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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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. ☃
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! 😄
I started with lots of ideas gleaned from fashion pages and special requests for my hat patterns featured in this edition of Wayfaring Yarns. Needless to say, there were many more that did not make it here than did. Below is one that I worked to the bitter end.
I’m not an artist and have no training in design, just a desire to create something beautiful, something that gives pleasure throughout the entire process of planning, working and gifting. My Sweet Baby James, who is an artist and loves color, innovation and presentation tried to give me gentle hints when I asked his opinion:
Me: (halfway through) Don’t you love these colors?
Me: (before edging was added) Try this on, baby, tell me what you think.
James: It looks like a helmet from The Holy Grail.
Me: (after adding edging) What do you you think now? Would you wear it?
James: Well, probably not. It does look better, though.
Hahaha! Have I learned my lesson? Probably not. But I will continue to solicit his sage advise.
The photo shoot location for the hats I didn’t frog was the Wilson Ranch, a Wyoming Centennial Farm and Ranch. This honor is given to Wyoming farms and ranches which are owned and operated by the same families for 100 years or more. Thanks to Meredith and Dana Wilson for their permission to use this lovely piece of Wyoming.
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.
Thanks for joining me!
Musician by trade
Knitter by choice
Traveler by chance