When cold weather is on its way, it’s time to inventory your home’s blanket collection. Years ago, when the only source of heat in a home or cabin was a fire or wood-burning stove, blankets were a necessity, and the more you had, the better. Nowadays, some of us are working within tighter budgets, and that means resisting the temptation to crank up the heat as temperatures turn chilly. One quick way to add to your collection of blankets is by scouring estate sales and second hand stores. Whichever type of fabric you prefer, cotton, wool, synthetic or a combination of fibers, thinner blankets are best because you can layer them. It’s a lot easier to add or remove a layer or two of thin blankets and achieve an optimum temperature than it is to deal with a single, very heavy blanket.
You’ll want to run second-hand blankets through the hottest and longest cycle on your washing machine. If you’re able to dry them in outside in bright sunlight, that’s even better. Sunlight can kill any stubborn germs that might be nervy enough to stick around.
A second inexpensive blanket is simply two yards of fleece purchased at a craft or fabric store. If you have a coupon, so much the better. Years ago I purchased four 2-yard lengths of the stuff with the intention of creating a couple of those knotted blankets like this. I never did get around to that project, but one night I took a length of the fleece, surprised my daughter with her “new” blanket, and I’ve been hooked on using one-ply fleece ever since. They won’t have the properties of wool, but they’re awfully nice to keep in the car or as an extra if unexpected company shows up.
Having extra blankets on hand means that you can turn down that heat a couple of notches and even have a simple source of warmth if needy families come to you for help.
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