I'm looking for links/books/a place to start researching to find out more about the origin of afghan blankets.
I just ordered the yarn to knit a largish blanket of my own design. In thinking of a name for the pattern I got to wondering whether the word "afghan" as applied to blankets really had anything to do with Afghanistan. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion
on Nov 26, 2013 -
My friend has this woven throw blanket with cats on it
that she's had since she was a little kid (ie 1994 or so). It's getting sort of threadbare now and I would really like to find the exact same blanket and give it to her for Christmas this year, but I have no idea what kind of blanket it is nor do I know who might have made hers. I figure it's either super rare, or crazy ubiquitous, but "cat woven throw" yields weird results on Google. Better leads needed, please!
posted by Hello Darling
on Aug 15, 2013 -
During the Missoni for Target craze a few years ago, I managed to score the most coveted item--a quilted fleece throw
. I only got one. There are three inhabitants of our house fighting over it, including the cat, who is usually the one who gets to use it. Help me find or make something similar. [more inside]
posted by payoto
on Feb 2, 2013 -
My husband and I don't have very much money, but we would like to own a few (or even just one) giant (king sized) wool blankets. [more inside]
posted by skjønn
on Dec 26, 2012 -
I've got a handmade all-cotton knot-style quilt that was made by my mother. Since she has passed away, this is of course a very precious item to me, and I don't want to do anything to damage it. It is, however, in desperate need of a wash. Is this something I can just throw in the machine? Is there anything I should be wary or warned of? This is something I'd love to ask my mom's advice on, but, ha ha! Added difficulty level: I live in New York and send my laundry out.
posted by whitneyarner
on Nov 24, 2012 -
Apologies for the title; I'm in love with the style of patterned wool blankets that are typically marketed as "navajo", "indian", "afghani", "nepalese", "mongolian", "oaxacan", "peruvian", "bulgarian" etc etc etc. As far as I'm concerned they're all beautiful. But where can I find them for less than $100 per piece? I'm assuming if these are made by people in the aformentioned places, they don't sell them for US$100. Does one need to be rich and/or travel around the world just to get some pretty blankets?
posted by oneous
on Nov 12, 2012 -
I'm looking for a (1) warm, (2) breathable, and if possible (3) heavy-as-in-weight blanket. What kind of blanket do I want, and do you have specific recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe
on Apr 18, 2012 -
What is my best option for buying or rigging a portable heated blanket or other heating source? [more inside]
posted by quietshout
on Jan 22, 2012 -
How do I keep my blankets from shedding lint all over the place? (Alternatively, please help me find blankets that do not shed.) [more inside]
posted by hypotheticole
on Dec 29, 2011 -
I own this
down alternative comforter. It causes me to wake up with sweaty legs, so I'm looking for a replacement. This
article recommends that people in my situation should go with silk or cotton instead of down. Is there an advantage to do that over just getting a thinner down comforter?
Note: my bedroom ranges from 62-65 at night.
posted by lunchbox
on Dec 22, 2011 -
Looking for high-quality bedding that won't break the bank. We've got a new king-sized bed and need to trick it out, but I'm feeling overwhelmed with brand choices. [more inside]
posted by Specklet
on Oct 13, 2011 -
I have an amazing old down comforter that reeks of a mixture of death and b.o. There are no washing instructions on it. How do I get this thing clean/smelling good? Caveat: It is massive, and my apt has a pretty old-school washing machine and dryer. [more inside]
posted by windbox
on Sep 13, 2011 -
What do you do with your heavy quilts or coverlets at night when its too hot to use them? I'm looking for alternatives to my current tactic of leaving them piled on the floor. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal
on Aug 25, 2011 -
Can you please recommend to me a resistant and attractive blanket I can throw on furniture so my dog can sit with me? [more inside]
posted by msali
on Jan 11, 2011 -
We bought this
blanket and put it on our bed. We do not use a flat sheet nor do I *ahem* wear pajamas, so the blanket was right next to my skin. Pretty much everywhere the blanket touched for any period of time, but especially on my thighs and upper arms, I broke out in a bumpy rash. It itches a little, but is as unsightly as all get-out. And it's taking forever to fade. I washed and dried the blanket, and that made no noticeable difference. There have been no other notable changes -- laundry detergent, soap, lotions, etc. all the same -- so it seems like the blanket must be the culprit. I know YANMD, and I probably won't even consult with my doctor because really, what is he going to say? What I'm hoping is you'll have some answers or suggestions for me. Could there be some additive that's causing the allergic reaction? Is there anything I can do to the blanket that will Make.It.Stop?
posted by DrGail
on Nov 12, 2010 -
A friend is looking for the perfect electric blanket to keep her massage table warm for the people she will be massaging (nothing kinky, sorry to disappoint).
She's looking for electric blankets that heats quickly (under 15 minutes would be perfect), also required : a timer. This has to be an electric blanket for one person.
Any make/model available in Europe to recommend ?
posted by Baud
on Sep 21, 2010 -
So, a friend of mine has an alpaca fur blanket exactly like this one
. My wife is in love with it and I would like to buy something similar for her. [more inside]
posted by 256
on Feb 23, 2010 -
my dog bled on my blanket (i think mine's called a com-fort-or). can i still sleep in my bed? [more inside]
posted by defmute
on Oct 29, 2009 -
My spouse is desperately looking for a "summer comforter", that is at the same time heavy and not-too-hot! [more inside]
posted by muddgirl
on Sep 3, 2009 -
I have a blanket with Islamic (Arabic) writing (maybe parts of the Quran, Koran?) woven around it that I found and need help identifying it? [more inside]
posted by Listening
on Apr 6, 2009 -
My knitting pattern directs me to knit with multiple strands of yarn held together, but I keep ending up with a mess. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve
on Nov 18, 2008 -
Attention WoW users! I'm trying to find a World of Warcraft blanket or pillow for my boyfriend's upcoming birthday, does anything like this exist? My google-fu is weak. [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah
on Nov 12, 2008 -
Seeking first-hand accounts of experiences with warm blankets. Choices (as I see it) are wool, fleece, or flannel. [more inside]
posted by dreamphone
on Sep 11, 2008 -
So I've started a new, pretty hard-hitting exercise regime (bootcamp, if you wanted to know) and I'm sore as crap, and my office is excruciatingly cold. I'm trying to figure out how to mitigate this, since the cold is making my muscles clench up and that, you know, does not feel good. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven
on Jul 8, 2008 -
Last night I slept in my own bed after several days in the road and realized that the hotel beds were much more comfortable and rejuvenating than my own. How can I replicate the hotel-bed experience at home? [more inside]
posted by mikewas
on Mar 13, 2008 -
My sweetie bought me a microfleece blanket for Christmas, and it's great, except it's been pilling like there's no tomorrow, from day one. [more inside]
posted by jasmeet
on Jan 5, 2007 -
If layers are better for warmth (as I have been told as long as I can remember), why isn't there a blanket made out of a bunch of thin layers fastened together?
posted by white light
on Dec 20, 2006 -