Caribou Wildflower Cowl

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Download this pattern from Ravelry 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.

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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.

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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!

Fall Sweater Challenge Prizes

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.

Teton Village Sweater
Teton Village Sweater – It’s a quick knit and the pattern is  FREE!

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!

The challenge culminates October 14th & 15 with the start of the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in New York, but you don’t have to be there to win.

There will be lots of fabulous prizes from companies such as The Buffalo Wool Company, Koigu, Jimmy Beans Wool and amazing designers including Marly Bird, Le Tissier Designs, and East End Design Co.  This year I will be offering five of my knitting patterns as prizes:

Dreaming of Edinburgh fingerless mitts
Palisades Lace Cowl
Palisades Lace Cowl
Sedona Lace Scarf
Sedona Lace Scarf
Caribou Wildflower Cowl
Caribou Wildflower Cowl
Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts
Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts

It’s not too late to join in the fun!

Dreaming of Edinburgh Mitts

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Download the pattern from Ravelry here.

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!

 

Palisades Lace Cowl

 

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Idaho sunset

Download the Palisades Lace Cowl from Ravelry.

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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.

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Car knitting in Vegas

Surrounded by pines, aspens, hummingbirds, chipmunks, deer, elk and the occasional moose, Palisades Lake shimmers and glitters in the sun.

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Crisp morning overlooking Palisades Lake

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.

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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.

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I hope you enjoy knitting and wearing the Palisades Lace Cowl.

Selena Miskin – WayfaringYarns Designs

Sedona Lace Scarf

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Sedona Lace Scarf by Selena Miskin

PURCHASE SEDONA LACE SCARF PATTERN ON RAVELRY

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!)

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Arizona cactus in bloom

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!)

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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.

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Black Pearl Yarn

You can give Knitwits a call, pick out a skein you like and they will deliver it right to your home.

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My beautiful purchase of Black Pearl Yarn

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.

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Sedona Lace Scarf by Selena Miskin

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

 

Travel Tales of a Nightly Knitter