Hello and Happy Friday!
A few days ago, I asked my husband if he'd take me for a drive. Out of town and down through the valley we went, until the hills in the horizon met us with open invitation. Soon after, we entered the park. Quite possibly my favorite park, up at the top of those hills, (how I love the view), where Bison roam and graze, ignoring those who come to share their land. But oh how they had my attention. Those eyes!
The American Bison, (the name used interchangeably with Buffalo), is now (2016) America's national mammal, and is our nation's largest land animal. These beautiful beasts were almost driven to extinction during the 1800's. Luckily however, in more recent years, a few special ranchers have united and with the help from Indian tribes, they are restoring the herds.
I find them so amazing, and even more fascinating, is that their warm, fuzzy undercoat makes beautiful yarn! I love the idea of buying Bison yarn not only for its beauty, but also knowing that knitting with their fur helps preserve their presence here on earth. May they always be:)
After spending the day with these beauties and some beautiful elk as well, I came home and ordered a few skeins of Happiness from The Buffalo Wool Company. The company is committed to working hard to preserve the Bison. (Thank you!)
I then took a skein of Destination yarn, in color way Birch Bark, and chose the shawl pattern, Amalgamation, by Kirsten Kapur. I love a good feminine pattern most days, but for the beauty and natural look of the bison yarn, I wanted something a little more rugged. I think it’s quite fitting. Happiness indeed!
Kind friends, I’m wishing you a cozy first weekend of December, full of love, knitting, and joy! Love, Jeannine
P.S. Thank you to you friends who have sent me a recent comment. I’m a little behind with responses, but will catch up soon. xo
Amalgamation: The action, process, result, of combining or uniting.