Well folks, today marks the first full week of January — you can hold off on those sad faces for a spell as we’ve got a couple more Mondays to go before the most depressing day of the year is upon us — and I think it’s as good a time as any to once again resurrect Hiber-nation, a weekly series of produce-centric posts featuring home accessories and other odds and ends that help make housebound-in-the-winter life a bit more enjoyable or, at the very least, more tolerable.

Past installments of Hiber-nation from previous years have been a decidedly eclectic affair – radios, indoor gardening kits, home spa products, non-electronic diversions, tea paraphernalia, and on – but I keep coming back to the one item that I believe to be absolutely compulsory during the chilly months: a quality throw blanket.

As I’ve said before, now is the time of year that the unassuming throw blanket that's been sitting pretty on the couch all season becomes indispensable. Think of it this way: it's when the decorative sofa-draper becomes the cold weather lifesaver. Below, I’ve wrangled up eight such lifesavers for your consideration. All are made from recycled/reclaimed or natural materials (sorry, no synthetic fleece Snuggies here) like wool and cotton and/or are made in the U.S. or in a responsible manner elsewhere. Prices range from under $60 to a bit over $200.

What type of throw blanket do you like to snuggle up with at home during the winter? Hand-me-down wool? Comfy organic cotton? A little something more luxe like alpaca? And thinking ahead, are there any specific Hiber-nation posts that you'd like to see me tackle in the coming weeks? Please do share your ideals in the comments section!

10 Speed Fleece Blanket by Branch Handmade @ Supermarket ($56)

Fireside Striped Throw @ Terrain ($108)

Faribault Virgin Wool Lodge Blanket @ Kaufmann Mercantile ($134)

Coral Herringbone Throw by Brahms Mount @ VivaTerra ($239)

Rustic Linen Blanket by Coyuchi @ Bambeco ($158)

Kantha Hand Crafted Throw @ Nordstrom ($128)

Stripe 5th Avenue Throw @ Pendleton Woolen Mills ($138)

Organic Cable Knit Throw - Indigo by glo @ Vine.com ($120)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Throw blankets: Hiber-Nation '13
A bout of housebound hibernation just wouldn't be complete without a chill-busting throw blanket made from natural materials