National Parks Memories: Babies

We are closing out this fantastic year of celebration with some more national Park memories. These two memories come from Pendleton employees.

Erin is one of our designers. She has this to say about this photo:

Although I don’t remember this, it is a popular story at family get gatherings. This is a picture of me at the Grand Canyon with my mother (Nancy) and aunt (JoAnn). I am recovering from a massive tantrum because my mother would not release me from her toddler hiking backpack. I really wanted to cross the guard rail to get a better look at the Grand Canyon! Obviously my request was not met and I went into a hysterical crying tantrum.

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And, for our last post of the year, here’s a classic shot given to us by Robin, who is head of our bricks-and-mortar stores division:

Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood:  The year was 1957, I was 4.5 years old.  I was visiting my West coast grandparents from New York with my New York City grandmother, Rose Raskin in the Pendleton 49’er jacket, my mother, Mary Bonetta,  and little sister Hillary, age 2. I recall only the gift shop, where I was to receive a totem pole.  Who knew then I would work for Pendleton 45+ years later.  Wish I had that 49’er jacket!

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Two wonderful memories, two fabulous photos and two babies for the New Year.

Happy New Year from Pendleton Woolen Mills!

 

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A Park Memory: Susan Karlstrom for Glacier National Park

Ed. note: Please enjoy this special customer memory from Susan Karlstrom. It’s a special one!

For Christmas this year my husband gave me the Glacier National Park 100th Anniversary blanket.  It’s beautiful with the profile of the Garden wall, as seen from Lake McDonald.  This is the view from my favorite spot on Earth.  The west end of the lake.

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My father was a naturalist for the park. As a child, the day after school was out we hit the road, Michigan to Montana in 3 days.  We had to get to the park to start our summer.

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My brother and I “grew up” in Glacier.  No tv, no phone, just outside and everything the park had to offer.  Woods, trails, streams, rivers, snow, bears, that was our summer adventure.

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My mother was confident in our “bear skills” and always knew we would come home when hungry.  We always did.  Now, I sit with my Glacier park blanket, in Michigan, and tell my children of my incredible experiences in Glacier. I am fortunate that my family wants to return with me to Glacier I and explore it together.

 

I still get a feeling deep in me that says it’s time to go back and to see, smell and feel Glacier, to reconnect with the park.   Fortunately, my husband is ready to go.   Now, my kids look at me and say it’s time to go back.  I could not agree more.  I am thankful it’s in them.

I am thankful that this beautiful blanket keeps us warm and keeps us planning for the next trip to Glacier this summer! The blanket is so special to me.  Someday, I know I will wrap my grandchildren in it and foster their love for Glacier too. Thank you for creating it!

Susan Karlstrom

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See the blanket here: Glacier National Park 100th Anniversary Blanket

What to Buy on Free Shipping Day

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Everything ships free today only—free 2-3 day shipping in time for Christmas with code HURRY—so now’s your chance to score some last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers! Think of free shipping as the best excuse ever to avoid the crowds and stay snuggled on the couch. So pour some more eggnog, turn up the holiday music, and use this cheat sheet for the best Pendleton gifts to snag today—including a few for you.

Friends of the Parks Bracelet, $5

The perfect stocking stuffer! Your outdoorsy friends and family will love them. (Our stores have trouble keeping these in stock.) In the same hues as Pendleton’s park stripe blankets, it’s a fun little pop of color to show your support for America’s national parks.

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Oversized Mug, $19.50

A big, sturdy ceramic mug to last forever (and a mainstay on Pendleton employee desks). Choose from seven different park stripes, 10 iconic blanket patterns and more.

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Long Fringed Scarf, $54.99 & up

Brr, it’s chilly out! Keep warm with luxe merino wool and classic Pendleton patterns. There’s a matching hat too to complete your winter-ready ensemble.

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National Park Socks, $12.50

These comfy cushioned socks are another affordable pick from Pendleton’s National Park Collection. (2016 is the centennial of the National Park Service.) Raves one customer, “They are the most comfortable socks I’ve had in a long time!”

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Fleece-Lined Headband, $19.50

Everyone knows someone so dedicated to exercise that they jog even when it’s freezing cold. Give them the gift of stylish winter warmth with this fleece-lined headband.

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Jacquard Leggings, $26.70

Who says you can’t get something for yourself during the holidays? Pair these leggings in coral or lavender with a tunic for casual pizazz, or wear them with your coziest sweatshirt and lounge around.

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Pueblo Cross Crew Socks, $14.50

Another sure-to-please stocking stuffer. These red-and-aqua socks come in an exclusive Pendleton pattern inspired by Southwestern geo designs. There’s a matching bandana too.

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See more Pendleton gifts here. Happy Free Shipping Day!

 

STAR WARS: Rogue One Instagram Contest On The Way!

We are celebrating the release of Star Wars: Rogue One with a blanket giveaway on Instagram. It begins Thursday, December 15 at Noon (12 pm) Pacific Standard Time, and runs until Midnight on Sunday night–also Pacific Standard Time.

To enter, follow us on Instagram if you don’t already! If you are already a follower, you’ve met the first requirement without even trying.

Next, find our Instagram post of this image:

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In a comment on this exact post, leave a comment tagging at least one of your friends who are also on Instagram. Remember, tag your friends on Instagram, not this blog.

That’s it! You’ll be entered. You don’t even have to mention how intriguing the blanket is, or how excited you are to see Star Wars: Rogue One (though, like us, you probably can’t wait). Just an Instagram handle will do the job.

Winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, December 19th, with notification soon after.

The Star Wars: Rogue One blanket is BEAUTIFUL! Here’s a flat shot:

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Dark silhouettes hint at the mysterious heroes at the heart of Rogue One, the latest chapter of the Star Wars saga. This limited edition Pendleton blanket gives you a sneak peek at new characters Jyn Erso and Captain Cassian Andor, as well as the droid K-2SO, the tropical planet of Scarif–and is that Darth Vader and the Death Star in the distance?

Bands of green reflect the film’s muted palette, while geometric shapes add a distinctive finishing touch. The intricate and reversible design is made possible by Pendleton’s state-of-the-art looms and weaving expertise. Exclusive Pendleton design. Hand-numbered edition of 1,977 with a custom Star Wars label and Certificate of Authenticity.

 

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Isabelle Huppert in Pendleton for the New York Times

isabelle-huppert-slide-h1z7-superjumboWe were delighted to see French actress Isabelle Huppert in the New York Times style magazine, wearing our Frankie shirt. Huppert is known for her intelligence, beauty and insistence on challenging roles. Her career spans 45 years and over 100 roles.

You can read more about her controversial new movie with provocative director Paul Verhoeven here: NYT Interview with Isabelle Huppert

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And see the shirt here (Huppert is wearing the Black Watch): Frankie Shirt by Pendleton

Greg Hatten visits Badlands National Park

img_4280Ed. note: Our friend Greg Hatten took a small detour to Badlands on his way home from Oregon this year. And since our #pendle10park explorer has shown us so many photos of spires and stacks, we thought we’d share Greg’s beautiful prairie shots, as the prairie is a huge part of this beautiful South Dakota park. Enjoy!

In the Badlands National Park, there is a Wilderness Area where bison, coyotes, prairie dogs, and snakes make their homes. You can be a guest there and share this space with them – at least for a night or two.

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Look closely; there be prairie dogs in this photo.

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Now, back to Greg’s story in the present day.

It’s the primitive camping area at Sage Creek in the North Unit of the park and if you take the rutted dusty “rim road” on the north side of the Badlands park you will find it – tucked between the gentle bluffs and rolling hills of buffalo grass in South Dakota – just southeast of Rapid City and the Black Hills.

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As I pulled into the area, it was a warm day for October and the only signs of life were a couple of bison calmly grazing who didn’t even look up as I rolled by in my FJ Cruiser pulling my little wooden boat. A ring-necked rooster pheasant was quite a bit more shy but still curious about the sound of loose gravel crunching beneath the tires. My window was down and I took a quick photo just before he put his head down and disappeared in the tall grass.

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While there are no rivers to “float” in the Badlands, I was towing my boat through the park on my way to the midwest for a little off-season repair work. I’m so used to camping next to the boat on the river, it somehow seemed to “fit” in this rustic setting. If nothing else, I figured it would be a nice wind break for my campsite. I picked a level spot for the tent that was in-between buffalo “pies” that were stale and crusty and no longer smelled. The canvas tent blended with the terrain and when camp was “set”, I pulled out my lap-top and did some late afternoon writing as the sun set and the temperatures started dropping.

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Greg’s post has a lot of beautiful photos and much more story. Read the rest here: Find Your Park in a Wooden Boat: Badlands

See Pendleton’s Badlands National Park items here: SHOP BADLANDS

 

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Volunteer Profile: Paul Ogren for the Badlands National Park

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Ed. Note: Our Badlands volunteer was nominated by Katie Johnston, Executive Director for Badlands Natural History Association. She wrote a charming letter to us about Paul Ogren, who works at the park’s front desk and in a variety of park programs. Katie’s words follow.

Dear Pendleton,

When you inquired about notable volunteers, an instant smile came across my face as I thought of Paul Ogren, a volunteer we have here at Badlands NP.

I grew up in the Badlands. My grandmother was in my current position here at the Association for 40 years previous to me. I came to work with her often, and grew up seeing the park rangers and seasonal employees that have been through this park for the past 30 years. I have gained so many friendships because of this park. One that hits near the top of my list is Paul.

As the non-profit partner to the park, we are responsible for helping with the volunteer program. When Paul arrives every spring, we say “We know our busy season is soon upon us when Paul arrives.” I can’t venture to guess how much time at the front desk or program time in the park Paul has put in the eight years he has been coming back, but it’s so much more than his volunteer time that Paul brings to our park. He brings us laughter, stories, knowledge, and the feeling of how much love someone can have for one place to keep returning to it year after year. In a park where every season has different employees, it’s nice to see some consistency.

Whether it be answering the common question, “What is that black and white bird outside with the long tail?” or “Where can we find the bison?” Paul is prepared to help in any way that he can, and the best part is, he is happy to do it.

I know that there will come a day where Paul won’t be back for the summer, and a great number of us will be very sad. However, he doesn’t see that happening anytime soon. He is planning to return this spring, and for that, the Badlands can be grateful.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts on such a valuable person to Badlands National Park. He doesn’t volunteer for the fame, and sure as heck not for the money. It is for the love of a location and the people he works with.  I believe that volunteers across the park service deserve more credit than they get. ..but you won’t hear that from them either!

Best Regards,

Katie Johnston
Executive Director
Badlands Natural History Assoc.

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Additional photos by #pendle10park explorer Emmanuel Beltran

Badlands National Park, our Last #pendle10park for 2016

IMG_6726It’s been an incredible year for Pendleton and our parks, as we help celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. Our #pendle10park explorers have taken you from California to Maine. We are going to finish out the year with Badlands National Park.

South Dakota’s Badlands were authorized as a National Monument in 1929, officially established in 1939 and designated as a National Park on November 10, 1978. Badlands National Park is home to haunting natural beauty and some of the richest fossil beds in North America.

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The name “Badlands” comes from the Lakota, who moved into the western plains during the late 18th century. They called the area Mako Sica, which translates as “eroded land” or “bad land.” As they traveled and hunted, the Lakota found the White River Badlands fossil beds and correctly surmised that the area had been underwater. They believed the skeletons belonged to a great sea beast called Unktegila. The ghost dances of the Lakota, led by the visionary Wovoka, were held in the remote tablelands of the Badlands.

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History echoes in the spires and peaks of the eroded rock formations, across the prairies, and in the secluded valleys where Native American tribes have been hunting and living for 11,000 years.

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Settlers and homesteaders arrived in the 20th century, but struggled to find a foothold in such arid conditions. The Dust Bowl wiped out most of the area’s farming, and plagues of grasshoppers took care of the rest. Abandoned sod houses dotted the area until the wind and weather took them down. Today, the area supports wheat farming.

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Badlands National Park is a designated wilderness preserve. Here, you can experience the largest protected mixed-grasses prairie in the US. You can see mule deer, antelope, bighorn sheep and coyotes. Look a little closer to the ground, and you will see black-tailed prairie dogs. You might even catch a glimpse of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America. And of course, you’ll see the American Land Bison, or buffalo.

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The Badlands are an “avian crossroad,” a habitat for both eastern and western birds. The cliffs make excellent hunting grounds for golden eagles and prairie falcons. Cliff swallows and rock pigeons nest in the countless hollows. It is a birder’s paradise, but explore this park with caution; the country is hard to travel, with sharp rocks, yielding substrate, and very little water.

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Sunset here is particularly beautiful. Enjoy it among the formations, as the setting sun catches the pinnacles, casting dramatic shadows.

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Or settle onto the prairie, and enjoy the sounds of South Dakota; the wind in the grass and the evening birdsong.

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Photography by Emmanuel Beltran: @stick_e

Shop Pendleton Badlands National Park: SHOP

Gifts that Give Back: The American Indian College Fund Blankets

2016_fall1_blankets_throws_aicfToday is #GivingTuesday. Each year, as you plan your holiday shopping, please remember gifts that give back. Since 1990, Pendleton Woolen Mills has been proud to support the work of the American Indian College Fund. Sales of these blankets fund scholarships to tribal colleges, and make a difference in the lives of students throughout the country.

We have already featured this year’s blanket, the Naskan, so we’re showing you some others. Go see them all here: The College Fund Blankets

Nike N7

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Innovation meets tradition with this collaboration between Nike N7 and Pendleton Woolen Mills. For inspiration, Nike designer Derek Roberts (the design genius behind our popular Star Wars blankets) looked to traditional Native American dress and how the patterns work together to create a garment.

Return of the Sun

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This graphic design was created in partnership with Native American artist Larry Ahvakana. The changing of the seasons plays a central role in many Iñupiat traditions and activities, and in Mr. Ahvakana’s sculpture work. This blanket celebrates the arrival of the sun back to the Arctic and the start of hunting season.

Raven and the Box of Knowledge

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Internationally renowned glass artist Preston Singletary grew up in the Pacific Northwest. His works explore traditional images and legends of his Tlingit heritage translated into glass. The image on this blanket represents Raven, a shape shifter and trickster who often employed crafty schemes to achieve his goals

Earth Blanket

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Inspired by a blanket in an Edward S. Curtis photograph, the Earth Blanket embodies the elements of earth and sky, with a grey triangular step pattern in the center called the mountain design. Each cross represents the four directions.

Water Blanket

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Also inspired by an early 20th-century photograph by Edward S. Curtis, this blanket is inspired by the peerless weaving of the American Southwest. It incorporates classic Navajo elements in an eye-dazzling pattern. The central dragonfly, an emblem of water, symbolizes life.

We’ve shown you only four of these beautiful blankets. See the other choices, including saddle blankets and two children’s sized blankets, at our website: The College Fund Blankets

Learn more about the work of the College Fund here:   www.collegefund.org

Top 10 Pendleton Picks for BLACK FRIDAY

black-friday-pendleton-giftsBlack Friday can be overwhelming—it’s a mad rush to stock up on gifts and fight the crowds before you collapse at home for leftovers and napping. To make things a little easier, here are top 10 picks to grab this Black Friday, from hot new arrivals to time-tested bestsellers. Click the name to shop these items at pendleton-usa.com – and check out our amazing Black Friday deals!

  1. Marvel Captain America Blanket

Chances are, you know a Marvel fan, and our newest blanket is the one they want. (Prefer Star Wars? You’re all set too.) This wool blanket is naturally warm and resists stains and odors, plus it’s made in America. Steve Rogers would approve.

  1. Washable Whisperwool® Robe

This is the bathrobe they’ll love for the rest of their lives. If you think that’s an exaggeration, customer Patricia51 writes, “This robe is so wonderful, warm, cuddly, and well made. I truly will never need to buy another, ever.” Pendleton’s exclusive Whisperwool pure virgin wool is not only supersoft, light and warm; it’s also machine washable, so crumbs and spills are nothing to worry about.

  1. Women’s Lounge Hoodie

Technically this is “loungewear,” but several Pendleton employees wear this at the office. and it’s so cozy (plus there’s an eye-catching Pendleton pattern on the back and sleeves). It’s basically a hoodie you can wear to work. Genius!

  1. Sir Pendleton Wool Shirt

If “wool shirt” makes you think “thick and scratchy,” this shirt will change your mind. It’s refined and lightweight, woven of an entire mile of smooth worsted merino wool yarn. One happy customer says he owns a dozen of them!

  1. Merino Wool Socks

Can anything beat merino wool socks? They keep your feet happy and dry, they never get terribly smelly and they’re light and breathable enough to wear all year. Try this new knee-high version in our popular Harding pattern, or go with unisex patterned crew socks to make workdays more lively. Can’t get enough? There’s more here, here and here.

  1. Eco-Wise Wool Blanket

If “machine washable” seems to be an unofficial theme, it continues with our Eco-Wise Wool® blankets. (Who has time for dry cleaning, especially during the holidays?) In both solids and plaids, they’re some of Pendleton’s bestsellers: made in America, softer with every wash and Cradle to Cradle certified eco-friendly. You can even get them monogrammed.

  1. Sierra Coat

Wish you (or she) could wear a Pendleton blanket? Now you can. Our warm, blanket-weight fabric also goes into this luxurious, popular jacket in versatile black and ivory.

  1. The Original Westerley

As seen in the cult classic movie The Big Lebowski, this is Pendleton’s bestselling men’s sweater, also beloved by women and dogs. Even if you aren’t a fan of The Dude, the unusual, distinctive design is stylish enough on its own. It’s well-constructed of toasty lambswool and sure to be a cold-weather favorite. Get one before it sells out again!

  1. Glacier Fifth Avenue Throw

Pendleton’s softest, most luxurious throw blanket in an incredibly popular pattern. This is the one they’ll love wrapping up in on cold nights or snuggling under on the couch. The fine merino wool is brushed for a cozy feel, and the simple bands of color match almost anything.

  1. Board Shirt

Our #1 Heritage product. Guys love it. Women do too (and there’s finally one for them!). This must-have has been seen everywhere from a Beach Boys album cover to rockstars, celebrities, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who likes to be warm and stylish. For the uninitiated, Pendleton’s rugged Umatilla wool is breathable and resists stains, wrinkles, odors and even rain, and the colors will stay true. Plus, it’ll last for decades. Perfect gift!

What will you be buying this Black Friday (if anything)? Happy shopping!