Lola and Lily and Lola and Luc are mother-and-child monster pairs who love to go on adventures.
Penny is a one-eyed adorable monster who loves tea parties and giggles
Presley is a round monster who’s the king of the playground.
They are the lovable monsters from Knitting Expedition, and they come all the way from the Ifugao region.
Amidst the rice terraces, where hydrangeas bloom freely and fireflies flicker at night, a group of women taught by Meredith Ramirez Talusan and Anna Maltz, industriously knit as part of Ricefield Collective, which began as a way to sustain the way of life of farmers who tend to the rice terraces in the Philippines. As part of the collective, these women knit hats, cowls, scarves and other high quality accessories. The income from these endeavours helped provide a fulfilling means for them to stay on their ancestral land. However, because of sustainability issues, Ricefield Collective suspendedoperations in September 2014.
Two friends and avid knitters, Candy Reyes-Alipio and mom of one Aueeie M. Suarez, have taken their love for the craft and continued what Ricefield Collective had began. They spent a week in the village in late October 2014, refreshing the ladies’ knitting skills and teaching them new patterns. The first collection are hand-knit monsters, designed by Rebecca Danger, that have captured the hearts of the knitters who made them and everyone else who want to adopt them and take them home.
Collections for home accessories and woolly warmers are also being planned. It is the hope of Candy and Aueeie to continue what Ricefield Collective had started, to provide supplementary income for the women to maintain the rice terraces, that are not only an awe-inspiringlegacy of their town but also of the Philippines, and which has provided sustenance for generations of their families.
The name Knitting Expedition signifies Candy and Aueeie's journey as knitters and the distance that the hand-knit products have to travel to make it to your homes.
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