Last year, I met a young family that sell buffalo meat. Now, I know you are immediately thinking evil thoughts about the meat industry; however, these folks run a really wonderful operation.
Their buffalo (or more correctly, American bison) are raised on native prairie grasses and are allowed to live within their natural family units with their past generation of offspring. Basically, the buffalo "free-range" year round and are not given any feeds with grain, animal by-products, hormones, or antibiotics. They provide hay in the winter if necessary.
Yes, these animals are raised for meat, but don't even get me started on the wool industry! Okay, I digress, but I'm back...
So, I was beyond delighted when they gave me some fiber. They collect bits and pieces of fiber around their property after it is naturally shed. They don't usually find a big chunk, but they gifted this big four ounce beauty to me!
|....and the underside|
|Some of the big chunks and a little fiber I had to part with!|
I plied the single with an almost near match (in color) of Shetland wool. The wool and buffalo are both super soft, so I ended up with one luscious skein:
|50/50 blend of buffalo and Shetland wool|
2.5 ounces / 100 yards
Now, to sell or keep...that's the question. In fact, that's always the question!