I Have a Blanket Problem (Lockdown Day 96)

by | Jun 30, 2020 | COVID-19, Johannesburg, Markets/Shopping | 18 comments

Today, after a week or so of procrastination, I returned to the Aranda blanket factory in Randfontein. After my previous Basotho blanket post, a reader in America sent me a donation to buy blankets for the blanket drive my friend Kennedy is organizing. So I had to pick up a few more.

When I arrived at Aranda, the first thing I saw was a sign reading: “Please take note of our price increase on 1 July 2020.” July 1st is tomorrow. I silently congratulated myself for ending my bout of procrastination on exactly the right day. I would have been so pissed off if I’d gone tomorrow and found the blankets more expensive than they were the day before.

I quickly chose five blankets for the donation and started to walk toward the checkout. But my feet kept stopping in front of the spiral aloe blanket.

Spiral aloe Basotho blanket
The blanket I nearly bought two weeks ago. The shape in the middle is a spiral aloe, although an Instagram friend who bought this blanket recently pointed out it also looks like a coronavirus.

“The prices are going up tomorrow,” I told myself. (I tried to find out how much the increase will be but the salesperson was secretive.) “You’ve driven all the way out here. If you don’t buy this blanket now, you will regret it.”

“I don’t need three Basotho blankets!” I retorted to myself. “I don’t have the money!”

“These blankets are a great deal,” I shot back, at myself. “And look how low the stock is. People are snapping them up before the price hike.”

I paced back and forth in front of the aloe blankets, studying the colors that were left. The blue and green design I’d admired last time was sold out — the stock really was low. But there was a black and white blanket, a pink and blue blanket, an orange and black blanket, and a turquoise and red blanket.

I hung around for at least ten minutes — starting to walk away, then creeping back. Unfolding and refolding. Continuing the fierce debate with myself.

Finally I decided I couldn’t leave without that blanket. I grabbed the turquoise and red, added it to my pile, and marched to the checkout.

That is how Trixie wound up with her very own Basotho blanket.

Trixie with a Basotho blanket
I shot this photo earlier. But Trixie is sleeping on the blanket as I type this. She loves it.
Basotho blanket
A better look. Not only does this blanket have a spiral aloe, but it also has Basotho hats in the corners.
My Basotho room
My Basotho room — the tapestry on the wall is also from Lesotho. Have I mentioned how much I love Lesotho?

I officially have a blanket problem. But it seems buying Basotho blankets is one of the only activities that brings me joy during a global pandemic so I’m going to try not to feel guilty about it. It’s a good thing Aranda is 45 minutes away, otherwise I’d have 20 blankets and a negative balance in my bank account.

If you’d like to donate to Kennedy’s blanket drive, please contact me or find Kennedy at  Microadventure Tours on Facebook.


  1. Margaret Urban

    I love the colours you ended up with!!
    (maybe I need to take a drive, in spite of price hikes)
    As you say – something to enjoy during a pandemic 🙂

    • 2summers

      Yes. I mean I have to say, if there’s one justified purchase during this lockdown — it’s a blanket!

  2. AutumnAshbough

    It totally matches the rug, too! Perfect. And Trixie feels loved.

    • 2summers

      Yeah, I didn’t even notice the rug-color match until I edited that photo. I actually used to have a different Basotho blanket in the same color scheme, but technically it was a present I gave to *bleeped name of ex-boyfriend* and he took it when he moved out. I thought I’d never want another blanket in those colors again but today I realized I don’t care anymore.

  3. Litza

    Good choice! lovely colours

  4. Catrina

    I love the colours too! And it’s true, the spiral aloe does look like the virus! ????
    I’m so glad you indulged and bought it. Nothing like a cosy blanket in winter. ????

    • 2summers

      It’s true. And these are the best blankets on earth.

  5. eremophila

    You’re learning to trust your instincts, great choice Heather????

  6. David Bristow

    Mokorotlo, the Bauto hat, inspired my Mount Qiloane and symbolic of the mountains where King Moshoeshoe found refuge for his emerging nation during the Difaqane Wars. And what, still no May U blanket!? 🙂

    • 2summers

      What’s a May U blanket?

  7. Nikki Brighton

    You got the BEST colour combo. That blanket is fantastic. Well done for not resisting.

  8. Zodwa Mbenyana

    The blankets are fantastic, how much do they cost…

    • 2summers

      Well, yesterday they ranged from R169 to R765, depending on quality and size. The prices went up today but I don’t know how much.

  9. Neo Pakkies

    I believe you should find yourself a blanket called seanamarena, it’s the most popular blanket in the Basotho culture


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