I’m not much of a winter person. I get cold really fast and then I dress so much that I can hardly bend my knees and elbows under all those layers so I look like a penguin when walking – just imagine me trying to sit down!
But there are some things that make me almost look forward to that time of the year. Like roasted chestnuts, Christmas of course, playing in the snow and all those gorgeous knits! I love everything knitted and I wish I knew how to do it. Maybe I should find out if there are some knitting classes nearby. But until I do I’ll just stick to my own talents and let people that actually know what they’re doing do it. I have a huge crush on three brands selling knitted delights:
BabyDEGEN is a brainchild of a super talented designer Lindsay Degen. She can handle those knitting needles from as early as since she was three (yes, this is not a typo!) and after the launch of her first adult line of sweaters, leggings and shoes in 2012 the success was so huge that she had no choice but to embark on a baby line as well. And here it is, baby DEGEN!
This must be the most gorgeous line of knitted vests, pants, sweaters, cardigans, bloomers, shoes and socks I have ever seen. Her choice in mix of colors, patterns and little quirky details is just so unique and delicious it makes me want to get each and every single piece! I don’t remember the last time I had such hard time choosing my favorite ones.
Yarns she’s using are merino or a mix of merino and cotton. Everything is handmade and custom made so it takes about 2 weeks to produce.
The other brand I love, Cabbages and Kigs is also from New York but since they are strong believers and supporters of fair trade work they have their winter accessories hand made in Peru and Bolivia by local artisans. They also love bold color combinations and unique designs that make even the coldest winters seem fun! Everything is made from alpaca blend wool.
Misha and Puff knits are also handmade by Peruvian artisans but their collection is more about soft and muted colors which are actually their own custom pallets since they hand dye their own wool! Their designs have a more vintage feel with a bit of a modern twist.
Their yarns are 100% merino wool that can be machine-washed!