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Thank you, thank you – an update on the fundraiser in memory of our son

Ecstatic and overwhelmed with your generosity regarding the fundraiser in memory of our son. Trying to stay calm with the help of #embroidery #airembroideryclub

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Thank you, thank you, thank you. These are the words I can muster in the midst of all these emotions. Last Friday, we celebrated the one year anniversary of the death of our baby boy, and launched a fundraiser in his memory, to benefit the Portuguese Red Nose foundation. Our goal is to make a donation of 2000€. And guess what? We’re two thirds of the way there, in just these very few days. I have no words to describe our gratitude.

On Saturday, as I was seeing the notifications of your donations landing in my inbox, I couldn’t help being overwhelmed with many emotions – so I turned to a little embroidery to calm me down. (It’s June’s project over at the Embroidery Club, and this time it’s an actual garment I’m embroidering on!)

Please keep helping us by donating, if possible, and sharing the fundraiser page with your own networks, via email and social media (the URL is very easy: And please keep checking the page to see the updated amount raised.

Thank you.


Bem hajam, queridos leitores. No meio de todas estas emoções, fica difícil articular muito mais do que o nosso sentido agradecimento pelo vosso imenso e generoso apoio. Na sexta-feira passada celebrámos o primeiro aniversário da morte do nosso bebé Daniel e lançámos uma campanha de angariação de fundos para que possamos fazer um donativo, em memória do Daniel, à Operação Nariz Vermelho. Nestes poucos dias, e graças à vossa ajuda, já atingimos dois terços do nosso objectivo!

Foi com imensa emoção que no Sábado, enquanto via as notificações de transferências e de donativos via PayPal a chegarem à minha caixa de correio, tive de me acalmar com um pouco de bordado. (Desta feita, o bordado de Junho do Clube de Bordado. É a primeira vez que bordo uma peça de roupa!)

Por favor continuem a ajudar-nos a espalhar a palavra: a campanha continuará a decorrer até ao dia 21 de Junho, e quanto mais dinheiro angariarmos, mais crianças vamos poder ajudar. Se puderem, façam um donativo; e partilhem por mail e nas redes sociais, por favor, a página da campanha, que tem o seguinte link:

Bem hajam!

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Celebrating Side Projects and Entrepreneurship

Polka dots, always. #embroidery

Hi everyone! As you can see, needles are unstoppable here in the studio and there are always new products coming up.

I just wanted to share a link with you: sometime ago, I was asked to contribute with an article to the blog “On the Side Project”. Here, entrepreneurs share the stories of how they started their side projects and how their ideas progressed with time and effort.

In the article I wrote, I told the story of abbrigate*’s inception, as well as how I started the zine I write and publish monthly, called “We’re in Panama!”.

You may read the article here and check out the latest issue of my zine here.

I would love to hear from you: how did you start your own side projects? If you haven´t (yet), do you have a dream you still want to make real?

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As we´ve written here before, abbrigate* was born as a fun and entrepreneurial project undertaken by two friends and partners, Joji  and Billy. We started out having lots of work paired with lots of fun, learning new things about creating and running a small-scale business and, mostly, rejoicing with every single kimono shipped to a new home. Each knitted garment felt like an accomplishment, because we truly believe that handmade goods are special and unique.

But life takes its turns and it is with a kind of nostalgia mixed with happiness that we have to share with you that Joji, one of the wizards behind the brand and the designer of the Baby Kimono, had to part ways with us. We´re sad to see our friend and business partner leave – doing business with Joji was fun! – but we´re happy to know she´s now fully focusing on her ongoing projects.

So, as sad as we feel to see our partner leave, we´re happy to know she´s happy and… well, she is always around when help or advice are needed. Cheers to you, Joji!


Ya habíamos mencionado acá que abbrigate* nació como un emprendimiento de dos amigas y socias, Joji y Billy. Comenzamos esta aventura con mucha alegría y también mucho trabajo, aprendiendo con cada etapa de nuestro proyecto y, sobre todo, viviendo con mucha emoción la confección y venta de cada una de nuestras prendas. De cada vez que salía de nuestras manos un nuevo Kimonito, sentíamos una ilusión muy grande porque realmente creemos que las prendas hechas a mano son especiales.

Pero la vida tiene sus cosas y es con mixto de nostalgia y también de felicidad que les contamos que Joji, una de las hechiceras de nuestro cuento y la diseñadora de los Baby Kimonos, tuvo que dejarnos. A pesar de tristes por su partida, estamos muy contentos porque sabemos que ahora Joji puede concentrar toda su energía en sus proyectos.

Y, por suerte, siempre está disponible para ayudarnos, así que felicidades para vos, Joji!

New model: sneak preview!

Hi everyone! We had a short blog-break here at abbrigate* due to a short trip to Rio de Janeiro. The weather was lovely and warm, very warm, too warm even to think about knitting, but the knitting-bug bit anyway.

As we´ve mentioned before, we´re developing a new design for older kids, which we hope to be launching very soon. We´ll be using a new yarn called Big Merino, custom dyed by Joji specially for us. It´s 100% argentine merino wool, super soft and bulky weight.

Exciting news, right? Can´t wait to share more with you. In the meantime, have a great week and thank you for stopping by!

new abbrigate* design coming soon! (I)

new abbrigate* design coming soon! (II)

new abbrigate* design coming soon! (III)

Hola a todos, después de esta cortita pausa en el blog. Anduvimos viajando por tierras bien veraniegas, donde solamente pensar en tejido nos hacía transpirar. Sin embargo, como todos sabemos, el tejido es un camino de ida y no pudimos dejar de tejer un poco, a pesar de la altísima temperatura. Así que el prototipo de nuestro nuevo modelo está casi listo. Para este nuevo diseño vamos a usar una lana especialmente teñida por Joji, integralmente compuesta por lana merino argentina, muy suave y de altísima calidad.

Por acá, hay muchas ganas de compartir el nuevo modelo con ustedes, así que vuelvan pronto!