Posted 26 December, 08on:
A slanket is a blanket with sleeves, perhaps one of the greatest inventions of the century. When I read in bed, my arms always get cold. I have tried (unsuccessfully) to hold the book through the blanket in order to stay warm. Knowing that I was going to be stuck in bed, in winter, for many days, it was definitely time to make a slanket.
The sewing is beyond easy. I admit, the sleeves are not hemmed yet. They seemed long, but I wanted to use it for a while to decide how long the sleeves need to be. I found the directions here. I set the sleeves closer together than the instructions recommended. In hindsight, they could have been even closer together.
The slanket has been wildly popular in this house. It has been perfect for my recuperation. The pressure of heavy quilts is very uncomfortable on my knee. Fleece is lightweight, yet warm. My arms stay toasty while I am reading or using the laptop. When I get sleepy, I can simply pull my arms in and drift off to sleep. The boys have each requested one. My neighbor thought the idea was brilliant. She is my Project Runway buddy, so I might need to make a couple so we can each have one while we watch the show. I might have to send Hubski on a fabric run for me. I will be ready to sit at the sewing machine much sooner than I will be ready to hike through a fabric store.
If you know someone who likes to knit or read while snuggled in a blanket, this would be a terrific gift. The sewing could not be simpler. You could add a little embroidery on the cuffs or center front to jazz it up. Bindings could also add some pizzazz. It could be scaled down for a child. Just think about the width of a child’s shoulders when deciding on the sleeve placement. My luscious fabrics could be used, like Minky or cashmere. It’s not too early to start on holiday gifts for next year. 🙂