Hand Knit with Love & Care
With each day that passes, our world seems to move at a faster and faster pace. People are busier, and hobbies and other creative outlets get pushed to the wayside. True, handmade clothes for children used to be the norm, but they seem to have been replaced with cheap, throwaway pieces rather than getting passed down through the generations. These days, it has become rare to see a newborn in an actual pair of knitted booties or a warm, handmade wool bonnet.
Misha and Puff is seeking to change all of that. Designer Anna Wallack founded the company in 2011 after focusing on her own love for knitting clothing for her young son. But it is what is happening behind the scenes at Misha and Puff which makes the company truly unique. Each item is handmade by knitters in Peru who either work out of their homes or from the company site (where free daycare and meals are provided) and they work on the pieces they choose, with each knitter’s name going on the hang tags of the items they create.
The results of this incredible working environment are nothing short of inspiring. The pieces are made of wool or soft baby alpaca, and they are hand-dyed to create beautiful finished products. These clothing items are intended to last, making them wonderful choices for passing down to future children. The fibers are springy and keep their shape, and are wonderfully comfortable even for newborns. If you want a truly unique piece of clothing which has been made by loving hands, Misha and Puff is the designer for you. Here are some of our favorite Misha and Puff pieces, available now at Ladida.com.
Misha and Puff's Ink North Wind Coat has a roomy fit, making it easy to wear over other layers. It features two front pockets and a contrasting interior which looks adorable with the sleeves rolled up. The zipper ring makes it easy to close, and the A-line shape is extra-comfortable for baby. Made with 100% merino wool, it is also machine washable. Like the majority of the pieces in the Misha and Puff children’s clothing line, it coordinates well with a number of other coordinating apparel items.
Misha and Puff's Ink Fisherman Overalls, for example, would look perfect paired with the Ink North Wind Coat, or look great on their own. They would make a wonderful gift for a newborn baby boy, and are stretchable, with front buttons to make them easy to put on and take off. Try them over a simple knit top or a onesie to give any newborn boy or even a toddler comfortable clothing to wear both in the house or on the go. If you’re looking for a cuteness overload, try the matching Beret-Style Hat with a pom-pom accent.
Is there anything more lovely than tiny handmade baby jackets? You’ll be hard-pressed to say yes once you see this Misha and Puff Confetti Cake Saltwater Jacket. This jacket leaves plenty of room for layers, and has simple buttons in the front to make it easy to remove when you arrive at your destination. It also features a wrap-tie interior to keep it closed, and a gorgeous collar which is sure to attract attention. Super soft and machine washable, this jacket is a perfect everyday piece for any time your little one needs some additional warmth.
Another popular style in the Misha and Puff line is the “Popcorn” design, such as that in Misha and Puff's Persimmon Popcorn Sweater. The little “popcorn” pieces add some depth to the sweater, but the item is solidly crafted so you do not have to worry about the “popcorn” being pulled off by curious baby fingers. This Persimmon beauty is one of a full line of matching pieces, including the most adorable Suspender Leggings you will ever see.
Finally, we have the classic item which has been synonymous with both knitting and babies for generations: the bootie. Misha and Puff's Ink Tall Day Hike Bootie features leather soles for grip and a tie around the ankle to make sure that they stay put. These booties come in a number of styles to coordinate with the Misha and Puff line, and would make a great, heartfelt gift sure to be appreciated by any new parents.