Some days, all we want to do is curl up on the sofa with a blanket and a book. But while good books are easy to come by—if you’re anything like us, the stack by your bed gets taller every day—finding a blanket that’s both cozy and aesthetically pleasing is a touch more challenging. And don’t even get us started on tracking down the right (i.e. neutral but not boring) scarf. Who knew that the place to look was sunny California? That’s where Taiana Giefer, the talented fiber artist/designer behind these 100 percent handmade, hand-felted merino wool blankets and scarves lives and works.
Using old-school techniques, Giefer creates a thick wool that’s much softer, more pliable and way, way chicer than the variety you might remember from grade school art projects. So chic, in fact, that Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa tapped her to provide fabric for his autumn 2009 collection. And because every piece is made by hand—which involves up to 20 hours of "very physical" labor—each is unique. We’re offering her airy but amazingly warm Ohara blanket in two patterns: carbon grey or pewter with a white bulls-eye pattern and a blue/pink/white/black plaid weave that looks like it’s made of thick wool ribbons. Though they’re big enough to cover a full-size bed, you may find yourself contemplating them for your walls—that’s how striking they are.
As for Giefer’s equally toasty Theo Hoop scarf (so named because it's a continuous circular loop or mobius), both the cream and the pewter with black stripes are the perfect accent for everything from a trench to a pea coat. Winter, do your worst.
from Santa Barbara, CA