My preoccupation with Scotland and all things Scottish continues with my new pattern, Grand MacAlpine Stole. I am a proud descendant of the Clan MacAlpine and used the clan tartan as an inspiration for the design. Worked with two strands of Rowan Yarns Kidsilk Haze held together, this project is great for someone who’s looking to learn or improve their intarsia skills.
I also did a little digging and found out some cool history on the MacAlpines.
There is an old Gaelic saying: Cnuic `is uillt `is Ailpeinich which translates to Hills and streams and MacAlpine. In other words, the MacAlpines were created alongside the hills and streams of Scotland.
Tradition claims MacAlpine as the oldest and most purely Celtic of the Highland Clans. You can read more about the Clan MacAlpine here.
The Caribou-Targhee National Forest spans over 2.63 million acres, much of which is a part of the Greater Yellowstone Eco System in Idaho and Wyoming. A small part of this forest, the Jedediah Smith Wilderness is less than five miles from my home in Alta, Wyoming. All summer, the wilderness area rewards our months of snow and cold with a stunning abundance of mountain wildflowers.
This fair isle, fashioned in a tube then grafted together to form a circle, is made for winter. I really enjoyed working with Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca. The luxurious warmth and silky softness of this fiber is heaven to knit! It’s perfect to wear on those cold days when you’re dreaming of summer and mountain wildflowers.
If you’re feeling a little intimidated by grafting the tube using kitchener in the round, here’s a great video to get you through it and weave in the ends as well!
I’m thrilled to be a sponsor in this year’s Fall Sweater Challenge, where everyone who finishes gets a one-of-a-kind hand knit/crocheted garment.
It’s so easy to play along, simply sign up here and post your progress with specific hashtags on Instagram, Facebook or in the Fall Sweater Challenge Ravelry Group. You don’t even have to start a new sweater, any work-in-progress will do!
I’ve traveled all over the European continent, but I’ve never been to Edinburgh. I see the pictures, I read the stories, I imagine beautiful, kind peole wrapped in cozy, classic knits drinking tea by the fire while darling little hedgehogs frolic in the yard around garden gnomes.
I may not have it exactly right, but when the day comes that I do go to to Edinburgh, I’ll be wearing these elbow length argyle mitts.
Made with Rowan Yarns’s Felted Tweed DK, Dreaming of Edinburgh Mitts are worked flat to facilitate the simple intarsia design, have a relaxed fit and are tapered down the arm to the wrist with a thumb gusset.
If you’re new to the intarsia technique, here’s some helpful tips.
Please check out the color palatte my test knitter used for this pattern. It’s all gorgeous greys and pinks!
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We had some great trips this summer visiting family and friends in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Palo Alto, but were always happy to return to our cabin overlooking Palisades Lake in Idaho.
Surrounded by pines, aspens, hummingbirds, chipmunks, deer, elk and the occasional moose, Palisades Lake shimmers and glitters in the sun.
When I was planning the Palisades Lace Cowl I knew I wanted a yarn that was delicate and shimmery and would showcase the undulating lace pattern I had in mind. Artyarns Beaded Mohair fit the bill.
With a blend of 60% silk with silk-strung Murano glass beads and 40% mohair, Beaded Mohair is an ethereal yarn that is a pleasure to knit. Iris Schreier founded Artyarns in 2002 and is dedicated to providing responsibly sourced luxury yarns manufactured in the USA. You can find a LYS that carries Artyarns to purchase online here.
I hope you enjoy knitting and wearing the Palisades Lace Cowl.
For spring break this year we put the boyz in the car, left our snowy playground in Alta, Wyoming and drove to Queen’s Creek, Arizona to visit my parents and their swimming pool. The weather was perfect and the meals were fabulous (my mom’s a great cook!)
On our way home we took a slight detour to Sedona, Arizona. I was pleasantly surprised when my husband asked if there was a yarn store I wanted to visit. (He’s a keeper!)
We went over to Knitwits located at 2370 West Highway 89A, Suite 3, And found the most wonderful surprise. Tom and Becky Helgesen, owners of the store, bought all of the last of The YarnSisters Black Pearl Yarn in the white colorway and hired local indie dyer, Stacy Yamauchi to transform each skein into some of the most spectacular colors I’ve ever seen.
You can give Knitwits a call, pick out a skein you like and they will deliver it right to your home.
This yarn is heaven to knit! I worked on the design for several week, casting on and ripping out until I felt happy with a pattern that was simple, elegant and not boring to knit. I especially love how the lace pattern shows little purled mountains, as lovely as the red rocks in Sedona. This long rectangle scarf would be just as beautiful using a less-formal fiber like wool.