Crux Blanket

If you’ve perused home design blogs or Scandinavian blogs (or those magical few that are a mix of both, be still my heart!), you’ve probably come across this blanket:

This is the Crux Blanket by Swedish designer Pia Wallén. It was first sold in 1991 and made of ecologically sourced wool by a small, independent family in Sweden. It also cost over $700 dollars. I’ll pause to let that one sink in for a bit.

It pops up frequently in shelter mags and blogs alike:

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from here

 (white floorboards and walls!) from here

 It’s become both iconic and ubiquitous, and somewhere along the line I fell in love with it. In addition to being a Crazy Candle Lady, I’m also a Crazy Blanket Lady. Remember how I obsessed over this blanket? My boyfriend bought it for me for Christmas in light gray (!! clearly he knows the way to my heart. That and he reads my blog). It is heavenly. It totally needed a friend, and the Crux blanket would provide the right amount of contrast. But at $700, even I realized there are some things I just shouldn’t buy (my therapist would call this “progress”).

But then I found out there was a new batch of blankets being produced, made in cotton sourced from Peru. The fabric change meant it would cost less than its wool alternative. Please tell me I don’t need to explicitly say that I bought one the moment I found one for sale online? Good. Now that we’re all on the same page:

I bought it from Story North, a store based in Surrey that sells all sorts of wonderful Scandinavian home goods. The owner is an interior designer and blogger who loves all things Swedish and Nordic as much as I do.  The service could not have been more wonderful (they had no problem shipping it to the states), and when it arrived I almost didn’t want to open it, it was so beautifully and carefully packed. Check out that packaging! Wrapped in waxed brown paper and tied with raw string, with a hand-printed tag card that reads “Here is your Story North product. We hope you like it as much as we do.” Well, guess what? I DO.

It is soft and cuddly and has come in really handy this past weekend because it was (and still is) freeeeezing. Unfortunately, like most things I bring into the house, Fitz has decided it belongs to him and won’t let me have a turn with it.

Oh, what? That travelcard cushion? Yes, about that. Did I mention that I’m also a Crazy Pillow Lady?

Also, don’t know if any of you caught the Golden Globes last night, but “Homeland” picked up TWO awards, one for best television drama and one for best actress. If that isn’t endorsement enough, I don’t know what is! And “Midnight in Paris” won best screenplay. DUH.

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January 16, 2012 / design / LEAVE A COMMENT / 13

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  • Happy Monday! And congratulations on your new blanket. Glad you got a cheaper version. I would expect it to at least be cashmere for $700! Never heard of that company but what a cute site! Am going to have a proper look later.

    Can’t wait for you to blog more photos of your flat! (that’s what’s called and assumptive close)

    Hope you had a lovely weekend xxx

    PS why are all those pretty small girls in scandinavia called Pia? Such a cute name!

    • I thought it might have been sewn with gold thread for the original price. I still spent more than I normally would have on a blanket, but this is one of those trends I’m buckling to and I’m not even going to feel bad about it.

      I definitely plan on posting more pictures of my place soon…once I get everything how I like it. So this could be a while :)

      How was your weekend after your cancelled hair appt and such? Last season I got roped into American Idol despite my better judgement, and there was an Italian contestant named Pia and she was adorable! So I guess it’s more than a Scandinavian name, but you’re right that they all seem so pretty.

  • OH, that blanket is a beauty! It reminds me of the equally desirable (and seen in every enviable decor) Hermes blanket. $700?! Ack! So glad you unearthed an alternative. You’re good!
    It reminds me: I was looking through some magazine this past weekend and came across a jaw-dropping dress by Herrera or Valentino. Usually in the notes the magazine rarely, if ever, includes a price. But there it was. $30,000…For a dress! It just seems so unreal, but I suppose there was plenty of that walking down the red carpet at the Golden Globes. (Regarding Homeland: Yup, you called that one.)
    PS~I think we should all start calling each other Pia, or start using the name like an adjective. “You’re so Pia, Erin.” (Ok, not really.)

    • I’m totally using that! And yes, Erin, you are soooo Pia!

    • Regarding using Pia as an adjective, you are both on drugs, but okay! I’m flattered, it’s a super cute word, and a nice compliment. You guys are so Pia.

      I want to see pics of the Hermes blanket…although maybe I don’t, because I think I should be done buying blankets for a while.

      I’m literally staggered at the price of that dress. Are you kidding me? That’s more than most cars, right? I don’t know, I don’t drive. But still! That’s more than most kitchens!

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  • That blanket is soooooooooo Pia! I’ve been looking for one just like it for my poppet. I can’t justify spending that much on a blankie for her, though ………..

    And what is it about brown paper packages tied up with string? Gets me. Every. Time.

    Great store, by the way – I’ve already Wishpotted a few scrumptious items ……….. :D

    • Hahah, Annie has started a trend with using Pia as an adjective. I couldn’t justify spending it on myself, really, but I bit the bullet and splurged. It does keep me really warm, but I’m also trying desperately to keep Fitz and all other hands off of it in case something happens to it, haha.

      That store is in your home country! It’s located in Surrey, so you’ll pay less in shipping than I did! I can’t complain about that, though, they were really, really reasonably priced. And god, yes, that packaging was so lovely.

  • I love that blanket. Can’t figure out if they ship to US?
    I found you through Theresa at Inspiration Cooperative. Your site is great!
    Teri

    • Thank you, Teri! They DO indeed ship to the US! You have to email them to let them know that’s where you’ll be shipping it, and they’ll send you a separate invoice after checkout. It was only 10 GBP, so $15 or so extra. The one I got is very small, you might want to buy the larger version!

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  • Hi there. I’m happy to discover they made a “i dont have to save 3 years before buying it” version of the Crux blanket but may I ask you what is the touch of the wool? My memories of Peruvian wool is a bit “coarse”. thanx xx