Wayfaring Yarns🚃Travel Tales of a Novice Knitter

Inside the Snowglobe☃

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Thoughts and Thank You’s

Yarn Companies

The Buffalo Wool Company
The Buffalo Wool Company
Malabrigo Yarns
Malabrigo Yarns

Local Yarn Stores

Blazing Needles, Salt Lake City, Utah
Blazing Needles, Salt Lake City, Utah
ImagiKnit, San Francisco, California
ImagiKnit, San Francisco, California
Knit on Pearl, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Knit on Pearl, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Free Patterns

Downtown Jackson Scarf
Downtown Jackson Scarf
Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts
Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts
Selway River Poncho
Selway River Poncho
Sugar House Cowl
Sugar House Cowl
Teton Village Sweater
Teton Village Sweater
Yellowstone Ear Warmers
Yellowstone Ear Warmers
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat

Inside The Snowglobe☃

Winter is an especially magical time here in Alta, Wyoming.  Outside is snow packed and is the perfect playground for skiers, boarders, snow bikers, snow machiners, ice fishers, ice climbers, ice skaters and snowman builders. ☃

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Inside is warm and cozy with a fire blazing, a pot of soup on the stove and a cup of your favorite hot beverage steaming in your hand.  This makes me want to grab my needles and cuddle up with some warm fuzzy yarn!

I hope you enjoy spending a little time perusing through my articles on The Buffalo Wool Company and Malabrigo.  And if you are in any of these areas, check out the LSY’s in Salt Lake City, San Francisco and  Jackson Hole.  If you do make it to Jackson, give me a shout and maybe we can get together at the store for a knit nite! 😄

Here’s a special thanks to my amazing models.

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My gorgeous friend, Julie Wade
And her beautiful daughter Kelsey
And her beautiful daughter Kelsey
The incredibly athletic Katie
The incredibly athletic Katie
"Slim" by artist Georgia Bunn
“Slim” by artist Georgia Bunn

 

Home on the Range

Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world is famous for geysers, waterfalls, wolves, elk, moose and…Bison!

Geyser at Lake Yellowstone
Geyser at Lake Yellowstone

Sometimes called buffalo, these majestic creatures brave extremely cold temperatures, as low as 66 degrees below zero (-55C) with an average of 150 inches of snow each year.

Lake Yellowstone
Lake Yellowstone

The Bufflo Wool Company, owned by Ron and Theresa Miskin and located in Kennedale, Texas harvest soft bison down from their herd and use it to create the most amazing luxury yarn on earth.  I was tickled pink to be able to speak with Ron and he had a lot of awesome things to say about their job, their herd, and their yarn.

Me:  Here in Yellowstone country we have a healthy fear and respect for the mighty Buffalo and are instructed by state park officials to stay 25-30 yards away.  How do you harvest the bison down?

Ron:  When we first started using the fiber we picked it up off the fences and bushes around the ranch.  Now we put street sweeper brushes on fence posts on ranches around the country.  We also shear the hides when the bison are processed for meat.

Me:  I like that.  Nothing goes to waste.  What is your favorite part of owning and running The Buffalo Wool Company?

Ron:  Definitely the people.  This industry is filled with the most kind, generous people I’ve ever met.  Everyone is so willing to give advice and help where they can.

He is seriously the nicest man!

2Sexy fingering weight, 50% bison down, 50% silk
2Sexy fingering weight, 50% bison down, 50% silk

Why bison? I can personally attest to the company’s claim that bison is soft enough to wrap a baby in and tough enough to keep a mountain man warm in a blizzard!

This is our backyard six months a year...we know warm when we feel it!
This is our backyard six months a year…we know warm when we feel it!

Some other awesome bison down fiber facts:

– No known allergies to the fiber.
– Bison down has a moisture regain of about 30%, keeping you warm and comfortable even when wet.
– Because it’s not hollow and doesn’t have barbs like wool, it doesn’t shrink.

Below are the 3 designs from my Winter 2016 collection that feature The Buffalo Wool Company Yarns.  Click on the links for the free patterns.

Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts
Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts – 2sexy, 50% bison down, 50% silk
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat - Heaven DK, 100% bison down
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat – Heaven DK, 100% bison down
Yellowstone Ear Warmers - Heaven DK, 100% bison down
Yellowstone Ear Warmers – Heaven DK, 100% bison down

Have you used yarn from The Buffalo Wool Company?

Once Upon A Wooly Dream

Imagine a beautiful place high in the mountains where the snow almost never stops falling and when the sun breaks through the clouds it shines with bright blue skies on a very cold day.  Sounds like Alta, Wyoming to me! My home sweet home is the place where the weather and a local yarn store filled with colorful, soft yarns inspired me to learn to knit.

Antonio González-Arnao imagined a place very similar when he dreamed of a brand name for his line of incredibly soft, kettle-dyed yarns – Malabrigo.  Spanish for bad shelter, Antonio loved the idea of a cold, windy place where people would find pleasure creating indoors with their richly dyed, velvety soft wool.

Located in Uruguay and most recently Peru, Malabrigo is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and is dedicated to creating yarn using environmentally responsible methods. Their factories meet Oeko-Tex standards, which means their yarn is free from a range of harmful substances including pesticides and heavy metals often found in manufactured yarn.

I have two designs in my Winter 2016 collection that call for Malabrigo yarns. Downtown Jackson Scarf, knit with Malabrigo Mecha, purchased at The Black Sheep in Encinatas, California

Downtown Jackson Scarf - Malabrigo Mecha, 100% merino and Rowan Fur, 97% wool, 3% nylon
Downtown Jackson Scarf – Malabrigo Mecha, 100% merino and Rowan Fur, 97% wool, 3% nylon

and Sugar House Cowl, knit with Malabrigo Worsted, purchased at Blazing Needles in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sugar House Cowl - Malabrigo Worsted, 100% merino
Sugar House Cowl – Malabrigo Worsted, 100% merino

Have you had the chance to work with Malabrigo Yarns?

 

 

Salt Lake City, Utah

Once upon a time in a cute little neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah called Sugar House, there was a perfect little house.

Blazing Needles Yarn Store. I loved the yarn ball and knitting needles sculpture in the front yard!
Blazing Needles Yarn Store. I loved the yarn ball and knitting needles sculpture in the front yard!

And inside this house a wonderful lady watched over the most beautiful skeins of yarn in all the land.

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Brands like Shibui Knits, Bookland Tweed, Summit Cashmere and Malabrigo.

Malabrigo Worsted, 100% merino
Malabrigo Worsted, 100% merino

This may sound like a fairy tale, but Blazing Needles is a real-life yarn store focused on making every customer feel like a princess who has died and gone to yarn heaven 😇

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I didn’t want to leave, but when I did I couldn’t wait to get home and wind up the gorgeous Malabrigo Worsted I purchased.

The Sugar House Cowl
The Sugar House Cowl

If you’re ever in the Salt Lake area, don’t miss this magical little house on the corner.

San Francisco, California

During our yearly mother-daughter trip, my Meggie-pie and I enjoyed the best San Francisco had to offer.

Me and my Meggie-pie
Me and my Meggie-pie

Delicious food, the San Fransisco Ballet, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge and luxury accommodations were a part of the package, but our trip was not complete without an Über ride to San Francisco’s premier yarn store, ImagiKnit!

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ImagiKnit is a tiny store, but is packed to the brim with yarn delights from all over the globe.

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Megan fell in love with the store’s darling mascots.

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I was able to score a couple of skeins of Rowan Yarn’s Fur

Rowan Fur, 97% wool, 3% nylon
Rowan Fur, 97% wool, 3% nylon

and got to work as soon as I got home.

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Downtown Jackson Scarf knitted with Malabrigo Mecha and Rowan Fur

Next time you’re in San Francisco, don’t miss the chance to stop by ImagiKnit!

 

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Tucked away in downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a perfect little yarn store called Knit on Pearl.

One of the daily affirmations at Knit on Pearl
One of the daily affirmations at Knit on Pearl

And no, Pearl is not spelled wrong, the store actually used to be located on Pearl St. in Jackson.  Cute, huh?

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Knit on Pearl carried all sorts of yummy brands like Noro, Juniper Moon, Manos Del Uruguay and

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Plymouth Yarns, which I purchased enough of  to make my Teton Village Sweater.

Teton Village Sweater
Teton Village Sweater

I’m lucky enough to call this store my LYS!  Next time you are Jackson, make sure you swing by!

Travel Tales of a Novice Knitter

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