My Cotton & Cloud Fresh Inspirational Knits Vol.1 Spring/Summer 2013 collection is now available! It’s been thrilling and humbling at the same time to see four of my designs being within top 10 of the popular patterns when the collection was released. Thank you so much for your kind support!
I first encountered bison yarn at the Knitting & Stitching Show here in London in 2009, at the busy Buffalo Wool Co.’s booth. I was amazed to discover how warm, yet wonderfully light, this unusual yarn is.
Buffalo Wool Co. in Sexy:
Lace weight: 50% bison-down, 50% bombyx silk
400+ yards/2 oz. skein
I wasn’t the only knitter who was intrigued by this latest addition to their amazing selection of yarns. It has a beautiful shimmer and is a real pleasure to knit! At the time, I was obsessed with designing half circular shawls and this new feather-light yarn inspired me to design the Prairie Shawl, based on the vast landscape where herds of bison still live.
As a huge fan of David Attenborough, I had seen the American bison in one of his series. I was delighted by the magnificent animals and the beauty of the prairie landscape with its distant mountains!
Since the yarn is an exotic, luxury material in Britain, I wanted the design to have a special story behind it. So not only is it enjoyable to knit, the finished shawl also forms a subtle, picture-pattern telling the timeless story of the prairie landscape.
Worked from the centre outwards, the first wave of pattern depicts the sky and clouds, followed by the zigzag section representing the impressive mountain ranges. Then there are columns of leaves symbolising the lush prairie grasslands that provide sustenance for these wonderful creatures!
I do hope you’ll like the Prairie Shawl and enjoy creating something a little ‘out of the ordinary’ from this amazingly soft and warm American buffalo yarn!
(Here’s a link to a similar BBC programme about U.S. bison).