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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!

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The Living is Easy

I love my home.

Canada Goose traffic jam
Canada Goose traffic jam
Mama moose and calf
Mama moose and calf

Alta, Wyoming is a summertime paradise.

Sweet Baby James on the paddle board at String Lake, Yellowstone
Sweet Baby James on the paddle board at String Lake, Grand Teton National Park

The Grand Tetons preside over every activity.

Wild columbines with The Grand Tetons in the distance
Wild columbines with The Grand Tetons in the distance

Summertime in Alta means long days with a 5:30 am sunrise and a 9:30 pm sunset.

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Long days means Mark is home in time to fire up the grill for a late dinner.  Steak sauce, a little squeeze of lemon and we’re ready to eat.

brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, grill and enjoy!

Don’t Know Much

What I know about knitting could fit in Susan B. Anderson’s little pinky tip.  I’ve never meet Susan B. Anderson or even seen her in person, but I do follow her on Pinterest, so there you go.

Now you’ve learned two things about me:
1. Don’t know much about knitting
2. Don’t know much about Susan B. Anderson

Why would someone who doesn’t know much about knitting start a knitting blog?

I love knitting. I’m obsessed with knitting. I think about yarn and patterns and needles constantly.  I log on to ravelry.com a billion times a day. I’m consumed with thoughts of sweaters, socks, cowls, leg warmers, mittens, gloves, hats, dresses, skirts, slippers, booties, boot toppers, stuffed animals, blankets, and even those strange, geeky knits like this

Squid Hat
Squid Hat

Or this

Not Sure
Not Sure

With knits like these, who wouldn’t be inspired?

Here’s my knitting story in a nutshell…

Five years ago I moved to a beautiful little place called Alta, Wyoming, which is nestled in the valley of the Grand Tetons.

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Grand Teton

Alta has snow on the ground from seven to nine month out of each year.

That’s a really, really, really, really long time.

Sometimes we can barely see our trampoline because of the snow.

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This is an above ground tramp

Shortly after moving here, I stopped in to our local LYS (it took me two months to figure out this means Luxury Yarn Store). I couldn’t keep my hands off the yarn. Over the next year and a half I would drop by the store every so often to browse the samples, fondle the yarn and chat with the owner. I finally took the plunge and learned how to knit.

I made this scarf. I ripped it out 15, maybe 20 times. It took me three wonderful months to complete.

Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes
Blue Sky Alpacas
Worsted Hand Dyes

It turns out that Alta is a great place for knitting because of the snow. Snow is beautiful and fun to play in, but snow is cold. So here I was, a fledgling knitter, in this beautiful, cold, snowy place, finding an embarrassing amount of pleasure in every cozy stitch.

Then I learned about socks,

Knit with Koigu KPPPM
Mona Schmidt’s Royal Flush knit with Koigu KPPPM

then I knit a sweater (a baby sweater, but who’s counting stitches),

Debbie Bliss Aran Sweater knit with Amy Butler Belle Organic DK
Debbie Bliss Aran Sweater knit with Amy Butler Belle Organic DK

then I learned it was actually called a pullover.

Then I went to a writer’s conference in New York City where I met a girl wearing a lovely hand-knit vest. (I learned that knitters wear hand-knit wool vests in July, in NYC…cray-cray!) She told me about Ravelry and that’s all she wrote.

Literally, that was the end of my short, non-profitable writing career because all I wanted to do in my spare time was knit. The only reason I’m writing now is because I’m writing about knitting.

Did I mention I love knitting?

What’s your knitting story?