Tag Archives: Alta Wyoming

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.

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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!

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

 

Frogged!🐸

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.

Rustic Fair Isle Hat - FROGGED
Rustic Fair Isle Hat – FROGGED

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?
James: hmmmmm
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.

Thanks to all my beautiful models

From left to right, Haylee Lyman, Amelia Wilson and Olivia Wilson
From left to right, Haylee Lyman, Amelia Wilson and Olivia Wilson
Gus, a Belgium Draft horse, property of the Wilson Ranch
Gus, a Belgium Draft horse

and my Sweet Baby James.

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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