Dad of Divas' Reviews: Start hitting the Slopes in Style with Icebox Knitting

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Start hitting the Slopes in Style with Icebox Knitting

About the Product
From snowboarder to entrepreneur, Josh McGlothin transformed his need for a warm knit hat while on the slopes into a career that has lasted almost two decades.

Icebox Knitting's Dohm and Xob brands are leaders in a country that craves homegrown products and environmentally friendly practices. Their commitment to crafting high quality knit hats and accessories from upcycled materials has put them on the map and kept their hand operated knitting machines bounding forward. Trained by knit ski-wear veteran Richard Kreuger, McGlothin and co-owner Scott Baker have furthered the 45-year legacy of knitting in the Rockies and making better products right here in the USA.

The original Dohm was first created in 1994, and is crafted on their famous hand operated machines. It has received some tantalizing updates for the 2012 season, including brushed shiny mohair, appliques, recycled, organic, next-to-skin merino wool yarns, and sophisticated color combinations. Their Wool in the Hand Paint hat and hand warmer are sourced from family owned Wyoming ranches dedicated to sound animal husbandry and sustainable agricultural practices. Each skein of wool is hand painted to create a truly unique piece every time.

Made from recycled wool that has been shredded and spun into new yarn, the Dohm Stellar boasts an environmental impact of 98% less than its newly made counterparts. This modern day beanie boasts a comfortable fit in a myriad of colors. Just slip it on and revel in the cuddly fleece lining and felted star detail.

The Xob Upcycled is cut and sewn by hand and reflects the fun and unconventional stylings of the artisans behind the stitches. The Xob Soft Visor transforms panels from re-purposed sweaters and Berber fleece into a cozy and well-insulated hat with bursts of color and wild patterns. The material wicks moisture away, keeps the head dry during a rainy day, and provides UV protection.

The Xob Hand Warmer is also crafted from upcycled sweaters that are then over-stitched using fine Italian boucle yarn. A solid semi-felted wool is paired with colorful accents along the finger tips and thumb area, leaving fingers free to grip, text, or hold hands.

Based in Longmont, Colorado, Icebox Knitting has been committed to using sustainable resources and practices since 1994. Their machines are powered by hand and their products comprised of world class woolly yarns produced under the strictest environmental standards and materials that have been transformed from waste into a whole new life and purpose. Their commitment to the environment hasn't gone unnoticed. Apparel Magazine presented them with a Sustainability award in 2012 for many reasons, including their textile recycling program and their achievement of having diverted over thirty thousand pounds of waste from landfills.

My Take on the Product
What I loved most about this is the whole idea of reusing textiles to make some amazing, warm items for people. The hat that I received was so warm and I can tell that anyone that uses one of these, whether it be for skiing, sledding or whatever a person chooses to do outside in cold weather, they will be happy with their selection. My daughter said that she loved the bright colors as well as the warmth as well. All-in-all, I was very impressed with the overall quality of construction as well as the mission and vision of the company, as this is one company that is doing something to impact our overall global infrastructure and I have to highly commend them on that! If you are looking for some unique, warm items for the upcoming winter, think upclycled and check out Icebox Knitting!

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