Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Momma Like: December 2009: Give Wool

photo courtesy of Swans Island.

Is there anything more cozy than snuggling by the fireside with a wool blanket?  The artisans of New England don't think so.  From Maine to Massachusetts, there are several options for every budget and purpose.  For the organic wool lover looking for an heirloom to pass on for generations, go to Swans Island which produces an all local wool textile that has won the Smithsonian Blue Ribbon for craftsmanship.  These blankets are the perfect statement as a fireside throw or as the finishing touch to a master bedroom.  Looking for something more reasonable, Bullrush Farm in Vermont makes their own wool and sends it to weavers on Prince Edward Island, selling them for $115 to $150 depending on size on Local Harvest.  For something more artistic in design, check out Bedfellow Blankets by Peggy Hart based in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.  

If you are willing to venture out of New England, Pendelton - originally of Oregon - is still the master of the American wool blanket (the Grand Tetons Blanket has been a favorite camping and fishing accessory of mine forever), and right now, they are making a washable wool blanket for Lands End that is on sale for $89 - just the right price for a blanket that might start out in the stroller, and end up in twelve years at football games.  Cozy up!

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