Day 111- Start a new collection

#17, Start a new collection and add to it monthly, 1/6

For a few months now, I have been looking at #17 on The List and wondering what kind of collection I might start. I looked for inspiration at antique and collectibles stores, I looked at china and sterling patterns, jewelry stores and art galleries. Nothing seemed to be “the thing” that I wanted to collect.

But when I went to the Autry museum a few days ago and wandered around their gift shop, I saw a beautiful display of Pendleton blankets. I have always liked the blankets and I love wool, so I considered buying one. I couldn’t decide which blanket I liked best, or what size would be right, so I ended up leaving without one.

The next day I went to the Pendleton website and discovered that they offer a collection of National Park blankets. I decided this would be the perfect thing to collect this year. I am a huge fan of our National Parks. I’ve been to several of them and I was even moved to tears by the Ken Burns National Parks series. One of my fondest memories, is traveling through Yosemite when I was a little girl. My stepdad gave me my own “Sierra cup” and let me fill it in the Merced river. I drank the cold, clear water in the shadow of El Capitan and my love of the park was set in stone.

There are ten blankets in the National Park collection and they are a centennial celebration of the first blanket offered for Glacier Park in 1916. These ten parks are represented in the series:  Acadia, Badlands, Crater Lake, Glacier Park, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Rainer, Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone, and Yosemite.

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I decided to start my collection with Glacier Park.

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Pendleton has a rich history in the Pacific Northwest where the same family has been making blankets for six generations. This is the description from their website.

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Here is a two minute film which shows the history of Pendleton in photographs.


The Pendleton website offers two pdf files detailing more history of the company and information about wool that are interesting and informative. You can follow Pendleton on Instagram at Pendletonwm, and I love the hashtag #pendledog which shows a bunch of cute dogs sporting blankets, often in natural settings.  There is also a Pendleton blog. I really enjoyed one post in particular that follows a photographer on her journey into Glacier Park with her Pendleton blankets and other swag.

When I read this passage:

“Glacier Park is located in Northern Montana, along the Canadian border. In fact, Glacier was joined with Canada’s Waterton Park as the first world’s first International Peace Park in 1932. The Goat Haunt Ranger Station is located at the center of the Peace Park, and is the only place in the country where you may cross the border without going through customs. In fact, you will receive a special mountain goat-shaped stamp in your passport to commemorate your crossing.”

I decided I NEED that goat-shaped stamp in my passport! (Something for my next List, perhaps.)

If you like the images on the blog, you’ll probably like my Pinterest page, The Beautiful Wild. Check it out!

By this time next year, I should have a thick stack of beautiful wool blankets on my shelf.

What are you collecting?

259 days to go!


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