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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Do or don't: Pendleton blankets

Today is rainy and grey in New York, so let's talk about blankets! Do you ever cuddle up with a throw blanket when watching TV or reading books? We're on the lookout for one to make our sofa cozier this winter. Pendleton blankets look beautiful, rustic and all-American; I love the stripes and saddles. But I'm curious: Have you guys ever felt them? Do they feel soft and cozy? I'm never sure about the wool! xoxo

(Photo by Kyle Johnson, via Design*Sponge)

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Amy Marie said...

Do!

gia said...

I cuddle up with a quilt, and I adore it. Probably one of my favorite possessions now that I think about it.

meesch said...

I have one, but I definitely don't use it to cuddle up with... strictly for display only. My cuddle up blanket is a super plush faux fur wonder of a blanket... it's so warm and not really the classiest looking thing, but SO warm!

-meesch
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Diana Mieczan said...

We also love cozy blankets and the one with colourful stripes is so awesome. I would totally get it, Joanna. Have a lovely day. Muah

Ashlae said...

Do! I recently purchased one from Urban Outfitters, and I keep it folded up in a wire basket in my living room when I'm not using it. Pendleton blankets are the greatest - super warm and super adorable.

B. in the Know said...

I absolutely love cuddling up with a blanket - especailly getting my feet covered because YES, they are always so cold! I do not love the cold, but I do love getting to be cozy.
Much love,
B

thirdculturekid said...

We got the Pendleton glacier park blanket as a wedding present, it is wonderful! Feels lovely, but not soft enough for me as a sofa blanket, we keep it on our bed.

Sarah said...

Yes my feet are ALWAYS freezing and I wear socks that are borderline ugly because of how soft and fluffy they are. I'm all about the cozy chic blankets like Barefoot Dreams.

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

jordan said...

I am always cold, this looks like a dream right now.

my soul is the sky said...

oh my i would definitely get a pendleton blanekt. the plaid design is so fall and i would love to use it as a throw for the cold season.

Joanna Goddard said...

yes, what is it about girls + cold feet? it's universal!

Joanne Hegarty said...

Yip, I'm a blanket user - my husband isn't, so I get it all to myself when curled up on the coach. Wool makes me itch. Cashmere, is the way to go in my book !

http://www.balletpumpsandroses.com

Michelle P said...

Do.

Natalie said...

I really do love blankets! I like handmade quilts because they're fun to make, but I also have a HUGE love affair with hudson bay company blankets. Search it on pintrest- so classic.

Unfurled said...

Pendleton was never on my radar before I moved to Portland. Now, I can't live without their wool. The blanket I have (I think it's called 'Aspen') is soft and cozy and warm. Go for it!

--r said...

I LOVE a cozy blanket (my husband is always teasing me about being wrapped up), and these are lovely. BUT I'm way to practical to spend that much money on something that's going to be thrown on the floor, dragged across the room like a magic carpet, used as a ghosty-ghost costume, or turned into a fort/tent by my kiddo. My rule of thumb is that anything we own has to be fair game as entertainment, because eventually it will all be used that way.

Joanna Goddard said...

meesch, thanks! i was wondering if they'd be soft enough to cuddle up with. we're also looking at these beauties from maine: http://www.brahmsmount.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?search=action&category=50DB

i love that they say "adults, too, deserve a security blanket!" :)

mean green mom said...

Pendeltons are lovely and warm and cozy, but they DO feel scratchy. I have a couple and love them, but it took me a while to get used to them.

natalie said...

Ugh, I have a serious blanket addiction. I have blankets for every season. I love the Pendeltons, but mostly for added warmth on top of another blanket or bed linens, not for snuggly couch warmth.

Joanna Goddard said...

unfurled, that's so funny! does everyone in portland have one? :)

Wendy said...

I'm happy you asked that question because I'm curious, too. The blankets are beautiful and now, thanks to your readers confirmation, I know that they're cozy, too.

ivey@durangomom.com said...

my feet are ALWAYS freezing and pendletons are not soft and fuzzy(sort of rough actually), but are quite warm. we use them as the top blanket (on top of two down comforters) on all our beds. for the couch we have fuzzier, cozier, blankets. fake furs and synthetic super soft things. and always a real sheep fleece on the floor by the woodstove. we spend the winter fighting the cold so aesthetics fly out the window at some point......

http://www.durangomom.com/2011/10/this-momentfirewood-101.html

lmsanderswilcox said...

Definitely a Do! They are wool and a bit scratchy but nothing is a warm a pure wool and they are heirlooms. But then again I am an Oregonian and may be partial.

I am also a girl with chronically cold feet and yesterday I broke out my wool slippers knitted by my stepfather--I am going to try and convince him to open an Etsy store!

Emily Elizabeth said...

We got one for a wedding present and I love it - though I use it on the bed in the winter (so warm!), not so much on the couch. It's a nice soft wool, but maybe a little big for the couch!

Junk Evolution said...

I love vintage wool, they are so warm but I do have to have my skin covered (as in fully clothed) before covering up because they can get scratchy. There's nothing like natural fibers in my book!
xo
Char

No Drama Mama said...

I like them, but don't buy it if you want authentic Native American design--because they aren't. Next best thing to it, though. When they were first made in the early 1900s or so, they were a huge hit with tribes in the area! They do incorporate some of those designs, but they change them up a lot, and mix things, and add whatever they feel like adding.

Lizzz said...

I dont know if you can find them any more (they might have gone out of business) but my parents have Beacon blankets from NC. They wool and super soft and plushy and they are a similar style to pendelton

Manding. said...

sitting around in a blanket watching tv or just plain old sitting is my favorite pastime. i'm a jaded 25 year old. love these pendletons. but not an advisable purchase for a 25 year old in these economic times. now i really sound like a curmudgeon !
ps, http://amandamantes.blogspot.com !

Kaitlyn said...

As a Canadian -- I love HBC blankets best. ;)

Anonymous said...

Pendleton blankets are super warm, but I'd be wary of using them for snuggling directly under. They make me itch!

No Drama Mama said...

Meant to add, I love blankets! I use them so often that my 2 year old actually brings me one anytime I sit down. I have my fingers crossed that one day I will be able to afford a Swans Island blanket, because they are just amazing! Here's the link: http://www.swansislandblankets.com/index.html

Sarah said...

Major Do. My Dad got Dylan one for x-mass, a crib sized blanket, and it's so sweet and manly at the same time! I so want to take the day off and watch movies and eat popcorn...oh motherhood.

Sweet Laura said...

In my experience (I'm a Portlander too) the throws are nice and soft, but the larger blankets work better as a layer on a bed on top of sheets or other blankets. They are scratchy. I hope you find a good one!

Leah said...

recently vacationed in Portland & could not pass up buying a Pendleton blanket! we bought the Yakima camp blanket (love the stripes!) and love it. we are going to use it on our guest bed as an extra warm layer.

Kate N. said...

DO. I used to hate it when my dad would bring me a wool blanket when I was little because I thought it was scratchy, but I would fall asleep warm and cozy in no time. Now I can't wait for winter so I can get out my wool blankets and snuggle under them! Best investment ever. The ones I grew up with were probably already 2 generations old!

Traci Hendrix Hart said...

I have a big blanket basket for snuggling potential, but the Pendleton blankets I've had are always too stiff and itchy. Plus, we are a family prone to spills...so blankets have to be washable! I love old quilts, crocheted afghans (anyone else like to stick their toes through the holes when you were little? :) Ok, even as a grown up? :)....) and the microfiber plushy ones are yummy for burrowing in on a chilly evening!!!

anna of (green gable) said...

I love HBC blankets, too--the colors! I'd go to work snuggled in a blanket everyday if I could.

xo, Anna of (green gable)

M&C said...

Definite DO! They're gorgeous!

http://swoonhunting.blogspot.com

Morgan said...

I think they look itchy!

I'm Christy! said...

For cold feet, I like my ugg slippers (the moc ones), and when I'm in bed, a hot water bottle. Hot water bottles have totally changed my chilly feet's lives.

We also have a wool blanket on our bed that's really fabulous. It's made in Prince Edward Island and I bought it at a boutique here in SF.

Fabiana ~ Ciao! Newport Beach said...

These are classic for a reason. They are really warm, but the natural fibers let them "breath". I love the gorgeous patterns and the itchiness is part of the whole experience!

ciao

Sarah O'Brien said...

I love to curl up with a blanket at night!

Mandy Koster said...

I love to have a blanket within hand-reach by the sofa!

I have a white/camel coloured woollen blanket from IKEA, it's a real beauty, nice and warm.


However, I do not like the 'hairs' it leaves behind on my clothes.

♥ Mandy (MENNEPEN)

http://mandykoster.blogspot.com

carolyn said...

we always have blankets around the living room this time of year. my favorite is a wool piece i picked up in england over the summer at a National Trust site gift shop (so random). it's wool, but surprisingly not very scratchy. and the price was amazing for how large the blanket is--just looked and they have them for sale online too!

http://shop.nationaltrust.org.uk/products/light-green-herringbone-rug/288/

Lindsay @ The Everything Project said...

I didn't realize that cold feet are a universal girl thing! I have super cold feet in the cold weather but the hottest feet ever when it's warm. Am I crazy?

I love the look of pendleton blankets too, but I have family heirloom blankets on my couch.

Lindsay
www.wearingitall.blogspot.com

arteriole said...

If you are worried about the itchiness - I would recommend a Denali Microplush Blanket! They wash up beautifully, get softer each time, never pill up, and come in lots of fun colours and patterns!

http://www.denaliblankets.com/

(I have the Sage Fern Pattern!)

sumslay said...

I'm a total blanket ho'. My favorite couch blanket is an actual comforter I got on clearance at West Elm a few years back. It's soft, fluffy, and I feel like a wild child for using a comforter on the couch (that's not where it goes! It's crazy, I tell ya!)

Anonymous said...

The stripey one looks soft.

A Sunday Kind Of Love said...

As a fellow lady suffering from freezing-foot syndrome I recommend Ugg slippers. I hate that I love them so much, but the are truly magical. I'm wearing them right now! And just in case you're wondering, I have not yet bought an "outside the house" pair of Uggs :) (and I've been a slipper fan for 5 years!)

erica said...

I have a wool blanket from MacAusland Mills and it is a little scratch but very plush and perfect for curling up in.

I wear wool hiking socks to bed, that's how cold my feet are!

karina said...

Hi Joanna,
I love blankets.

They are essential for autumn and I love cuddling up in them in front of the TV. Being in the UK we have a Japanese store called Muji selling 100% wool blankets which are really cosy. Unfortunately they only come in grey or brown but hey, they are warm! The other great thing are indoor sheepskin boots. A must for drafty floorboards :)

Karaugh said...

I'm in agreeance; the Pendletons we have at home are an added layer on the bed because some can be quite scratchy. I love that both of the ones you highlighted are made in the USA.

My ALL-TIME favorite cozy and warm blanket is made by Barefoot Dreams. I received mine as a graduation gift years ago. Their Bamboo Chic and Cozy Chic blankets are almost like those ultrasoft chenille socks in blanket form. They are amazing! Plus they make baby and receiving blankets. They're sweet, simple, soft and can go right in the wash!

http://www.barefootdreams.com

Melissa Blake said...

I was just snuggling under a blanket in bed last night...a definite DO!

Hipy Bags said...

Do! I like it!!!

http://hipybags.blogspot.com/

cora d said...

Pendleton woolen blankets are the best. So cozy and soft - not scratchy or heavy at all.

Plus, I live a half hour north of Pendleton, so you'd be supporting my local economy - hooray!

Kerstin said...

Do! We have two Pendleton blankets and we use them all the time. We use the big queen-size one as a second layer to our down comforter in winter (we get cold!) and it is the most amazing warmth possible. We also use it and a smaller throw around the house (sitting at the computer, on the couch watching TV, even on really cold days at the dinner table).

No, they are not as cuddly soft as microfleece, but they are still soft and will last way longer (several generations!). I usually don't wrap up in blankets wearing a t-shirt so the warmth these blankets provide outweighs the "cost" of a little wool fiber. I'm usually already wearing a cozy sweater or sweatshirt and pants, so there's no direct skin contact.

Really, Pendleton blankets are amazing and you should go for it Joanna! :)

Mieko said...

Hmm, that's an interesting question. I have never touched Pendleton blankets, but I always thought they looked they might itch... But I'd love a soft cozy blankie to cuddle with when I watch TV in the evening. And, yes, my feet are always freezing!

Mrs. P Vega said...

I too love the look of pendleton blankets but they do look itchy and scratchy. As far as the cold feet are concerned....luckily, I have a pup with a warm belly that doesn't mind laying on top of my feet :)

Sara Szatmary said...

Do! In blanket, coat, sweater, scarf and hat form!! Then again, I am an Oregonian... I'm bias...

Stephanie said...

Beware! They are beautiful, but very itchy!

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Sarah said...

Sounds like these blankets are the American equivalent of the all-Canadian Hudson's Bay blanket...which I very much want! (Although I just saw on the website that the blankets are actually made in England, haha.)

https://www.thebay.com/eng/hbccollections-blankets-Multistripe_Point_Blanket-thebay/156989

nadia said...

I am addicted to my raspberry colored Snuggie. At first I thought this has to be the cheesiest blanket ever. But thenmy sister gave me one for Christmas and shortly afterwards started appreciating the fact that my arms stay in the cozy warmth and softness of the snuggie while I am comfortably sipping a glass of wine ;) It's brilliant for wine / hot chocolate lovers ;)

Aya said...

DO!!!
They're beautiful, cozy, soft and last forever. My mom has made a capote from one. I have one for couch lounging. I recently gave my dad one called "Father's Eyes" which is gorgeous with sweet symbolism. It's worth it to go for a Pendleton over a knock off since they're such great quality.

marjolein pfeffer said...

Haha, it is so typical for women to have cold feet. I just bought me a pair of slippers (i dont know the correct word in English, i would say pantofle) to have the warmest feet and just to feel cosy!

Alice said...

Depends... I'm from the Pacific Northwest and our family has been there for generations so Pendleton blankets are a point of pride and a must for the entire family. I haven't celebrated a single major life event without being gifted one. The throws are thinner and softer and excellent for the sofa... the thicker ones that comes in sizes intended for the bed are best as a second layer... you'd def. want a sheet in between you and it. It's also super nice for winter... because wool is so breathable you don't get sweaty.

Tinyo said...

I always have a couple of wool blankets in our living room for snuggling on cold nights, to throw over my little boy if he falls asleep on the sofa. I get mine from www.avoca.ie or www.lauraashley.co.uk

Kate said...

We have one on our bed and I love it. It keeps us so warm in the winter. It is quite itchy, I don't think I would cuddle up with it on the sofa.

Smith And Ratliff said...

Yes! We have one that goes with everything from Giants games to snuggling on the couch, and we're about to get another one.

Bri (like the cheese) said...

When I lived in TN, I would have to get in a hot hot bath every night before I could get in to bed, just to let my feet thaw! They would be blue sometimes!! And some times by husband would warm a rice-filled sock in the microwave and throw it in the foot of the bed so it was already warm when I got in. :)

alyson said...

definitely a do!!!!! they are amazing. though I wouldn't get a saddle blanket. they are more traditional wool "saddle" blankets, meant to be thrown over the horse. they are more for show, less for snuggling. the merino throws are super soft and the 5th avenue throws are like clouds. all of the bed blankets would be perfectly soft! we have a camp blanket and I'm longing for a Jacquard.
it's hard not to have a zillion blankets from Pendleton - especially since I work there. ha!

Rinda said...

2 things:
do! those blankets are super comfortable and super adorable. And, yes, my feet are always freezing. My husband hates when I do this, but if we are sitting together on the couch, I put my feet under him to warm them up!

Malia said...

We have two Pendleton's both of which we keep on the bed since we don't have heat upstairs. I wouldn't call them cuddly though, definitely warm. When I'm on the couch I usually have a fleece blanket or a quilt, either way something that can be washed easily since I usually have a snuggly puppy on top of it.

Mollie D said...

Don't- scratchy wool, you can find a much cozier one anywhere

Fraser said...

We have a sofa blanket that's hand dyed and so soft and more washable (read baby friendly) than a wool blanket. Made by an artist in Asheville, NC with some beautiful and graphic choices that are all natural and so soft: http://blazingshuttles.com/slideshows. Happy fall blanket snuggling!

Anonymous said...

I've been loving this blanket that I saw on You Are My Fave :)
http://shop.nubegreen.com/index.php?product=I2G-HOM-CHV&shop=1&c=81.93

It's quite lovely, and looks super warm.

Fancy Pants said...

YES! Always cold. Always have a blanket. I prefer a well worn quilt but I'm particular about how it looks on the sofa so I just throw it in our storage coffee table when not in use.

bfw said...

Yes, Pendletons are so warm and will last forever! Another natural fabric option I like are the cotton throws from Dash and Albert (they may great rugs too!). They are really soft and are great year round. http://www.dashandalbert.com/cotton-throws

Holly said...

I always have cold feet! That blanket is really pretty but I wonder if it's itchy! I can't do itchy blankets...

Tampopo Press said...

Absolutely DO! They are a little on the scratchy side, though, so I'd layer it with another lighter blanket or at least a sheet.

Karen said...

Do! Go for the "napped" blankets, because they're softer and warmer. But even the unnapped blankets don't scratch. And to other commenters who worry about the durability--Pendleton blankets are meant to be used! So get yourself a Pendleton and wrap up in it, drag it on the floor, make a fort, let the dog sneak a nap on it. Just use it. My problem is that I work here, so I have one or two on every bed and one over the arm of every sofa and chair, but I still have more than I can use.

Christina said...

Pendleton blankets look so nice, but I'd feel like the wool wasn't soft and cozy enough. I bought a crocheted-style throw from Crate & Barrel (I love that store) a while ago and I love it for the couch when watching movies. And yes, sometimes I just use it for my feet ;)

a displaced floridian said...

i'm always cold and love throws! be careful with the wool though. i would try to buy one in store so that you can feel it. it's so finicky! ps: love that platform bed and minimalist room!!

chanel said...

Do, do, do. I love them! The will always remind me of my family's house in the dessert of California.

http://bywayofney.blogspot.com

Lauren Kent said...

My feet are ALWAYS freezing! I have some cable knit, fur lines toasty booties to keep them snug this fall/winter.
I have a knitted ikea throw for my bed which I cart everywhere - sooo snuggly!

Al said...

As one from Oregon, I love Pendleton blankets!!! They are not scratchy at all but very warm and soft. They are made well and will last forever.

Allison said...

I love the Pendleton blankets. I don't own one myself, but my mom has one with a cowgirl on it. Seriously, my favorite blanket. It is super warm without being too bulky. And if it is scratchy at first, don't worry, it will soften with love and use. But seriously, get one. They are gorgeous and so well made. And I think so cozy :)

Girlie Blogger said...

Love cuddling under blankets. Especially in the winter time.

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www.thegirlieblog.com

K said...

I fully endorse Brahm's Mount, as well as Swan's Island Blankets. They ain't cheap, but we received them as wedding presents and they are the softest wool blankets ever. You could also try Macausland's Woolen Mills in Canada for something just as beautiful but more affordable.

Leslie said...

We received a gorgeous Navajo-print Pendleton blanket as a wedding gift that we display in our living room (it sits atop a dark leather Pottery Barn chair). It's beautiful, but I never curl up with it--too scratchy for that. I love it as an accent piece, but for throw blankets, I stocked up on some super plush ones from LL Bean last winter and they can't be beat! SO soft and cozy and they were only about $20 each.

Elisabeth said...

I REALLY want a Pendleton blanket. I moved to Oregon last year, then went to Crater Lake... and my favorite style happens to be the Crater Lake blanket. Now I really need one! I told my husband that it would be my Oregon souvenir. In the meantime, I cuddle up with an antique quilt I found at a yard sale for only $25! It's wonderful.

Rebeka said...

Oooh this summer I lived in Pendleton Oregon and worked for an Indian tribe out there and I actually visited the Pendleton Wollen Mills while I was out there. It was really cool to see how the blankets are made (apparently it's one of like 3 textile manufactures in USA or something crazy).
Anyway, the blankets are super warm, and I LOVE the way they look but they're not soft like fleece. They feel a little wool-like, so if you're looking for super soft then they probably aren't what you want. But I'm in love with Pendleton Blankets and I WILL buy a big one someday (when I am a real grown-up and I have a real job haha). They'll definitely keep you warm, and they're super "in" right now too. Plus they're "classic" at the same time. So I'd say go for it!

Audrie said...

I'm a quilter so I have a zillion quilts strewn around the house :) I spent all of this rainy morning catching up on emails under a couple of quilts!

danielleMC said...

we received one as a gift and it is so scratchy and itchy! we never take it out of the linen closet!

AHonora said...

The best blankets for cozying up in front of the TV are weirdly from the Sharper Image. I have two. They look almost like fleece but are SO soft and cuddly and don't get pilly like fleece would. They are also that perfect size of not too big and big enough to cover your toes.

Carried Away said...

My feet are always freezing :) I'm such a girl :))

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Rose said...

We sell them at the store I work at in the Twin Cities and on their site (http://www.patinastores.com). From my experience folding them at work, they are pretty rough and not very supple...Probably not the best cuddly blanket!

gabrielle said...

the new ones that they have in the pendelton stores are not as itchy as the vintage ones but still have the amazing original prints. im dying for one on my bed!

xxoo
www.paperplanesandmaryjanes.com

Caro said...

My parents have had a Pendleton blanket for years, and I always sleep with it when I visit them. I love the bright colors, and the wool is not itchy at all. The blanket itself is heavy, but I like snuggling up under it because of that. Definitely perfect for the rainy weather we've been having!

Rachel said...

I own one of their merino wool throws (in the Dress Stewart Tartan pattern) and it lives on our sofa. I have to fight the urge to buy one for every room. Their motor robe type blankets aren't cuddle blankets, but their merino wool throws are brilliant.

And the plaids! Oh the plaids.

Cassandra Marie said...

Blankets near the couch is a must in our apt! It's always so nice to cuddle up in one, whether I'm watching tv, or crocheting :)

junebug said...

Pendleton blankets are not scratchy, but they are itchy. Right? They're wool, and if you are cuddling up with them, you are going to want a layer of something between you and it.
Having said that, they are timeless and endlessly classic, and I love them and you won't regret buying one. But if cuddly-ness is what you're looking for, I would say to make a not-all-wool choice.

it's a dry heat said...

They're a DO! I scored mine at a thrift store years ago and I love it! Soft, warm and bright- they are awesome! Plus you can get different patterns. Do it!

Heather MK said...

I wrap myself up in an afghan made by my husband's aunt. He calls it my "blanket dress" - Ha!

Leah Gray said...

Denton was rainy and chilly (for Texas) on Monday and I also felt I should post about blankets! My roommates and I have a mexican wool throw, which I'm pretty sure is very similar, and it's the exact blanket I was cuddling with (while my feet were freeeezing) when I posted. So yes! Go for it :)

Designs Good said...

they are really beautiful and rustic, BUT you need to have something thick and soft between you and the blanket, because they're made of super-scratchy, thick wool. i still love them.

Jordan said...

I have to say, I love the look of Pendelton, but every one I've felt has a very scratchy wool feel to it, so it's not something I want to cuddle up with. It was so disappointing!

That's Not My Age said...

Do. I wish we could get them in the UK. I did think of buying one last time I was in NY but couldn't be bothered to carry it back!

Audrey Swanson said...

I LOVE this look. It really does add warmth to a room while adding a cozy, attention-adding piece. Another great look are hand-knit/woven/crocheted throws. Just because they're handmade doesn't mean you have to put the hours of effort into it! They also bring such lovely comfort to a room.

Xo, Audrey
http://audswan.blogspot.com/

Sarah B said...

I love my wool blanket a LOT. I recommend you ask Crispina French at Crispina.com to make you a beautiful felted one out of recycled wool. She has none listed right now, but they are artistic, beautiful and cozy.

Jillian said...

My feet are always frigidly cold! I torture my guy by slipping them under his shirt and putting them on his back which RADIATES heat.

Olivia Spears said...

My feet are ALWAYS ice cold in the winter! I'm talking it defies all science how chilly those things can get! I thought I was a freak of nature but I'm glad to know I'm not alone!

Isabelle said...

I use an ugly but soft and "easy to wash if i get butter from the pop corn on it" cheap polar fleece blanket from Walmart which i got years ago as a student... still realiable but quite ugly

I got one from Ikea for the friend who lend me his car to go to Ikea... cream with subtle pistachio colored patterns on it... it is quite nice and very warm

Anonymous said...

Hey, I live in Oregon so I'm familiar with all things Pendleton. You should go for the 5th Avenue throw for a cuddly blanket, the wool is a little softer. IMO, the other blankets are pretty scratchy but amazingly warm.

Ittny said...

I love cuddling up with blankets! I love Pendleton blankets because they are pretty and warm but I do not find them comfortable to cuddle with while watching tv but they are great for winter!

Eliz said...

As a native Portlander, my family used Pendleton blankets (and skirts! the best) as long as I can remember. Super, super warm--though they aren't the soft cushy blankets you may be used to, they're more stiff--but warmer! Great for the bed and for watching TV by the fire.

nessavay said...

I have one (I'm also from Portland, surprise!) and I put it on my bed in the winter but not to get cozy with... more to bury under, with a layer of something softer in between. The look is classic though. I use fleece blankets to get cozy with on the couch, love how soft they are.

Molly @thewaffler.com said...

Never tried a Pendleton, but I am obsessed with this throw from Pottery Barn: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/essential-cozy-plaid-neutral-throw/?pkey=e%7Cthrow%7C15%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C11&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Sku_Top_Marketing_Rule-_-

AMAZINGLY warm and cozy.

diana said...

Have you ever encountered coverme.com? It's a New Zealand company that makes the most wonderful, soft and elegant covers from lambswool (which is the best). By the way, have you also met finisterre.co.uk? The breton striped hat and scarf would be wonderful for Toby, I think.
My feet used to be always cold, but in the last two years I've put on about 35 pounds, and I'm better about it.

Farmer Jo said...

I am a Portlander, and bought one at the Pendleton Round up when I was 13, 20 years ago. It is still going strong and my favorite fall blanket, picnic blanket, camping blanket, fire place cozy blanket.

Mine is plain red and washed in cold wonderfully. I think they are worth the investment

Charlton Girl said...
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Charlton Girl said...

I love the look of them, but to be honest they are too scratchy for me.

The Cultivated One

Kerri Lynne said...

joanna, i was just chatting with my mom earlier this morning about how my feet are perpetually cold! :)

Maggie said...

my feet are always freezing cold too, but I was told in medical school that there is a physiological explanation for it. Basically, women (unlike men) have to maintain a warmer core body temperature therefore our feet and hands are often cold. (that's why I'm all sitting under a woollen blanket right now:)

ellie said...

Really cute, but not soft and cozy. They are warm if you are dressed, but bare feet? Too itchy!

geena katherine said...

They are so damn expensive!

i would like to know myself :)

emilyberit said...

Cure for cold feet- Smartwool Socks!! A bit pricey but they last forever, are super warm, and soft! I live in MN and wear them almost everyday in the winter.

Sarah said...

Our family has several Pendletons, (they come in solid and not so western-y prints as well)and while they're a bit scratchy at first, the more you use them, the softer and cozier they become.

@marihuertas said...

Joanna, we own three of these, all purchased on sale from Pendleton or REI. They're warm, fairly soft, and are fantastic for winter months. In fact, we replaced our comforter with a Pendleton blanket and absolutely love it. Highly recommended! Good luck!

Christy Kane said...

I definitely don't think of Pendletons to cuddle with, but to throw on the bed for extra warmth. For maximum cuddle/warmth, try Brahms Mount blankets - not cheap, but so soft and warm!

http://www.brahmsmount.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?display=home

Heather said...

We had these on the massage tables at the spa I work at for years! We sold them there and I own a bunch of them. They're soft and warm, not SUPER cozy, but definitely comfy enough to use them on the couch. They also get softer as they are broken in more. You do have to dry clean them. I LOVE mine! I'd say get one. It's sort of an heirloom piece as well.

I got a "baby blanket" pendleton to drape over Hawk's crib. It's basically a mini pendleton. We LOVE that one too!

Lauren said...

My mom bought me these slippers last year and they're the greatest!!!

http://www.thewhitecompany.com/clothing/slippers-and-socks/womens-inuit-booties/

I wear them around the house with leggings... my feet are no longer cold!

Abby said...

Aww, all these comments make me feel ungirly -- I'm always burning up, especially my hands and feet! I sleep under just a sheet, and usually still need to stick my hot feet out because even that's too much for them...

For you freeze bunnies though, all these blanket options sound great!

JBergum said...

Ha! I always put my feet on my husband's to warm them up! He's always so confused how I essentially loose all circulation! :)

Would wool blanket have more or less static electricity? I hate that about the polyester ones, although they're soft, evertime I unwrap from them I get shocked!

Jacqueline Powers said...

I haven't tried these yet, but I HIGHLY recommend the Timothy Paul Celine Throw Blanket. They're beautiful, soft and machine-washable. Plus they come in some gorgeous colors, like Paprika: http://timothypaulbedding.com/store/product101.html.

stellasstyle said...

I always have a blanket when I'm sitting on the couch, and if I'm in bed, reading or sleeping - I have to have my cover over me.

If you are looking for a soft and warm blanket - check out the swedish brand Klippan. My sister + husband has two, and I'm dying to get one myself! http://www.klippansyllefabrik.se/index-2.html

stellasstyle said...

I always have a blanket when I'm sitting on the couch, and if I'm in bed, reading or sleeping - I have to have my cover over me.

If you are looking for a soft and warm blanket - check out the swedish brand Klippan. My sister + husband has two, and I'm dying to get one myself! http://www.klippansyllefabrik.se/index-2.html

Julie H. said...

I have two of the Pendleton Eco-Wise blankets (queen-size and a checkered throw), and I would highly recommend them. Most Pendleton blankets are dry-clean only, which is not doable in our household. You can throw the Eco-Wise line straight in the washing machine and even the dryer!

I have a queen-size Eco-Wise blanket for our master bed, and it's warm enough that even on the chilliest of Chicago nights, we only need that plus a sheet and a cotton blanket underneath. All of those items will fit in a normal-size washing machine -- no need to truck a giant duvet to the dry cleaner anymore!

P.S.: They also sell pricier but more trendy colors of the Pendleton Eco-Wise bed-size blankets at Room & Board.

Elizabeth Buckler said...

Don't! Luckily the pendleton blanket I have was purchased at an amazing garage sale because the wool isn't soft at all! They are great for display though sadly. Joanne Fabrics has a few great alternatives that I used for a blanket for my son... I believe they are called Anti Pill fleece. The fabric I bought is a brown/ creme navajo print with skulls (not the cheesy kind!).

Also, consider washing a pendleton blanket too... it is such a pain especially if you lived in a city where you can't hang it out to dry!

Sanja said...

My feet are freezing as I type. But, half a glass of red wine over dinner, and your feet will be out from under the blanket in no time, I swear :)

Nome Alone said...

I grew up with them and have about 6 altogether and one on my bed now over our down comforter. They're usually used as the top blanket to keep the heat in and not typically used bare on your skin, but once you break them in, they're very soft. I've had the one on our bed (this sounds outrageous), for over 20 years! They're lifetime blankets, so in that sense, they're amazing! While they've been extremely trendy in the past fews years, we consider them traditional and classic. I vote you get one, good luck!

Laura said...

Do- We live in Oregon and my husband actually grew up just outside of Pendleton and we have several of these and love them. They make a lot of different blankets and some are scratchier than others. They are very warm though and great for our cold winters. Just remember because they are wool they have special washing instructions.

Anonymous said...

I'm a native Oregonian who doesn't own a Pendleton - they're expensive! I'd love to have one. You can't go wrong with one - it's a worthwhile investment if you can make it.
Now, on to cold feet: my friend makes adorable bunny slippers that are quite cozy, and cute! You can take them to a cobbler to have a little leather sole put on them, too, if you wish. They're made to order at her store Oui Presse here in Portland. Here's a picture of them from a local newspaper gift guide:
http://oui-presse.com/the-return-of-the-bunny-slippers/
they are soft and cozy!

Tracie said...

Avoca of Ireland makes wonderfully soft wool throws and blankets along with cashmere/wool blends. Gorgeous colors and plaids...I love cuddling on the sofa with mine for an evening movie. Hubby does too! http://www.avoca.ie/home/

yours truly said...

I'm telling you if you want to feel what heaven is in the form of a blanket, get a Barefoot Dreams throw! It's not a display blanket per say (although, it's not atrocious), but you will LOVE it... swear.

Sarah M. said...

My dad had one that I absolutely loved, it may feel scratchy initially, but they're so warm that it never mattered to me!

Anonymous said...

i LOVE them! i am the proud owner of my mom's old pendleton. it's the cream one with the red, blue, green, and yellow stripes. she slept under it as a little girl during winter, and now it sits happily in my living room for extra chilly nights. i will always treasure it!

esther said...

Always freezing...always.

Kathryn said...

Pendletons are wonderful for layering on the bed - we use them when we sleep outdoors in the summer in Montana. But not so soft and snuggly for the sofa.

Sara said...

I get cold feet too! I stick mine in sheepskin slippers to warm them up. Or cozy socks. Or a hot water bottle. Or all of the above!

As for blankets, I recommend buying an antique Welsh wool blanket... they're gorgeous and unique. I have three, and they're all wonderfully soft, not itchy or scratchy at all. I curl up under them all the time, and even against bare skin, they're soft. Here's where I've bought mine: http://www.welshblankets.co.uk/ - the shipping costs a bit to get sent to the US, but it's so worth it, they're heirlooms. Browse through them (prices vary). It's like owning history.

Anonymous said...

Pendleton blankets are the best looking blankets around. But last winter I discovered microplush blankets (not to be confused with microfleece). They don't pill and there is nothing as soft or cozy in the whole world. They look best in white or beige. You can get them at a good price at Marshalls. I highly recommend it!

Claire Star said...

My favorite hotel in Vancouver, Washington has Pendleton blankets and they're super soft and cozy. I highly recommend them! They're not too thick, but still warm. Love them.

Elizabeth Soule said...

I just bought one this past week over at the Pendleton store. I love wool blankets, they aren't the softest, but they're so warm and wear well.

Tom & Beck said...

heres a question, I know wool is always itchy to start, how does washing these lovely blankets turn out, is it possible to "wash away the itch so to speak" or would that totally trash them?

aabloomgren said...

Soft enough unless you're like me and like to put the blanket under your chin! My husband runs a vintage men's clothing shop that sells almost exclusively Pendleton and products from other american made woolen mills. They have a ton of blankets in their stock. www.greenwichvintage.us. They are just getting their web presence together so the online store isn't up, but if you contact him zen AT greenwichvintage.us, he'll let you know what color and patterns they have in stock and send you photos. If you find a keeper, I'll make him let me test it for softness before you commit!

Anonymous said...

I've had a Hudson's Bay blanket for a few years. HB blankets are little pieces of Canadian history. They're 100% wool and Pendleton has actually ripped off their stripe pattern, which is a reference to the blankets that the fur traders used to sell to the natives and Métis way back when and has become a classic Canadian icon. Anyway, my HB blanket was a little scratchy at first but has broken in well and is the softest, warmest blanket ever. I imagine a Pendleton would do the same thing. So definitely buy one and stick out the scratchies for a month or so!

The Hudson's Bay blanket:

https://www.thebay.com/eng/hbccollections-blankets-Multistripe_Caribou_Throw-thebay/161196

Lindsey said...

As an Oregonian, I fully endorse Pendleton blankets. You can't go wrong!!!

Tabitha Lynn said...

My mom runs the blanket department for Pendleton! They're amazing blankets

Alison Frey Andersson (anosila) said...

http://surfingcowboys.com/blanket.html
Like a Pendleton but softer and cozier for the couch (and more unique!)

mary said...

pendleton blankets are a serious "do."

Paola Albergate said...

Cozy blankets are a must! I adore the patterns of Pendelton, but I don't think they're the coziest. And yes, my feet are always freezing-it's a girl thing:)

fairytaleincorporated said...

I Love Pendleton blankets. I have four fabulous flavors. One for each in my tribe. Me and three under the voting age. And they love them too. Soft, cozy and very fancy.

Liz said...

I was just thinking about these blankets because we just learned about wool in my textiles class! I love them because they are warm, but I will second all of the comments that say they're a bit scratchy. They're perfect to use with another blanket!

erin said...

we have a really lovely wool blanket from macausland woollen mills {http://www.macauslandswoollenmills.com/} not *exactly* super soft but very cozy and warm nonetheless.

Debbi said...

Pendleton blankets are wonderful! Just the right weight, soft and warm. I buy from a series of blankets that are designed to express a Native American story or tradition and a portion of the proceeds go to a Native American College Fund.

BiblioMOMia said...

DO!!! I have a few vintage ones from my grandparents, and I adore them in the winter. They're especially great at the bottom of the bed, on top of a down comforter. Such classic style and beautiful colors, and for me, many memories, too.

rebecca... said...

,,,love pendleton and we have a couple that i love to take to football games to warm the legs while sitting in the bleachers or using them for picnic blankets, but...honestly they're too *itchey* for a blanket to cozy up with,,,we have a couple of soft, cozy white throws we use winter, spring, summer and fall we couldn't live without them!,,,

Anonymous said...

pendletons are wooly, very thick and pretty rough. but not too bad to snuggle under...

fleur_delicious said...

Jo - yes, this is a total Oregon thing. We are so proud of our Pendleton mill! When a classmate in my doctoral program showed up wearing one of his grandfather's plaid wool shirts one day, I totally made him check the tag to see if it was a Pendleton. He could *not* understand why I was so excited when my suspicion was confirmed. ;)

As to the blankets, yes, my parents had one when I was little, black with a red stripe like the classic Hudson Bay Company blankets traded at Fort Astoria over on the coast. Honestly, though, I always thought it was itchy. Still, I'd love to own one one day.

whitbull said...

I'm always cold! Especially my feet. Luckily, my boyfriend is what we call a "man furnace" so I just cuddle up to him for warmth.

Paige Elizabeth said...

I have frozen feet constantly! And the best cure of course is to cuddle my little toes under a blanket. I love the look of this one, so I say it's a do!

Diana said...

I have this psychological thing where I it's impossible for me to feel comfortable/cozy as I'm watching a movie or reading a book UNLESS I have a blanket. I will open windows in the summer, just so it will be cool enough to use one.

Maria said...

Yep, feet always freezing! That's why I always have thick woolly socks at the ready!

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

Irene Wibowo said...

cool.. :)

http://lovesimplegreen.blogspot.com/

Kristin said...

Let me tell you, I cannot live without a cozy blanket next to my couch...and I live in Australia! (I'll blame the poorly insulated houses on that one) But since I got a wool blanket, i will never go back. It's infinitely warmer and you get over the scratchy-ness quickly! Check out "Hudson's Bay" blankets. I'm originally from Canada and these blankets date back to the fur trade and have beautiful, thick coloured stripes in navy, yellow, red and green on a cream background. Just beautiful.

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nuresma said...

I prefer handmade blankets..to me they're more cosy...
And yes, my feet are always cold! (and my boybriend's always hot :)

belle said...

My Pendleton blanket is one of my favorite things! It definitely feels like wool, but it's not itchy if that makes sense. I use it on the sofa year round, whenever I'm chilly.

brooke said...

LOL my feet are always freezing. ;-)

Heidi said...

I love how they look and I keep trying to like them but they just aren't "cozy". They are warm and not too itchy but they just don't drape around you if that makes sense...they are stiff.

ACL said...

Saw this in today's Times and immediately thought of this post!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/garden/camp-blankets-and-throws-shopping-with-tyler-hays.html?scp=1&sq=cold%20nights&st=cse

A and B said...

Love Pendleton Plaid! Just realized there was a store below my work, and you should see the Pendleton bags- they are amazing

Elisa Shere said...

We have a couple Pendletons and I have to admit, they aren't good for cuddling. But, they are great for throwing over your lap at football games or for display.

And yes, my feet are always freezing. Which is why I have UGG slippers that I wear around the house.

Sharon said...

I bought a deliciously cuddly one at Pottery Barn, yes, Pottery Barn. One side is a think, cotton knitted yarn (with knitted cables!) and the other side is faux shearling. Oh, it's just heaven!

Jessica Frost said...

Yes! I never have warm feet! Blankets and thermal socks are a must during fall/winter months!

Robin Alford said...

Freezing feet? I wear opened toe shoes YEAR round! In snow, I will wear boots to work and change into my open toes as soon as i get to my desk ;)

robyn said...

We have an Icelandic wool blanket for the couch and it is the best. It is super soft wool, and kind of fuzzy. So cozy!

RachelP said...

Definitely do! I grew up in Oregon with Pendleton blankets, and they are not like fleece soft, but are not itchy. They are fairly heavy, so they certainly help you feel bundled up and cozy.

Chessa! said...

I have a cashmere blanket that I got as a gift and it's the best thing ever...super soft and definitely cuddly. As for my feet, they are always freezing and my husband is like a heater so I always try to warm them up on his bare feet when we're in bed. I know it's mean (I'm not proud of it) but he is so warm and I feel better instantly! He always wants to know why I don't just put on a pair of socks but it's just not the same! :)

la femme said...

We're blanket addicts and keep a few different colours rolled up in a basket. Personally, I prefer softer fabrics - Pendleton blankets are very stylish, but they feel scratchy to me.

jonahliza said...

do! i love pendleton <3

Kate said...

My dad worked for Pendelton for many years, so I grew up with these blankets. Some of them are very beautiful, but as it turns out, I am allergic to the wool! It really is very scratchy, and works well as a layering blanket, but not so much to cuddle up with next to the skin.

___ said...

Pendleton blankets: they are a beautiful and scratchy thing

UglyDuckling said...

Ha, my feet are always freezing! Is that something common for girls?

I thought I just had poor circulation!

I'm going to take an earlier persons comment advice and try a glass of red wine before bed! If only because it sounds fun.

Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING

apartments chicago said...

It's not flattering to the room.

Jane said...

I was given a Pendleton blanket as a wedding gift. It is beautiful but not what I would call cuddly, so I only use it as a display piece.

My cure for cold girl feet: Purchase an electric heating pad and stick it under the covers by your feet. My heating pad has a timer, which works great at night. The warmth lures me to sleep, but eventually cools down so I sleep great!

Kristina Gulino said...

Yup! We use blankets alllll the time (oh, and I'm usually wearing SOCKS!!) Girls always get so cold :)

Kristina Gulino
Something 2 Write About

Cat said...

Yes you cuddle under pendleton blankets!! They are wonderful and warm, soft and beautiful. I highly recommend getting one.

Deepak Biswas said...

Really Appreciated.
Thank you.

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