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.
In Yellowstone National Park, the Phillips, Greg and Fern rivers join at a junction called Three Rivers which feature hot springs and a spectacular waterfall.
The Three Rivers Shawl is an assymetrical shaped shawl knit from the top down in The Buffalo Wool Company’s Sexy (50% Bison Down/50% Silk) and Earth(90% Bison Down/10% Nylon). This yarn adds to the celebration of this beautiful area in Yellowstone National Park. The pictured shawl features three lace panels representing rivers knit in Sexy, squishy garter stitch panels representing earth and knit in Earth, and a generous lace border knit in Sexy representing waterfalls.
The Buffalo Wool Company is offering two different discounted kits for this shawl. The first kit includes two skeins of Earth and one skein of Sexy, the second kit includes two skeins of Happiness (40% bison down, 40% merino, 20% bamboo) and one skein of Sexy. You can choose your favorite colorway of Sexy for either kit.
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!
My preoccupation with Scotland and all things Scottish continues with my new pattern, Grand MacAlpine Stole. I am a proud descendant of the Clan MacAlpine and used the clan tartan as an inspiration for the design. Worked with two strands of Rowan Yarns Kidsilk Haze held together, this project is great for someone who’s looking to learn or improve their intarsia skills.
I also did a little digging and found out some cool history on the MacAlpines.
There is an old Gaelic saying: Cnuic `is uillt `is Ailpeinich which translates to Hills and streams and MacAlpine. In other words, the MacAlpines were created alongside the hills and streams of Scotland.
Tradition claims MacAlpine as the oldest and most purely Celtic of the Highland Clans. You can read more about the Clan MacAlpine here.