Tag: knit

Your kids will fall in love with these mini dolls on a big mission

You may remember Cuddle and Kind’s beautiful hand-knit dolls, which we featured last fall. We gushed over how cute the line is, and even more impressive, their amazing mission to feed hungry kids with ten meals donated to major hunger-fighting charities with the purchase of every doll. And, wow, did our readers ever respond: This remarkable company has already donated over 200,000 meals to kids in need in just over half a year. Now, Cuddle and Kind’s Little Collection — a new line of the same sweet dolls, but mini versions of their originals — is matching the mission. For every Cuddle and Kind doll purchased, whether it’s their original 20″ or their new 13″ doll,...

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‘Tis the season for snood scarves

Since moving up north after almost ten years enjoying mild southern winters, I have become addicted to chunky scarves, like these snood scarves from IRISMINT on Etsy which I’m pretty sure I’d wear non-stop until spring. Each piece is made completely by hand from natural fibers like merino wool and cashmere (ooh!), in a gorgeous array of colors and patterns. I’m in love with the geometric pattern, which is so on-trend right now, and the herringbone and the ikat are gorgeous, too. All can be worn pulled up, or folded over if you prefer them to be lower on your neck....

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Heirloom cashmere for babies so gorgeous, you might never take it out of the box.

It’s no secret we’re fans of gorgeous cashmere, for ourselves and for our kids, even if we do tend to covet it from afar. So imagine our delight when we recently stumbled upon a new cashmere line–this time, just for babies. I know, low points for practicality, but super high points for the irresistible factor, right? Inspired by his love of grey and a couple of cuddly rabbits he discovered in his black & white photo collection, Bob Andrews, the NYC-based founder of Grey Rabbit Baby who has worked for the likes of Ralph Lauren, has created some gorgeous cashmere pieces for newborns that make special gifts for...

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Leg warmers are back: Oh, what a feeling

While I’m not looking for a return to Flashdance fashion per se, I love the new trend of seeing legwarmers and woolly knee-highs poking out of tall boots. It’s not just chic, it’s so practical. The boot warmer leg warmers  from uber-knitter Ozetta on Etsy are calling my name. I love the slouchy, loose-weave at the perfect length and thickness. The lamb’s wool and acrylic will keep you warm (especially with those Hunter Boots when the mercury drops). Plus you can pick from among more than 30 gorgeous colors. If you are worried about sizing, I love that the artist can create...

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The end of hat head

After taking the time to blow dry my mane, the last thing I want to do is pull on a claustrophobic thick wool hat and destroy all my hard work. So what? Just suffer the cold? Deal with the hat head?  Etsy artist Cheryl Bryan has my answer.  We just discovered these totally sweet and rather pretty knit headbands from 4th Generation Designs. Cheryl’s handmade cozy creations will keep you warm, looking lovely and won’t leave you with a flat top. Plus, I have to admit, the crochet flower accent is mighty cute. It’s like saying “Yes, it’s bitter...

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Infinitely beautiful

Wabi sabi suki is a Japanese concept that means “tranquil beauty.” It is based on the simple elegance of form, texture, and color and occurs when human hands bring out nature’s beauty in a way that echoes the material’s inherent nature. Or, in other words, THIS. THIS SCARF. GIVE IT TO ME. The Orla Cowl by Tickled Pink Knits on Etsy is utterly gorgeous in its simplicity. Hand-knit in 100% certified organic fair trade cotton, it’s a wonderful scarf alternative for those with allergies to wool or… ahem… super-cheap acrylic accessories. If you like the idea of lush, stylish...

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To infinity and beyond!

I’m completely obsessed with infinity scarves after accidentally purchasing one on sale at the Gap (don’t ask) and I can’t stop wearing it. The tail-less scarf is soooo comfy and warm, and my favorite part: no annoying tassles for my toddler to pull. Since then, I’ve been combing Etsy to find another, and that’s how I landed upon Louise Dungate’s beautiful handmade scarves. I ended up purchasing her chunky infinity scarf or Supersnood, which is exactly what you might imagine it would be — super thick and super long, which means you can wear it a myriad ways. Made...

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Supercute superhero dolls

Sometimes it feels like we’re in the middle of a plastic doll takeover. Those little dudes are everywhere (pretty sure most of them are in my living room) I am more convinced than ever that the last thing the world needs is another plastic guy. These handmade superheroes just might save the day. Hand-knit with the softest cotton yarn by a mom who’s been there, these little superhero dolls by Dents de Loup are totally adventure-ready. There’s nothing artificial about them, and they remind me of Teeny Little Super Guy from “Sesame Street”–a retro superdude with lots of heart and ’70s-sass. The...

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Pillow Pets – The cool, cotton, fair trade kind

I’m fortunate to have a daughter who takes violin right next to the Blabla Kids storefront in Atlanta, so every week, I poke my head in to say hello to their lovely staff and design team, and take a peek at what’s new. And just wait until you see the cuteness that’s now available on their website. Their new Hold Me Tight pillows instantly made me think of Pillow Pets, except they’re cooler, softer, and made by fair trade Peruvian artisans like all of the Blabla Kids goodies we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Picks. I love the whimsical...

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Easter basket gifts without the Easter basket sugar

Ever since my daughter declared Easter was her favorite holiday, I’ve paid a little extra attention to the gifts I put in her Easter basket. After all, I’m sure the Easter Bunny thinks she’s pretty great. While Easter is still a few weeks away, I’ve pulled together some of the coolest Easter basket gifts I’ve seen recently for those of you who already have the jelly beans and chocolate bunnies covered. Clothes like the organic Bunny Onesie from Collette kids (above left) or the organic bunny onesie from AnnieWear (above right) are so cute, they don’t need to hide...

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Meet the Easter Bunny’s competition

Don’t tell the Easter Bunny, but there’s a new rabbit in town. Actually, a few new rabbits. Mirabelle is a dancer and Balthazar is a magician and I think they probably have French accents. Don’t they look like they would be great guests at an all-carrot dinner party? They join Fleur and Pierre as the four new stuffed bunny rabbit dolls from CMP favorite, blabla kids. And their pal is Wooly, the cutest sheep you’ll ever meet and quite possibly the only one in gray shorts. It’s the odd little details that make blablakids dolls so endearing and the...

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Jughead 2011

Our kids may never debate the merits of Betty vs. Veronica or laugh at Jughead’s ability to gulp down hamburgers. But you still have to admit that this crown-style hat hearkens back to the golden days of Archie, before all comic book characters either had creepy muscles or overly-huge eyes. And you have to admit that it rocks. Lovingly dubbed The Royal by Etsy seller TipsyToesKnits of Halifax, Canada, this adorable crown is available in a wide range of colors and would be the perfect topper for you favorite prince or princess. Simply choose a size from newborn to...

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Hail to the finger puppet

We’d never recommend you give our forefathers the finger (especially on President’s Day!), but in the case of these adorable knit finger puppets from Wee Knits, we’ll make an exception. Their Patriotic collection of finger puppets includes George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, along with Uncle Sam and a bald eagle to round things out. Use them for a mini history lesson, or to reenact the Washington/cherry tree story and to teach them about Honest Abe. Maybe they’ll then be more apt to tell the truth the next time you ask if they really washed their hands before dinner. -Christina Find wonderful handmade finger...

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A crocheted gift set for those who can’t really crochet

Of the many talents I wished I possessed, crocheting is at the top of the list, right along with singing in key and being able to sketch something other than stick figures. Since I don’t expect to inherit any of those talents any time soon, I look to outside sources for my fix. Which is why I was thrilled to discover a beautiful hand crocheted baby gift set. Personally, I can’t think of anything sweeter–and more classic–for a baby gift than something crocheted. Loralin Design owner Lynne Buchman designs this Booties and Hat Gift Set herself and then has...

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Scarves for little rock stars

There’s something to be said for well-made kids’ accessories, right? Something else to be said for well-made kids’ accessories that sport some of the most adorable designs around. But it’s something else entirely when we’re talking well-made, adorable kids’ accessories that are handmade with the softest wool by a forward-thinking graphic designer in England. That’s exactly the story with Ann Moore’s beautiful knitwear. Inspired by bold and graphic patterns that are cute but not cutesy,  Moore meticulously creates knitted pieces for kids using her trusty Brother knitting machine and heard-wearing wool that’s made to last.  The care she puts into...

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It’s glove season. Which means, lost glove season.

My kids lose scarves and gloves like uh…well, like kids lose scarves and gloves. While I covet so many high end handmade options, I know I take quite a risk knowing that two mittens may head out the door in the morning, and only one will return home. So I’m happy to have learned about a new site that offers adorable, affordable cold weather accessories for kids 2 to 12. [don’t miss a special offer and a big giveaway after the jump!] Dochi is run by a NYC mom who also gets the value thing, and it’s evident in...

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Fingerless gloves find new fans in the smartphone age

Yes, I pretty much love everything from Shokay. Their gorgeous, hand-knit, fair trade items have made it into our baby shower gift guide, our 2010 holiday gift guide–and now, even our Cool Mom Tech gift guide. No, they’re not making high-tech electric blankets now; just some awesome fingerless gloves that can solve a lot of problems for a lot of touch-screen phone users. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] Shokay really outdoes themselves again with these luscious, thick Oliver Twist fingerless gloves. They’re incredibly soft, as you might expect from 100% yak down. Oh wait — don’t...

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The 10 coolest finger puppets, one for every finger

I’m such a huge fan of finger puppets for kids, which inspire all kinds of creativity and good thinking. I’m thinking about tracking down a finger puppet theater this holiday, so we can have a more formal stage for all that tiny entertainment. If you don’t have access to the guy on the street in SoHo who sells adorable knit ones cheap from Peru, here are some of the incredible finger puppets I’ve come across online. Some of them even for kids!  –Liz An arty and eco-friendly option that I just discovered: the fabulous Finger Dolls by Loopy Dolls...

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A minimalist Halloween

While my oldest would just as soon cover herself in a head to toe costume for Halloween, my other little one would is more in the “naked baby” camp. Amazing how kids are so different. So if you’ve got a kiddo who’s not so into the whole dressing up thing, or just need an idea that doesn’t take a lot of fuss, you might consider these handknit mask and tail sets from Oeuf. With just a little something over the nose, and a tail around the waist, these beautiful animal costumes from the luxury knit baby label are a...

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Fabu finger puppets, now with extra Halloween awesomesauce

I want to give a hand to WeeKnit on Etsy: they’ve brought together the coolest collection of finger puppets I’ve ever seen. Where else can you find a vampire, a mummy, Frankenstein, a pirate, and a ninja in one place? And would that not be the best high five ever? I think it would. Especially with Vlad, Imhotep, Frankie, Smee, and Sneaky Lee splayed out over tiny, pudgy fingers playing peek-a-boo. Of course, if the classic Halloween finger puppet favorites don’t float your finger puppet boat, WeeKnit also offers a the original freaky line-up with a witch, pumpkin, spider,...

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