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We're looking for a large waterproof picnic blanket that is
easy to wash. We tried one from REI, with the felt-like
substance on one side, but our dog's hair would stick in the
felt even after an immediate spin in the washing machine. It
must be waterproof on one side and soft and easy-to-clean on
the other side (like cotton flannel).
Check out Blue Lotus blankets (www.bluelotusblankets.com).
They're fleecy on the top, not felt, and the underside is
totally waterproof. Lots of nice patterns or solid colors to
choose from. We love ours and keep it in the car all the time
for various outdoor activities.
Spring (summer?) is here and it's now a perfcet time to have
picnic outside! I have seen people using some kind of blanket
that looks like cloth (or fleece) on the up side and water-
resistent at the back. I am wondering where can we buy these
big and comftable blankets that can be used on the grass, beach,
etc...? I have checked the parents web site, but could not find
anything. Thank you very much and have fun outdoors!
I think I've seen the ones you're talking about at Restoration Hardware--
also I think they were Pendleton brand, and I believe they have a
website, so you could probably get one online. Also we've found that
wool yoga blankets (we got ours at the Piedmont Yoga Studio) work well
as picnic blankets. Have fun!
NapaStyle is where I got this as a gift for my sister. It's
expensive but big, very soft and well made. My sister likes
that it folds up and has straps for carrying it:
The most recent One Step Ahead catlogue had them -- their
Waterproof Play Blanket in blue or green, soft on top with
waterproof backing-- for $29.95:
The picnic blanket you are referrring to is the ''Neat Sheet''-I
bought mine at Target for 7-bucks on sale last year. They come
in a variety of sizes.
I bought my picnic blanket (just like the ones you describe) at
the Crate & Barrel outlet on 4th Street. They have them from
time to time. A regular Crate & Barrel might have them in stock
more regularly. Be advised hand washing is recommended. I
haven't washed mine yet.
We bought our blanket from One Step Ahead for abut $35.
However, a friend of mine found a ''Neat Sheet'' at Target for
about $8 that serves the same purpose. The sheet is much
thinner than our blanket and seems to blow around easier.
Check out the Tuffo website. They are a bit expensive but very
fun and durable. Comes with its own carrying case.
I saw these at Costco last year. They were very nice! I also
bought one, after the season, at Crate and Barrel, on Fourth
Street in Berkeley. It has plastic, waterproofing on one side,
and a fabric on the other. The one at Costco was much
more like a blanket, though.
We actually got a blanket like that at Target last year.
I have one that was given to me by a friend and I love it! It
was made by a woman in Colorado who runs a small business custom-
making these picnic blankets. Since she is an acquaintance of
my friend (and, of course, since I'm so happy with our blanket),
I'm delighted to recommend her: her name is Janel McPhilips.
We have one of those types of picnic blankets for each of our cars. I love them! We got them at Costco a few years ago.
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