This blanket comes from a farm in Maine where the entire production takes place, from raising the sheep, to growing the grass that the animals eat, to spinning and dying the yarn. The wool is measured between 18-23 microns (any measurement under 30 microns is non-itchy), meaning this handmade blanket causes no irritation to the skin.
Keep on your couch as a throw for winter movie nights, or at the foot of your bed for an extra layer of warmth. Wool naturally repels moisture and dirt, so the blanket should not require frequent washing. Shake off dust and dirt periodically. When a more thorough cleaning is required, the blankets are made to be thrown in the washing machine on a warm cycle with a gentle detergent or shampoo and conditioner. Line dry. Hand wash or dry clean if preferred. When not in use, store clean blanket in an airtight container with aromatic cedar to deter moths.
Nanne Kennedy’s farm stretches over 80 acres of wetlands, grasslands and woodlands just up the coast from Portland, Maine. On the property, she prepares soil, raises grass, herds over 100 Merino sheep and border collies, as well as dyes her wool and makes yarns, sweaters and blankets. The accent stripe is dyed using cochineal, an insect from Oaxaca, Mexico, which produces a brilliant crimson-hued dye when mixed with baking soda. The color for the background of the blanket is created using goldenrod flowers that grow wild along the edge of Nanne’s property. Her yarns are dyed with seawater from the Atlantic Ocean. In order to fix a natural vegetable or mineral dye in a protein fiber (wool is a keratin chain made of amino acids) it needs a catalyst of acid, salt and heat to help it eat into the wool and create a chemical bond. Nanne developed a system harnessing the naturally occurring salts and acids in seawater, combined with solar-derived heat. This bypasses a noxious chemicals process and high heat boiled wool, which would result in a rough, itchy texture. The water run-off from the dying process goes back into irrigating the grass that the sheep then graze upon. The blanket is finished with a cashmere whipstitch collected from Nanne’s darkest colored sheep.
Handmade Merino wool blanket dyed with natural plants and minerals using Atlantic seawater. Finished with a brown cashmere whipstitch.
45 x 70 inches (114 x 178 cm)
Wool cashmere trim
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