Tis the time of year when my thoughts turn to blankets. I like having a range of blankets in the house, because they each have a specialized use. On the sofa, I have two that I keep in summer/winter rotation. For the summer, I have a gorgeous vintage yellow mohair throw.While it’s very lightweight, the loft of the fibers keeps you cozy, and sometimes, even in the summer, there’s nothing like a throw to pull around you when you’re taking an afternoon nap.
For winter, I have a lush cream cashmere throw. This was a big splurge a few years ago, and I’ve never regretted having it. It’s so lush to snuggle up with and keeps you quite warm. And it matches the dog’s hair perfectly!
The beds all have a range of down and eiderdown comforters on them. As friends can attest, I like to keep the house
cool cold in the winter. A down comforter with a wool blanket thrown over it, will keep all but the most cold-blooded person quite toasty. Of course, I use duvet covers with the down comforters. Eiderdowns are quite hard to find and they’re very expensive. If you ever see one in a charity shop or at a yard sale, snatch it up instantly. These amazing blankets are usually characterized by their floral or paisley covers. They are hugely fluffy, but don’t weigh much at all. And when you feel them, you won’t feel the quills from the feathers. I wrote about eiderdowns here. I wash my down comforters about once a year and use LeBlanc Violet Down Wash.
Down comforters are wonderful in the winter and they come in a range of weights so you can pick how warm or cool you want to be. You can find good down comforters at every place from Ikea on up! If you’re allergic to down, I would suggest a silk-filled comforter. I bought one of these for a friend who lived in Northern Arizona at Pearl River Mart in NYC. Silk is a great insulating fabric (think silk long-johns) and it barely weighs anything.
Do you like blankets? Heavy or light?