Holiday Gift Guide, Day 10: Soft Knits and Cuddly Creatures

Since my toes are still thawing out from my walk to the office this morning, I think it’s safe to state, “Baby it’s cold outside.” And since it is that glorious time of year to snuggle up by the fire and get warm and cozy with a book, I’m devoting today’s gift lineup to all things soft and cuddly.

$18-$30

Haute Goat’s hoot owls

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Local EtsyRAIN organizer Heidi Kappes Belinsky’s lil’ “hOOt Owl” has a secret: Hidden behind this cock-eyed expression is a pocket, so you can tuck an iPod into your new hand-stitched, recycled cashmere friend.

 

$30-something

Tuesday patterned cowl scarves

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On Twitter this week, someone asked which of my gift recommendations I was actually pulling out my own credit card for; now is the time for all sisters and sisters-in-law to stop reading, since they are all getting these cute chunky cowl scarves from one of my favorite local Etsy sellers, Tuesday. Also, great news for last-minute shoppers: Rian Robison just opened her own shop in the International District for the holidays (pictured above with some of her cute wares), visit her at 608 Maynard Ave. South.

 

$68

Lolide alpaca knit cowl

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You may remember Lolide’s ring from an earlier appearance in the gift guide, but this multi-talented lady can also knit up a storm. Her cozy, warm alpaca wool cowl can be worn scrunched up like a scarf, a shawl, or even used as an impromptu head wrap (for truly wooly weather).

 

$76

R&L Goods linen button scarf (pictured above)

I’m a sucker for pieces that multitask, and Ballard-based R&L Goods’ graphic print linen scarf multitasks with the best of them. A hand-sewn wooden button allows you to wrap around twice for a tight fit, or it can be worn as a long necklace-like wrap for a completely different look.

 

$140

Helen Sharp hand-knit leg warmers

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Seattle artist Helen Sharp has a way with a knitting needle, crafting each pair of her chunky rib knit, Oregon wool leggings to order for perfect fit.

 

Missed any of the previous Gift Guide installments? Get caught up:

Day 1: Gifts Fit for Foodies

Day 2: Parent-approved Kid Gifts

Day 3: Seattle magazine Friends’ Foodie Books

Day 4: Darling Calendars, Planners and other Paper Products

Day 5: Baubles and Bling from Local Jewelry Artists

Day 6: Sweet Hostess Gifts

Day 7: Spirits- and Beer-inspired Gifts

Day 8: All Bagged Up

Day 9: Primped and Pampered

 

Photos courtesy of R&L Goods; HauteGoat and Hayley Young; Lolide; Helen Sharp

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