December 15, 2010

Wooly Good

The first fluffy white snow has fallen in Chicago this past week, followed by a North wind that's blowing in temperatures down to the single digits.  It's time to get warm and toasty with a cozy wool blanket.  Cuddly and oh, so welcome when you're still trying to get the feeling back into your toes.  Plus with all the soothing natural blends available and textile interpretations to choose from, wrapping yourself up in a wool blanket is almost becoming performance art– of the very-comfortable-on-the-couch kind.

Like the one above. Could you not imagine melting into the lovely, nubbly thickness of this blanket. It is made by hand using a handspun yarn blend of wool and mohair called Pixie Dust, but since a blanket like this could make one purr with sheer delight, they might consider calling it the Cat's Meow.

Wouldn't you love wrapping this luxuriously soft apalca-cotton blend blanket around your shoulders. Its striking, rich bands of color would also add warmth to the room when draped on the back of the couch or laying over a leather chair.

As the description goes, the Finnish know a thing or two about keeping warm .  This bubbly and bright modern design in 100% Asteri Finnish wool must not only keep folks in Finland snug, but its sunny demeanor  probably helps raise spirits in a country that enjoys only 6 hours of sun a day in December.  (Wait  a minute, that sounds suspiciously close to Chicago's sun standards during winter?)

Okay this isn't a blanket, but I think it's adorable–a wool water bottle cozy.  It's another 100% wool  invention from the Finnish, who will leave no thing that will benefit from woolen warmth go unturned.

This original design was presented at an exhibit of wool blankets inspired by Icelandic landscape and folklore. The inspiration comes from the strength and beauty of the Sea Eagle.  The blanket brings a sense of security to those bundled underneath the protection of the blanket's eagle wing pattern. (You think the folks above would be a little happy about that?)

This gorgeous angora blanket from Jan Paul Barnard Mohar Weavers of South Africa, is evocative of soft, gentle moss.  A wonderful thing to tuck into with a good book and a cup of tea.

Cover yourself in history when it's cold outside. Since the 1900s Pendleton Woolen Mills has been honoring the National Parks with a dedicated line of blanket designs made from 100% pure virgin wool.  They are woven in the  Pendleton Woolen Mills at the foothills of Oregon's Blue Mountains just as they were 100 years ago.

Pendleton also carries a line of Native American Patterns. These expressively vivid designs would add a striking accent to modern interiors, whether cloaked over a bed or hung up on the wall.

Warm and fuzzy, soft and cozy, dynamically designed or subtly serene, wool blankets soothe the senses when the thermometer goes down and our desire for beautiful comfort within the home goes way up.

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2 Responses to “Wooly Good”

  1. Sheri Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I love these blankets and wooly-warm items. More gorgeous great finds!

  2. Doreen Says:
    December 20th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks. That’s the beautiful thing about wool, it provides great warmth and look absolutely gorgeous doing it;)