Throw blanket wraps up lazy Sundays
- The San Francisco Chronicle, 01/31/2010

What's your favorite way to spend a cloudy, chilly winter afternoon? If your answer involves books, tea and a living room sofa, then you're throwing the kind of party I'd like to join.

To induce maximum laziness, we recommend wrapping yourself up, burrito style, in a throw blanket. Among our favorites is the Honeycomb from LoooLo, a company committed to sustainable textile production ( www.looolo.ca).

Montreal designer and LoooLo founder Joanna Notkin crafted the throw from certified organic wool/ramie yarns from Switzerland (the dyes are also toxin-free). The 60-by-50-inch swath of honeycomb-knit fabric can be composted at any time. But we figure the $495 price tag and array of lush colors, including lilac, ocean blue and persimmon, make it a keeper.

Another option is the Lutz & Patmos Honeycomb Throw for $89 at West Elm (westelm.com). The company commissioned luxury knitwear designers Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos to create a collection of pillows and blankets. The Honeycomb, which pairs an oversize cable-knit pattern and delicate "honeycomb" stitching, stretches a full 44 by 56 inches and comes in ivory.

For fans of Lutz and Patmos, the acrylic-and-wool blend blanket is a far cry from the Teflon-coated cashmere that won the designers a place in Time magazine's 2002 roundup of coolest inventions. But it sure looks comfy.

Drape one over the side of your sofa, and you'll be ready when the next lazy Sunday strikes.

$495 LoooLo Honeycomb throw  

$89 Lutz & Patmos Honeycomb throw