe everyone says that, but I’ve always had a tough time with certain fabrics and materials against my skin. Again, I never really thought about it, but since using Lunapads, completely taking out these plastics that sit against your ladyparts all day was a noticeable benefit.
  • Obviously, less garbage. Way less.
  • Also, while the upfront cost of purchasing these bad boys were pretty up there, I like the idea that I don’t need to go to a store anymore. It’s one less thing to “refill” or check. And I think that there are more benefits that even out the cost. To me, it’s not just the bottom line of money.
  • The MAIA underwear also provided really good leak protection for when I go to bed. I used to worry about it a lot, but they fit well and I haven’t had any accidents so far.
  • The other thing that makes Lunapads different is that they come with inserts that make it much easier to swap out during the day. I looked at other brands, and I was kind of uncomfortable with the idea of wearing the same thing all day. I have the same apprehensions about hot tubs, however. I’m not a fan of sitting in my own filth, much less in other people’s filth. So this is a totally personal choice.
  • Their support team is so amazing. They are so nice and are so friendly. I’m very big on good support teams in general, and a large part of keeping my loyalties come down to this. If support is shitty, I am so quick to leave.
  • I did have to make a few changes in my routine. Instead of just throwing away used ones, I wash them after each change. I do the same with my dishes (for the most part). I don’t like letting things sit. Since I work from home, it’s not a huge thing for me to stay put and indoors for when I get the ladypains.
  • Getting the Lunapads in black seemed like a good choice in the beginning, just to cater to my personal abhorrence to stains of any kind. But later I found that it was kind of difficult to tell them apart by size. I ended up adding some colour-coded stitching to the back edges so that I could tell the long pads from the maxi pads. OMG, was that a nerdy thing? Do I give a shit? NO, NOT REALLY.

    Subtle line stitches to help me quickly tell what size pad I’m using.
  • It might be odd to mention it, but the fabric is also kind of cozy, and maybe in my mind, that kind of comfort affects my way of thinking. Perhaps a little bit of the hygge craze played a part in this.

Some kind of con list:

  • They sell travel bags and little pouches for when you’re on the go, but I think when I travel or go camping, I’d still use the disposable versions. I have to draw the line at keeping soiled things like this in my purse or bag. No thanks.
  • The other downside for me was that the mini sizes shifted around too much. This comes down to our varied shapes and build, of course, so that’s not really anyone’s fault. I took advantage of their exchange policy and was able to get 2 more long pads instead. These work much better for me. Mostly because I’m an old lady at heart, and I love my coverage. If I could swaddle myself without the social stigma of it all, I would.

More Lunapads?

It kind of goes against the idea of reusable, but I did end up buying a second pair of MAIA’s and a pack of their long pantyliners. I swear it’s the last time! Until the next time!

This time I felt a little brave and went for the patterned versions.

Unicorn Lunapads
They had a pattern with unicorns on it called, “Night Mares.” How can I not buy???

I’ve read other reviews about reusable pads in general, and I find that I do relate to a lot of them. I feel good about creating less garbage, and that it’s a different way of thinking all together. Again, it’s still pretty early for me, compared to those who have been using these for years, but I still kind of get a little excited about getting my ladypains just so I can use them.

So yes, I’d recommend this to anyone interested in it!

Knit City 2017

Love, love, love!

I spent a bit of my weekend at the PNE Forum, walking in what felt like a meadow of yarn and fabric. Each year brings bigger and better things for Knit Social, and Knit City 2017 was as awesome as I expected!

Part of what really gets me excited about Knit City is seeing everyone’s projects shown off. Every person at Knit City was wearing a piece that they had made, from shawls to vests to sweaters to full on dresses. It’s an amazing collection of talent and time and devotion.

I loved how normal it is for everyone to just set up their shit and go to town. There were tons of people just sitting down, eating hotdogs while they knitted. That level of mastery is something I would like to achieve one day. People who didn’t know each other were openly talking about their projects and giving each other advice.

Another one of my favourite discoveries is sashiko stitching, from A Threaded Needle. It pretty much addresses my penchant for small, obsessive and repetitive movement. I was beside a gaggle of ladies who were all melting down from how cool the technique was.

One of the many patterns that caught my eye was this one called Hamilton by Josée Paquin. Of course, I bought the book.

And Heidi Kirrmaier, the other 50% of this book? She’s a fucking engineer. All these amazing women with these backgrounds that totally break impressions of old women with teapots and aprons always make me so happy and proud.

And another stop I made was at the Pip & Pin booth, where I really got into this super nice short shirt called Mount Pleasant. I tried to purchase their lookbook, but apparently it wasn’t for sale. I was forwarded to their Ravelry page, which had more amazing stuff.

Highlights also included me running into my high school Math teacher, Mrs. Robertson. Glad to report that she had retired ten years ago, and is happily weaving and collecting looms as part of the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild.

Lastly, here is the obligatory (but partial) photo of my haul. It was difficult to hold back, friends. And yes, I have more than one of each of those skeins.

On my way out, I said goodbye to Amanda at the Knit Social booth.

Amanda: “You’re leaving already?”

Me: “I don’t want to, but…”

I touched my bag lightly, which was already barfing yarn and merch.

Me: “I must leave.