Last fall I was able to attend the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. We drove up out of New York City, enjoying the gorgeous hardwood forests, still green, as it was unseasonably warm for that time of year.
I’ve lived in the western US for half of my life, but I am an east coast girl, born and bred. Nothing stirs my soul like being in a sun dappled, east coast forest. I love the green, I love the filtered light, I love the smell…it’s like being home.
And so the Nantahala Shawl was born. Named after the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, this top down, crescent shaped shawl has a pleasing mix of simple lace and squishy garter stitch sections and ends with a delicate picot bind-off.
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!)
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!)
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.
You can give Knitwits a call, pick out a skein you like and they will deliver it right to your home.
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.