Object of Desire: Bright, Crocheted Totes from Peru

Boston-based company Sh*t That I Knit crafts totes and earrings perfect for summertime.

Photo by Mona Miri

It’s not often that a college hobby becomes a career. As an undergrad, Christina Fagan spent her downtime knitting, much to the amuseument of her sisters, who suggested she start a business called Sh*t That I Knit. Several years later, the joke’s on them: Fagan now runs a Boston-based company called exactly that, selling merino wool and alpaca wraps, hats, and neck warmers hand-knit by a team of 170 women in Lima, Peru, who are able to bring in an income from home while still caring for their families. Looking to expand her collection into other seasons, this summer Fagan is rolling out earrings woven in straw and raffia as well as these cheerful totes, which take 10 hours to crochet and are lined with unique fabrics designed by another local creative, ceramicist Jill Rosenwald. And just like that, knitting is cool.

“Ainslie” cotton tote, $225, Sh*t That I Knit.