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 Lunapads!

Weaving Classes at Sanjo Silk Studios

It started as a post on Instagram, as one of the Knitting Ladies from Knit Social, Amanda, had been busting out beautiful scarves like nobody’s business.

Yarning for more… options

Part of my interest was from previous dealings with knitting some seriously variegated yarns. I really disliked the look of it when the colours got all tangled and stitched together. The colours pooled in odd ways, and it really drove me nuts. I know a lot of people like the way they look, but it just wasn’t for me. Here’s an image of a sweater I made, which was really fun to knit, but I only wore once. I really hated the pooling!

I had been looking for classes, and did initially sign up for one at Baaad Anna’s, however, that was later cancelled because we didn’t have enough people signed up! I was looking forward to it for so long! Did I flip out? Maybe a little bit. I’m pretty dramatic about this stuff, guys.

A few days later, like a misty dream on an enchanted seascape with the clouds parting at the sound of three cherubs singing a sustained note, in the form of a Facebook post, Amanda sent me a link to Sanjo Silk’s Weaving Classes.

Get Me A Seat in This Class, Woman!

The classes ran from 7pm to 9pm each Wednesday for one month. They were held at their studio in Granville Island, which was awesome because it gave me the opportunity to hop on the little False Creek ferries in the evening.

Apart from learning a new craft, I was excited at the prospect of me getting out of the house. It became something to which I looked forward after work, and was a welcome break from simply turning off my monitor and firing up Netflix.

It was a small class, just four of us around a table in the middle of the studio. Once in a while, some tourists would walk by and point, making me feel a little bit like I was in a fishbowl. (But then again, it might also be attributed to the fact that Sanjo Silk has some fucking amazing shit.)

We were introduced to the Ashford Knitter’s Loom, and I totally fell in love. It was a foldable little guy that came with its own bag. A loom in a bag. What the…? Heck, yes!

We had some weird experiments with beautiful yarns, which I matched with some from my stash.

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Totally Worth It

Jo was a wonderful instructor, and my classmates and I had so much fun with our looms. We learned the basics of weaving, of course, but also had the chance to play around with decorative elements by skipping lines and looping yarns around one another. I took to the task completely, and I knew from the get-go that I was going to love weaving.

There was an intro to the technicals, of course, but it was pretty much up to our own imaginations to see what trouble we could get into.

We all ended up purchasing our own Ashford looms after the last class. I got a 16″ rigid heddle loom with a 12.5 reed. The awesome thing was that while I didn’t enjoy knitting lighter/fingering weight yarn, weaving this weight was so enjoyable! It’s so different when it comes to weaving.

The drape is so nice, and I didn’t feel like I was working with dental floss all around my fingers. Perfect!

I’ve been weaving like a mad motherfucker for months now! Here’s the same yarn from the Grace sweater that I ripped up and turned into scarves!

Look at that texture! Look at all these exclamation points! I’ve worked myself up into a tizzy!

And here is an image of Tina wearing a sample square I made with some leftover yarn, looking like something right out of Dr. Zhivago because cat.

 

Sprucing up the website

I’ve realized that I’ve been more active on Instagram and Pinterest lately, and I wanted to share some of those images and photos with you. It’s been a while since I made some additions and changes, and it felt like a great time (more than a year since the last update) to spruce things up a bit. I’ve added some more windows into my life on the sidebar over there.

I have a ton of photos of Tina Tuna, which I love sharing because she is so wonderful. I’ve also been really into weaving, and have gotten myself a nice rigid heddle loom.

FRIDAY NIGHT IS VERY EXCITING FOR ME.

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In other news, I’ve sort of begun writing things down more regularly, but have been hesitant to post them publicly. I feel like I am still starting to get back into the idea of blogging, and recently, I’ve just felt like I’ve had a more clear direction of where I want to go and where I want to be. I’ll try and get things sorted and see if I can start posting things again in a more sensible way.