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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

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Once Upon A Wooly Dream

Imagine a beautiful place high in the mountains where the snow almost never stops falling and when the sun breaks through the clouds it shines with bright blue skies on a very cold day.  Sounds like Alta, Wyoming to me! My home sweet home is the place where the weather and a local yarn store filled with colorful, soft yarns inspired me to learn to knit.

Antonio GonzĂĄlez-Arnao imagined a place very similar when he dreamed of a brand name for his line of incredibly soft, kettle-dyed yarns – Malabrigo.  Spanish for bad shelter, Antonio loved the idea of a cold, windy place where people would find pleasure creating indoors with their richly dyed, velvety soft wool.

Located in Uruguay and most recently Peru, Malabrigo is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and is dedicated to creating yarn using environmentally responsible methods. Their factories meet Oeko-Tex standards, which means their yarn is free from a range of harmful substances including pesticides and heavy metals often found in manufactured yarn.

I have two designs in my Winter 2016 collection that call for Malabrigo yarns. Downtown Jackson Scarf, knit with Malabrigo Mecha, purchased at The Black Sheep in Encinatas, California

Downtown Jackson Scarf - Malabrigo Mecha, 100% merino and Rowan Fur, 97% wool, 3% nylon
Downtown Jackson Scarf – Malabrigo Mecha, 100% merino and Rowan Fur, 97% wool, 3% nylon

and Sugar House Cowl, knit with Malabrigo Worsted, purchased at Blazing Needles in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sugar House Cowl - Malabrigo Worsted, 100% merino
Sugar House Cowl – Malabrigo Worsted, 100% merino

Have you had the chance to work with Malabrigo Yarns?

 

 

Salt Lake City, Utah

Once upon a time in a cute little neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah called Sugar House, there was a perfect little house.

Blazing Needles Yarn Store. I loved the yarn ball and knitting needles sculpture in the front yard!
Blazing Needles Yarn Store. I loved the yarn ball and knitting needles sculpture in the front yard!

And inside this house a wonderful lady watched over the most beautiful skeins of yarn in all the land.

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Brands like Shibui Knits, Bookland Tweed, Summit Cashmere and Malabrigo.

Malabrigo Worsted, 100% merino
Malabrigo Worsted, 100% merino

This may sound like a fairy tale, but Blazing Needles is a real-life yarn store focused on making every customer feel like a princess who has died and gone to yarn heaven 😇

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I didn’t want to leave, but when I did I couldn’t wait to get home and wind up the gorgeous Malabrigo Worsted I purchased.

The Sugar House Cowl
The Sugar House Cowl

If you’re ever in the Salt Lake area, don’t miss this magical little house on the corner.

Encinitas, California

Last spring we got the chance to visit my brother and sister-in-law and their boys in San Diego, California, the most beautiful, peaceful place on the California coast.  After lunch and before the beach, I paid a visit to The Black Sheep, a LSY located on Highway 101 in Encinitas.

Encinitas Sunset
Encinitas Sunset

This yarn store is the stuff of which dreams are made.

Wall of yarn in Black Sheep. That's Malabrigo Mecha hanging on top.
Wall of yarn in Black Sheep. That’s Malabrigo Mecha hanging on top.

If you can dream of a luxury yarn brand, The Black Sheep probably carries it; Berroco, Classic Elite, Debbie Bliss, Jade Saphire, Rowan, and Skacel to name a few, every brand and style with an abundance of colorways.

I was happy to snag several skeins of Noro Silk Garden Solo

Noro Silk Garden Solo - 45% silk, 45% mohair, 10% wool
Noro Silk Garden Solo – 45% silk, 45% mohair, 10% wool

And Malabrigo Mecha

Malabrigo Mecha - pure merino super wash wool
Malabrigo Mecha – pure merino super wash wool

I’d been dreaming of owning some Noro Solo for months, wanting to pair it with some of my striped Silk Garden in some sort of intarsia designed something or other. Instead, I ended up using most of it for Pierre’s Fringe Wrap.

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You can get the pattern for Pierre’s Fringe Wrap here.

Have you visited The Black Sheep in Encinitas? I’d love to hear about your experience!