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:
(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.