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The Slanket

The Slanket

The Slanket is never going to win any fashion week accolade, but by grabbing one of these super snuggly Slankets in rustic shades you can be bang on trend for Autumn.

Rich and juicy, the apricot Slanket bursts with colour. Apricots have always been jealous of the soft fuzz of the peach, but now with the apricot Slanket, the tables have been turned. Plump with colour and softer than the softest peach, the Slanket exceeds the best that nature’s fruit has to offer. And Chocolate. Chocolate, what else is there to say? Great colour, caramel, peanuts and cavities not included.

Soft to the touch and lightweight, the Slanket is a warm fleece blanket with large, loose sleeves designed to keep you warm and cosy whilst relaxing on your sofa. Thanks to its “wearable” nature it’ll keep you nice and toasty whilst the sleeves allow you to retain full use of your hands!

Swathing yourself in a Slanket means you can turn down the heating and stay warm all over without having to hide under the duvet with legwarmers round your arms. Brilliant. Simplistic and practical, it really is just a logical step forward from your standard blanket.

More details at www.theslanket.com although UK customers can purchase from www.firebox.com, www.prezzybox.com or any number of online retailers for just £34.95.

schmitthutFrom German designer Susanne Schmitt comes the Schmitthut. Schmitt says: “A hat is a message for the sky”: create your own message for the sky!

The pattern can be used to produce a completely original and rainproof hat. The template can be decorated, painted or printed. After decoration, cut out the four parts along the outer line and either sew or glue the parts together.

More details and a list of supplers at http://www.schmitthut.de
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A savvy supplier of snowman sweaters, pudding pullovers and reindeer knits could have seasonal shopping stitched up for connoisseurs of kitsch festive gifts. The natty knitters at Christmas Jumper have been putting in needle overtime ready for their launch on September 9, 2008. Based in Manchester, the kooky company has a full range of classic novelty sweaters ready to fill the nation’s stockings on December 25.

Christmas JumperSported on screen by the likes of Gyles Brandreth, champion of the comedy jumper, a patterned pullover with Santa and snowflakes has traditionally been the bad gift territory of grannies and great aunts. The company is turning the Christmas cliché on its tinselled head, transforming the much-maligned novelty knit into an ironic fashion statement.

Its homespun garments include all the festive favourites: a tasty Christmas pudding, Freddie Frost the snowman, party Santa, plus a selection of chunky granny knits replete with reindeers and snowflakes. All jumpers are a high-quality wool/acrylic blend and come in four sizes, for fans who want to fit out the whole family.

The irony is not lost on the BBC, which has requested two jumpers for its new sitcom ‘Not Going Out’, starring Lee Mac and Tim Vine.

Rafael Fernandez, Christmas Jumper co-founder, says: “Retro Christmas jumpers are having a style revival. Web forums were aflutter in the run up to last Christmas with seasonal shoppers searching – in vain – for novelty knits. Our range of retro sweaters is exclusive to Christmas Jumper – you won’t find them on the high street or through another online store. They’re an essential addition to any festive wardrobe, whether for comedy value at the Christmas party or as genuine gifts for trend setting fashionistas.”

The jumpers cost between £35 and £40, and can be ordered online at www.christmasjumper.co.uk , for delivery within 14 days.