Saturday, August 31, 2013

Déjà vu

Once again I found myself in a thrift store on a ridiculously hot day. This time is was 94º in the shade. On my first pass of the textiles I saw it.

A four point green and black Hudson's Bay blanket in perfect shape. I am currently in the throes of a Kelly Green obsession and this is like a crown jewel for my hoarder's nest. So again, I waited in the long line of cranky people with my 100% wool treasure and happily forked over the low price, even for a thrift store, of $7.99.

I got it home, washed it in cold water and hung it out to dry, with the heat, it was dry in an hour. It's super disgusting in Los Angeles right now, trust. By the size of the label and the wording I can date it between 1950 and 1970.

I can't wait for winter. I will be one super-warm lady.

Reblogged from Rearranged Design


  1. Did the blanket shrink at all after you washed it? I've got 2 HB blankets that I've found at thrift stores and I've put off washing them because I'm not sure if they need to be blocked when they are wet.

  2. Not at all. Heat makes wool shrink and some folks worry about felting which only happens if you add heat, soap and agitation. So if you take away one of those it won't felt.

    Cold water and a mild, less foamy soap (like method or 7th Generation) are what I use and then always lay it in the sun to dry, never the dryer. Unless the blanket specifically says "Dry Clean Only" you should be able to wash it.

  3. I always have my eye out for those Hudson Bay blankets but I have never found one. Good for you!

  4. Score! I saw a white/multi one once and passed it over before thinking I should go back and get it. Of course it was gone then!


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