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For almost 100 years Oregon based Pendelton Woolen Mills has been making commemorative blankets for our National Parks from 100% pure virgin wool. The stripe design on some of these blankets originate from the pioneer days and were used by traders to note the weight or value of the blanket. National Parks honored by Pendelton include Glacier, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Crater Lake.

I couldn’t resist also including some of Pendelton’s Lumberman blanket collection. Although I’m not ready for summer to end yet, I’m already dreaming about nights by the fire with one of these blankets and a mug of hot chocolate!


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In 1897, C. C. Filson began outfitting adventurers in Seattle on their way north during the Klondike Gold Rush. A quote on Filson’s website from the 1914 catalogue says it best:

“TO OUR CUSTOMERS: if a man is going North, he should come to us for his outfit, because we have obtained our ideas of what is best to wear in that country from the experience of the man from the North — not merely one — but hundreds of them. Our materials are the very best obtainable, for we know that the best is none too good and that quality is of vital importance. YOU CAN DEPEND ABSOLUTELY UPON OUR GOODS BOTH AS TO MATERIAL AND WORKMANSHIP.”

Over 100 years later, Filson, still based in Seattle near the original store, is producing the same high quality outdoor clothing and accessories. Although Filson carries everything from jackets and shoes to shotgun cases and dog leashes, my personal obsession is their line of rugged cotton luggage and bags.

I use the computer bag and tote bag above almost daily for the past several years. Daily wear and tear on the cotton twill fabric and leather only gives the bag more of a patina and softness as it ages. The larger luggage pieces are built to withstand both the airline baggage system and a weekend trip in the wilderness.

Now, I’ve already revealed my love of plaid (here) so of course I got excited when I found my two loves combined into one… Filson’s line of plaid wool bags!

As you can see, if I didn’t avoid the Filson store in Portland like the plague, I’d end up being a poor crazy bag man. But it’d be pretty fabulous wouldn’t it? You can see Filson’s full line of luggage and clothing on their website.

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Even country folk these days need technology. Some farmers now tweet and blog about their harvest to connect with markets and customers in their town and beyond. But that doesn’t mean that their iPhones and laptops need to be kept by the same mundane black zippered and velcro-ed cases.

The iWooly case, made with environmentally conscious processes from Oregon native Pendelton wool, are an alternative to the mundane corporate-looking cases found at a computer store. Protecting your precious equipment from day-to-day scratches and dirt, the iWooly is available for iPad, iPhone, MacBook, and Blackberry, as well as sizes for passport and pencil cases. Not only do these woolen envelopes come in dapper colors and plaids, they’re also hand crafted with wholesome and sustainably harvested materials.

You can find iWooly products at The Good Flock online.

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