Category Archives: Winter 2016

Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat

Star Wars Spin Master BB-8 and Barbie Smart Dream House, it’s time to move over and make room for the #1 hot gift of the season…The Messy Bun Hat!  Also known as the ponytail hat, this topless hat pattern is the most requested style of knitted gifts for the season.

Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat

Knit in The Buffalo Wool Company’s Earth Aran (90% bison down, 10% nylon), this cabled, topless hat is a perfect choice for active winter sports lovers.

Downhill, telemark, backcountry, crosscountry and skate skiing are some of the different types of skiing we enjoy in snowy Alta, Wyoming.  And even when it’s 20 degrees fahrenheit (-6.6 C), when the sun is shining it’s hot outside!

It's 18 degrees F outside, too hot for a hat!
It’s 18 degrees F outside, too hot for a hat!

The Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat is perfect for keeping your ears cozy and snug while allowing your ponytail (or messy bun) plenty of freedom.  And if the sun isn’t shining (brrrrr!) you can pull this hat over your head and wear it as a neck gaiter.  Perfect!

Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat worn as a neck gaiter
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat worn as a neck gaiter

Hope you enjoy knitting this pattern, revised with new charts.   You can find my original page featuring the hat here and  can download it here on Ravelry.

Barchan Earflap Hat

Download the pattern from Ravelry FREE for 24 hours!

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The Barchan Earflap Hat is named after the horseshoe-shaped snowdrifts called barchans.  Worked from the top down with a provisional cast-on, this ribbed hat has a seamless construction with no short rows or stitches to pick up.  The slouchy version of the hat is shown, but the pattern can be easily adapted for a beanie style, with or without earflaps.

I’m in love with the Lana Grossa Fur Pom Pom from The Trendsetter Yarn Group.  It attaches easily with a snap which you stitch onto the hat.  It’s just so soft and fuzzy and gorgeous!

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I used the beautiful worsted wool I bought in Dresden, Germany a few years ago at The Green Wheel.  I love having yarn as a souvenir.  It was so much fun to relive a little bit of that amazing trip!

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Darling German cherub
Darling German cherub

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Grand Teton December Hat KAL

WayfaringYarns Grand Teton December KAL begins on Monday, December 5th!

This pattern is Free until December 12th.  Download the pattern from Ravelry.

One Short Week, One Beautiful Hat, One Fabulous Prize

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The hat is made with two strands of bulky yarn held together to create luxurious cables, so bulky you only use your cable needle for three rounds.  To make this hat even more grand add a big fluffy pompom or attach a fur pompom for a trendy fashion statement.

For the sample, I used two strands of Rowan Cocoon Yarn held together, the same color for the brim and two different colors for a marled effect in the body of the hat.

Head over to my Facebook Group, WayfaringYarns Designs to join in the KAL and be eligible for the prize!

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The fabulous prize for this super quick knit along is a genuine fur pompom from Trendsetter Yarns.  I love the way the inner down of this particular pompom is dyed a soft lavender.

Can’t wait for the fun to begin!

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?