Giveaway: Toddler Cowl and Wrist Warmers from Sophisticated Play Apparel – $34 value {US Only}

This is a joint giveaway between Natural Parents Network and many other natural parenting sites. You may enter for all of the giveaways at one site only. Please find the section marked “Win it!” for the mandatory entry and optional bonus entries.

Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide!

Natural Parents Network, Living Peacefully with Children, and 24 other natural parenting bloggers are giving away 89 items perfect for gifting for the holidays as part of the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide. The combined total value of all of the items is $2,550.

Have you finished your holiday shopping? The NPN Holiday Gift Guide is a great opportunity to complete your gift-giving purchases for family and friends, while supporting many naturally-minded small businesses. The companies who have provided items for giveaway are almost exclusively made up of small businesses or work-at-home families.

Please stop back to enter the giveaway. The Rafflecopter entry system will be live November 1 on this post (and on every post participating in the Gift Guide). Please visit some of the other review posts listed below and read about the fabulous companies offering giveaways in the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide.


Please continue reading to learn more about Sophisticated Play Apparel, which is offering our readers a giveaway of a toddler sized matching cowl and wrist warmer set, a value of $34.

About Sophisticated Play Apparel

My PhotoSophisticated Play Apparel is run by stay-at-home mom and natural parenting advocate, Angeliina Lawson. Angeliina began knitting as a creative outlet after becoming a mother. She found setting up a table full of art supplies difficult to accomplish with an active toddler and decided to find a medium which better suited her family’s current needs. Knitting allows her to move around and start and stop a project whenever needed. She nw makes “wearable art.”

Unless otherwise requested, Sophisticated Play Apparel uses only all natural fibers. Angeliina believes that natural fibers work best with our bodies’ natural ways of warming and cooling during the cooler seasons of the year. She also feels a connection to previous knitters and the people and animals which have provided the wool with which she works.

Toddler's cowl-neck warmer 12mo-2tAbout the Toddler Cowl and Wrist Warmers

Sophisticated Play Apparel’s Toddler Cowl and Wrist Warmers are sized just right for the tiny people in your life. Made of soft Merino wool, both the cowl and wrist warmers are machine washable and can be tossed in the dryer on low for easy care, a plus for any parent or caregiver of a toddler. Available in 30 colors, Sophisticated Play Apparel’s custom made items are available in just 1-2 weeks.


Toddler wrist warmers 2t - 4t



Sophisticated Play Apparel’s toddler cowls and wrist warmers are adorably cute. Who can’t be awed by such little clothing? The Merino wool is soft and you can’t beat machine washability when it comes to toddlers. The wool does lend challenges to families who suffer from wool allergies, but I have been told that plans are in the works to offer items in my very favorite yarn blend – cotton and beech wood!


You can purchase your own Toddler Cowl and Wrist Warmers at Sophisticated Play Apparel.

Purchased separately, toddler cowls are $18 and a pair of toddler wrist warmers runs $16. Shipping one item is only $3 with additional items adding only 50 cents.

Besides cowls and wrist warmers for toddlers, Sophisticated Play Apparel also offers prechool sized cowls, children’s wrist warmers, baby kimono booties, and even cowls for your four footed family members. You can stay connected with Sophisticated Play Apparel at the Etsy shop, blog, or on Facebook.

And just for Natural Parents Network and Living Peacefully with Children readers, Sophisticated Play Apparel is giving a 15% discount on all orders from now through November 30, 2012. Enter code livingpeacefully during the ordering process.



For your own chance to win a Toddler Cowl and Wrist Warmer Set from Sophisticated Play Apparel, enter by leaving a comment and using our Rafflecopter system below. (Rafflecopter will be live November 1-25).

The winner will receive one matching set of toddler wrist warmers and cowl in your choice of color. Contest is open to the US Only.


Thank you for your interest in the Natural Parents Network Gift Guide! We invite you to read the reviews of other participating bloggers and return to enter the giveaway when it opens.

Our Rafflecopter entry system will be live at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Please stop back here — or at any of the review/giveaway posts participating in the Gift Guide — between November 1 and 25 to enter. Many of the giveaway items are open worldwide!

Here are the participating sites and companies. (Reviews go live between October 25 and October 31, and all links will be live by November 1.) We’ve included any coupon codes the companies have offered so you can get your holiday shopping under way!

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Easy Ribbed Wrist Warmers

These wrist warmers are super easy and knit up quickly – perfect for making for yourself of gifting to others!

Easy Ribbed Wrist Warmers

  • 4.5 mm circular needles (US size 7)
  • worsted weight yarn
  • stitch markers
  • stitch holders or scrap of yarn
  • darning needle for weaving in ends

Make 2 (I highly recommend knitting two at a time)

Cast on 40 stitches

Join in round, marking the beginning of your round and making certain not to twist stitches.

Rows 1-42 *K2P2* 10 times
Row 43           *K2P2* 3 times, *KFB* 2 times P2, *K2P2* 6 times (42 stitches)
Row 44          *K2P2* 3 times, K4P2, *K2P2* 6 times
Row 45           *K2P2* 3 times, KFB K2 KFB P2, *K2P2* 6 times (44 stitches)
Row 46           *K2P2* 3 times, K6P2, *K2P2* 6 times
Row 47           *K2P2* 3 times, KFB K4 KFB P2, *K2P2* 6 times (46 stitches)
Row 48           *K2P2* 3 times, K8P2, *K2P2* 6 times
Row 49           *K2P2* 3 times, KFB K6 KFB P2, *K2P2* 6 times (48 stitches)
Row 50           *K2P2* 3 times, K10P2, *K2P2* 6 times
Row 51           *K2P2* 3 times, KFB K8 KFB P2, *K2P2* 6 times (50 stitches)
Row 52           *K2P2* 3 times, K12P2, *K2P2* 6 times
Row 53           *K2P2* 3 times, K1, place 11 stitches on stitch holder or scrap yarn, cast on 1 stitch via backwards loop, P2,  *K2P2* 6 times (40 stitches)

Row 54-75    *K2P2* 10 times

Bind off in pattern.

Slide 11 stitches from stitch holder or scrap yarn onto needles.
Pick up an additional 3 stitches from around the top of the thumb opening.

Knit 8 stockinette rows in the round and bind off.

Weave all ends in.


Click here for a printable version.

101 Things (I Love About You)

Everyone likes to hear that they are loved. This past Yule, I decided to surprise my husband with this simple and inexpensive gift.

I began with 51 circles punched out of cardstock. I then used a 1/16th hole punch to punch holes by which to string them together. When everything was attached, I sat down and wrote 101 things which I love about my husband.

It didn’t cost me anything, as I had all of the supplies on hand. However, my husband was deeply touched that I had taken the time to write down so many reasons why I love him.

Sheldon, the Knitted Turtle

My decision to knit a turtle last Fall was followed a couple of days later by my 4 year old’s announcement that turtles were cool and he wouldn’t mind having a toy turtle. The idea grew in my mind but it wasn’t until the week before Yule that I finally got around to knitting this cute little guy. He stretched my fiber skills, as the pattern called for some crocheting to attach the pieces of the removable shell together. My traumatic childhood memories of my grandmother trying to teach me to crochet at the age of 4 with her giant rings on my fingers were quickly combated by a simple online tutorial. Who knew? Then, because I didn’t want to buy DPNs (double pointed needles) and running my long cable needle through each time to make a decorative I-cord around the shell was taking forever, I improvised with a decorative crochet sticth which may or may not exist in the rest of the world. I think he turned out rather well, and he has been a popular hit with the kids.

You can find the pattern for Sheldon for free on Knitty. Patterns on Ravelry also show cute little accessories such as a cowboy outfit, a pirate outfit, superhero shell, and more.

Handprint Snowman Ornaments

Each year our family buys a special ornament for our Solstice Tree. My husband and I pick out one each year, along with each child picking one out. Right now our tree is gaining these ornaments at a rather fast rate, but the day will come when our children are grown and take their ornaments with them. When that happens, our tree is going to be looking rather bare. So each year, we also make ornaments.

My absolute favorite ornaments this year are the handprint snowmen ornaments we made. We made two for each child: one for us to keep and one that will go with our children. They grow up so fast, and I am so happy that I will have these to look back on. I even got a little crazy, and we made a set for my husband’s parents.

These are exceptionally easy to make. If you aren’t a crafty sort, you can find a a step by step tutorial at Little Bit Funky.

Stick Firebolt

When my older son saw the stick horse and stick unicorn I made for his brother and sister, he felt like he wanted one to. However, he has never really been into horses and as he was nearing eight at the time, I knew he would really prefer a different birthday gift and that his desire for a stick horse was more of a feeling of being included. I wanted to honor his desire while coming up with something that he would enjoy more.

When I suggested a broomstick, his face lit up and he gave me a cry of exclamation. We spoke about what it would look like, and I showed him the leftover wide wale orange corduroy I had. Halfway through sewing the broom, he came to me and asked if I could make it look more like a firebolt from the Harry Potter books. I ended up adding some brown ribbon to give the impression of the metal work on Harry’s Firebolt. I also woodburned the word Firebolt onto the handle along with a tiny snitch. He couldn’t have been more thrilled. The broomstick has seen quite a bit of action since his birthday last November. All of the kids love it.

velvet heart ornaments…

I was feeling rather unspired for my fourth set of ornaments for the ornament exchange. My commitment to only using items I already had on hand was contemplating things. Finally, after sewing some dresses for my daughters, my eyes fell upon some navy velvet scraps, and I came up with the idea for my last set of ornaments. The velvet was given to me by another member of our attachment parenting group. Her mother no longer wanted the fabric and I knew some day it would make lovely dresses. I used antique buttons, given to me by another member, who was parting with her grandmother’s button stash. Most of the buttons I used are white or silver, but this heart has an antique star on it. I’ll be keeping this one for our family.

tea set…


I searched a long time for a suitable play tea set. I really wasn’t pleased with the selection available. They seemed to be either made with toxic paint, aluminum, cheap plastic, or were ridiculously priced. I had mainly given up on the idea, although since I still thought my children would enjoy a set, I kept an eye out for something. Last November, as I was making an insane amount of handmade play food to add to our collection, I had the realization that I could just make a tea set.

I did some looking online for patterns and narrowed down the selection. With the help of some mom friends, I was looking at this felt food tea set pattern. My daughter was looking over my shoulder one day when I was trying to make my final selection and said that she really liked it the best. I should have just asked her in the first place.

Locally, the only place to find much of a selection in felt is JoAnn’s. The majority of their felt is acrylic, which I refuse to use. It feels nasty to work with and pills horribly. Frankly, I don’t want to waste my time on something that isn’t going to hold up to being played with. The wool blend felt they carry by the bolt is very limited in colors, even more so than a few years ago. Purchasing wool felt online becomes expensive quickly, especially if you want some nice colors.

I decided I would rather make the tea set out of fabric. It’s more affordable and comes in a wide array of colors. In fact, I had enough fabric in my stash that I wouldn’t have to buy anything else. Looking at the pattern, I realized that I would need to make some changes. I enlarged the seam allowance so that I could sew and turn the pieces, I also added some thin batting in order to make the pieces stand up better, since I wasn’t using felt.

My children picked out the fabric from my stash. Sewing the little pieces was sometimes a pain. I put the set away to put in their Ostara baskets, but the individual pieces did manage to be played with while I was making them. Watching their eyes light up and witnessing their pretend play was definitely worth the work involved.