While visiting The National Needlearts Association Show in Columbus, Ohio, I received a personal invite to meet the owners of The Buffalo Wool Co. Buffalo fiber isn’t something that I had given much consideration in regards to working with in knitting and crochet. I wasn’t aware of it’s advantages. The owner gave me a personal demonstration on the pros for using it.
I was surprised to learn that buffalo fiber is light weight and very durable. And, even more interesting, it is hypoallergenic.
Also, buffalo fiber is extremely warm and it is amazing for those who work outdoors. One thing that I never thought about is the way people wear their buffalo. Over time, a light ‘halo’ (layer of fine fluff) appears on the material, but it’s that halo that traps your heat to keep you warm. The owner of The Buffalo Wool Co. reflected that city dwellers who wear buffalo prefer their knits to be halo-free as they like to have a crisp look. On the other hand, hunters and country folk want the halo to protect them from the outdoor elements.
If you are interested in learning more about buffalo fibers, I strongly encourage you to visit The Buffalo Wool Co’s Website for more interesting facts and yarn. And once you get your hands on some wonderful buffalo, be sure to visit AllFreeKnitting and AllFreeCrochet for free patterns. Since it comes in different yarn weights, this fiber is perfect for knitting scarves, cowls, and mitts, as well as crocheting shawls and hats. The options are endless!
Happy Hook’n and see you next Wednesday.