Wayfaring Yarns✈️Travel Tales of a Novice Knitter

Autumn at Last

The making of Issue 1
Thoughts and Thank You’s

Yarn Companies

Feature Article - Corvallis, Montana Mountain Colors Workshop Visit
Feature Article – Visit to the Mountain Colors Workshop in Corvallis, Montana
Noro Yarn Company
Eisaku Noro Company
Manos del Urugual Co-op
Manos del Uruguay Co-op
Koigu
Koigu Wool Designs

Local Yarn Stores

Black Sheep LYS, Encinitas, California
Black Sheep LYS, Encinitas, California
Needlepoint Joint LYS, Ogden, Utah
Needlepoint Joint LYS, Ogden, Utah

Free Patterns

Autumn in Alta Poncho
Autumn in Alta Poncho
Autumn in Peachtree Cowl
Autumn in Peachtree Cowl
Cardiff-by-the-Sea Fingerless Mitts
Cardiff-by-the-Sea Fingerless Mitts
Dauphiné Alpine Lace Socks
Dauphiné Alpine Lace Socks
Gilmore Skinny Scarf
Gilmore Skinny Scarf
Pierre's Fringe Wrap
Pierre’s Fringe Wrap
Salmon River Fingerless Mitts
Salmon River Fingerless Mitts
Sapphire Mountain Cowl
Sapphire Mountain Cowl

Koigu Kersti Yarn Giveaway

Win 2 skeins of Koigu Kersti. Click photo for details.
Win 2 skeins of Koigu Kersti!

Autumn at Last

I’ve always loved autumn.  The year is ending, earth is cooling off and giving up its harvest, but for me it signals a beginning, a fresh start.  Autumn brings me crisp mornings and cooler evenings.  It brings me time during the day while my kids are at school to start a new exercise routine and have a long quiet soak in the hot tub.  It brings me after-school music students who are actually practicing!  It brings me lots of good reasons to relax at night with something warm to drink and lots of soft, cozy yarn to knit.

Autumn is the perfect time for me to publish my first issue of Wayfaring Yarns Magazine.  I’m excited to use this online format to share with you my yarn adventures, my travel adventures and the results of my first ever foray into the endlessly fascinating world of knitting design.

All of my designs thus far are easy to knit, made elegant by beautiful yarns.  In fact, I get great pleasure in figuring a design for the yarn that showcases the particular qualities inherent in that yarn.

I’d like to thank my models for their time and especially their patience with my very amateur attempts at photography.

My perfect-in-every-way daughter, Megan
My perfect-in-every-way daughter, Megan 😘
My beautiful, sweet niece from Atlanta, Anabelle
My beautiful, sweet niece from Atlanta, Anabelle
Haylee and Emily Lyman were amazing. We had so much fun!
Haylee and Emily were amazing. What a great mother/daughter team! Daughter on the left 😉
Follow Belle on Instagram @bellethefrenchbully
Follow Belle on Instagram @bellethefrenchbully

Thanks for joining me!

Selena Miskin
Musician by trade
Knitter by choice
Traveler by chance

True Colors

Road trip!

Bridge crossing the Salmon River, Idaho
Bridge crossing the Salmon River, Idaho

The boyz and I decided to hit the road to the Bitterroot Valley in Montana to visit the Mountain Colors workshop.

Beautiful summer day
Beautiful summer day
Lunch at Dave's Pizza in Salmon, Idaho. Two thumbs up!
Lunch at Dave’s Pizza in Salmon, Idaho. Two thumbs up!

We followed the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, traveling up the Sacagawea Historical Byway in Idaho then onto the Salmon River Byway and into the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

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Once we crossed the Montana state line, we entered the Bitterroot National Forest and drove down the mountain pass into the Bitterroot valley.

Sapphire Mountains in the Bitterroot Valley
Sapphire Mountains in the Bitterroot Valley

The valley is most famous as the setting for “A River Runs Through It,” but we traveled there for the yarn. Mountain Colors is owned and operated by Leslie Taylor and Diana McKay.

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I was tickled to catch these hard-working ladies in action.

Natural yarn waiting its turn to become Mountain Colors
Natural yarn waiting its turn to become Mountain Colors
Hand painting yarn. There color of this batch was Harmony Plum. At least 9 different colors are painted on to even the more solid colored yarn!
Hand painting yarn. The color of this batch was Harmony Plum. At least 9 different colors are painted on to even the more solid colored yarns!
Heat processing with vinegar for colors that stay put
Heat processing with vinegar for colors that stay put
Stunning colors!
Stunning colors!

I took along some of my finished designs for show and tell

Gilmore Skinny Scarf worked in Mountain Colors "Jeannette" colorway Firestorm 65% cashmere, 35% silk
Gilmore Skinny Scarf worked in Mountain Colors “Jeannette” 65% cashmere, 35% silk
Sapphire Mountain Cowl, worked in Mountain Colors "Mountain Goat" 55% mohair 45% wool
Sapphire Mountain Cowl, worked in Mountain Colors “Mountain Goat” 55% mohair 45% wool
Dauphiné Alpine Lace Socks worked in Mountain Colors "Bearfoot" 60% wool, 25% mohair, 15% nylon
Dauphiné Alpine Lace Socks worked in Mountain Colors “Bearfoot” 60% wool, 25% mohair, 15% nylon

and came away with more treasures.

Mountain Colors "Wooly Feathers" 65% mohair, 20% nylon, 15% wool
Mountain Colors “Wooly Feathers” 65% mohair, 20% nylon, 15% wool
Skein ends sold at Mountain Colors workshop by the ounce - "Half Crepe" 100% merino
Skein ends sold at Mountain Colors workshop by the ounce – “Half Crepe” 100% merino

As every knitter knows, no matter what’s in the queue or what’s in the stash, when new yarn comes home we have to get our hands on it right away!

Salmon River Fingerless Mitts worked in "Half Crepe" 100% merino
Salmon River Fingerless Mitts worked in “Half Crepe” 100% merino

If you’re on the road and in the Missoula, Montana area take a few minutes and stop by the Mountain Colors Workshop. If you’re not on the road, check out #mountaincolors on Instagram for more of their lovely, vibrant yarns.

The World is Her Canvas

Every family has a story. Mine is not a traditional tale, but its written with love.

Mark and me shortly after our wedding
Mark and me shortly after our wedding

My husband and I have been married for 6 years now. Not so very long, but long enough to come together with our children as one unit, a unit build on work, trust and love.

The Justice-Miskin clan
The Justice-Miskin clan

These same characteristics of work, trust and love are the foundation on which the Koigu Wool Designs company is built. Koigu is a family business located in Chatsworth a few hours outside of Toronto, Canada. Maie Landra and her mother Taiu started the small operation and named it after Maie’s husband’s ancestral home in Estonia.

Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe - merino wool, colorway k318
Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe – merino wool, colorway k318

Now, about 30 years after its initial inception, the Koigu yarn is still painted, hanked, labeled and shipped by the Landra women and a small handful of local employees.

Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe - merino wool, colorway k104
Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe – merino wool, colorway k104

Koigu is world famous for its high quality yarn, light and wearable, but most especially for the stunning, hand painted colorways. Check out their Facebook and Instagram accounts for more fabulous colors and projects.

Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe - merino wool, colorway k451
Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe – merino wool, colorway k451
Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe - merino wool, colorway k324
Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe – merino wool, colorway k324

Earlier this summer I designed a casual shawl, the San Francisco Summer Scarf using Koigo Premium Merino (KPM) in a lovely deep denim for the body and Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) in a rainbow colorway for the edging.

By Fisherman's Wharf
By Fisherman’s Wharf

My latest Koigu design is the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Fingerless Mitts worked in Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe. The colors of K505 are reminiscent of the beautiful Southern California coastline. Soft blues and greens with a hint of tans and browns. The yarn itself is a pleasure to knit and the results are consistently light, soft and squishy, perfect for a pair of cozy mitts.

Cardiff-by-the-Sea Fingerless Mitts worked in Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe
Cardiff-by-the-Sea Fingerless Mitts worked in Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe

I’m doing a promotional give-away from September 1st through September 15th. You can find the details here. The winner will receive 2 skeins in their choice of the 4 colorways pictured above, the perfect amount of yarn to knit up the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Fingerless Mitts!

Encinitas, California

Last spring we got the chance to visit my brother and sister-in-law and their boys in San Diego, California, the most beautiful, peaceful place on the California coast.  After lunch and before the beach, I paid a visit to The Black Sheep, a LSY located on Highway 101 in Encinitas.

Encinitas Sunset
Encinitas Sunset

This yarn store is the stuff of which dreams are made.

Wall of yarn in Black Sheep. That's Malabrigo Mecha hanging on top.
Wall of yarn in Black Sheep. That’s Malabrigo Mecha hanging on top.

If you can dream of a luxury yarn brand, The Black Sheep probably carries it; Berroco, Classic Elite, Debbie Bliss, Jade Saphire, Rowan, and Skacel to name a few, every brand and style with an abundance of colorways.

I was happy to snag several skeins of Noro Silk Garden Solo

Noro Silk Garden Solo - 45% silk, 45% mohair, 10% wool
Noro Silk Garden Solo – 45% silk, 45% mohair, 10% wool

And Malabrigo Mecha

Malabrigo Mecha - pure merino super wash wool
Malabrigo Mecha – pure merino super wash wool

I’d been dreaming of owning some Noro Solo for months, wanting to pair it with some of my striped Silk Garden in some sort of intarsia designed something or other. Instead, I ended up using most of it for Pierre’s Fringe Wrap.

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You can get the pattern for Pierre’s Fringe Wrap here.

Have you visited The Black Sheep in Encinitas? I’d love to hear about your experience!

Ogden, Utah

I was on my way to Salt Lake City, Utah a while back to visit my daughter and had some time to kill, so I decided to stop off in Ogden to check out the LYS there. The Needlepoint Joint, located on historic 25th Street, is a store I’ve shopped at before, but it was an in-and-out visit to the store (never a good idea), and it had been on my mind ever since.

If you haven’t been to Historic 25th Street in Ogden lately, you are in for a treat.

Funky piano on Historic 25th Street
Funky piano on Historic 25th Street

They’ve restored the store fronts and blocked off the street so there’s lots of room to walk around and enjoy the booths and street artists.

Classic yarn bombs lined the sidewalk to the LYS
Classic yarn bombs lined the sidewalk to the LYS

The Needlepoint Joint is easy to find, when you park, just follow the yarn bomb markers until you arrive! This is a beautiful store. Lovely interior, lots of gorgeous samples and lots of yummy yarn as well as needlepoint and embroidery threads and supplies. On my second trip here, I was able to spend a lot more time.

Wall of Manos del Uruguay at The Needlepoint Joint
Wall of Manos del Uruguay at The Needlepoint Joint

The staff was great (and patient) helping me make my decision; Manos del Uruguay’s Silk Blend which is 70% merino wool and 30% silk.

Silk Blend - 70% extrafine merino 30% silk
Silk Blend – 70% extrafine merino 30% silk

I only bought one skein, but was able to make the most of it (I literally had 2 yards left). Here is the final product, Autumn in Peachtree Cowl, designed for my sister who lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.

My beautiful niece, Anabelle at her home in Peachtree City, Georgia
My beautiful niece, Anabelle at her home in Peachtree City, Georgia

Koigu Kersti Giveaway

Win two skeins of soft, luscious Koigu Kersti!

Two skeins is just enough yarn to make a pair of Cardiff-by-the-Sea Fingerless Mitts.  I will have a drawing in two weeks on September 16, 2015 to determine the winner.

To enter:

Post a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #wayfaringyarns of your stash, a knitting WIP or FO, or your LYS.  You will receive one entry PER DAY every day you post during the two week period, ending September 15, 2015 midnight mountain time.

That’s one possible entry per day.

Everyone who plays is eligible for FOURTEEN ENTRIES!

I will notify the winner on September 16, 2015 on their Instagram picture.  The winner will choose one of the colorways shown above and I will mail them their prize.  PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER IN ANY COMMENTS!  When I notify the winner I will include my email address so your contact information will be private.

You must be 18 years of age to play.  Winner chosen at random.  Void where prohibited or restricted by law.  No purchase necessary to enter or win.

Thanks for playing!

Travel Tales of a Novice Knitter

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