The return of Cruel Tea

Back in 2009, which seems like an eternity and three lifetimes ago, my imaginary friend Emma and I decided to have a go at selling rude teatime treats at Craftacular. We sold out and yet didn’t make a penny, thanks to our complete lack of economic sense.

However! Cruel Tea is now back, this time thanks to the busy knitting bees at Cambodia Knits, a fantastic social enterprise working with marginalized communities near Phnom Penh. They provide paid training in knitting skills and believe that employment is an empowering way out of poverty, especially when that employment is fairly paid and works within the constraints communities face.

I’ve been working with them over the past few months to produce some new cosies, which you can now buy at the Cruel Tea Etsy shop. I hope it’s a success – I’d love to continue supporting Cambodia Knits with more orders.

Also check out Cambodia Knits’ own range of hand knitted monsters and animals.

4 Responses to “The return of Cruel Tea”
  1. Lisa-Marie says:

    They are so cool. There is nothing like a swearword inserted to otherwise polite circumstances! I am pointing husband towards these for birthday presents!

  2. Ammo says:

    Awesome project!!

  3. alison cross says:

    I have missed Cruel Tea! Every time I see a tea-towel with a profanity on it, I fondly think of the two of you and your little arse biscuits :-)

    Glad to see that you’re back in the groove. And seriously? Yes, let’s support the Cambodia Knits

    BTW – feculent is a VERY good, very under-used word :-)

    Ali x

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