McFadyen picnic blanket
McFadyen picnic blanket
McFadyen picnic blanket
McFadyen picnic blanket

McFadyen picnic blanket

We’ve got my mum, Norma, to thank for this one.

When she was quite sick and while I was visiting her I threw a rug over my legs to keep them warm. The tartan rug had been in the family for a long time and appeared at picnics or trips to the country.

As I sat there talking to her I began to notice that the yarn it was knitted from was quite harsh – it’s no wonder it lasted so long. Further, inspection revealed that it was made using Shetland yarn renowned for its strength – perfect for a picnic rug.

The McFadyen blanket is based on our trusty family picnic rug, the difference is this one is lined with moisture-proof backing.

Otto and Spike use Australian and New Zealand grown wool, and make use of remnant yarns to reduce waste, whenever possible.

The McFadyen is still knitted on a 1970s model, 4 1/2 gauge knitting machine, and finished by hand.

  • Australian premium surplus lambswool
  • Blankets measure approximately 1.6m wide x 1.6m high
  • Backed with nylon woven Taslon fabric
  • Machine washable in cold water

Otto & Spike are proud to say that these picnic rugs are made from 100% surplus wool. As a consequence, colours are continually being updated as each individual colour runs out. 

Otto & Spike is made in Melbourne at a family-run, ethically certified, solar-powered knitting mill, which has been operating in Brunswick for more than 50 years.