This year's favorite blanket is full of holes, and meant to be: it is the thermal blanket, a machine-made creation of loose-weave stitches that looks like the afghan Grandma used to crochet.
Topped with another covering in winter, the air holes are supposed to trap the body's heat. In summer, without the extra wrap, the loose knit allows free circulation of air.
But American women took to thermals for other reasons. "I love that oldfashioned, hand-knit look," said one New York housewife. "I'm so tired of everything being made slick and plastic...